When planning an event, consider the Laurel Packinghouse, part of the Kelowna Museums Society. Whether you are hosting a conference, fundraiser, art show or meeting, or celebrating a wedding, anniversary, Christmas party, or other social event, the Laurel provides a unique, atmospheric backdrop for a memorable occasion.
Laurel Packinghouse; All time frames include deliveries, set-up and take-down time. Taxes are included, and a KMS staff member will be present throughout all events.
There are a variety of service providers, including caterers, photographers, musicians, bar services, decorators and event planners/suppliers who are welcomed by the Kelowna Museums Society because they are professionals who provide excellent service and quality results.
Kelowna Museums Society staff would be pleased to offer suggestions. Be sure to let the Kelowna Museums Society staff know who your service providers will be so that a first-time orientation can take place prior to your event. We have a binder of options you’re welcome to look through at your convenience.
Kelowna Museums Society promotes supporting our local community; we welcome local businesses into the Laurel.
The Laurel Packinghouse was built in 1917, using bricks made locally from Knox Mountain clay. At that time, what is now Kelowna’s Cultural District was packed with fruit warehouses, packinghouses, canneries, and a sawmill. Horses, boxcars, and trucks jostled for position on tracks and dirt roads.
A fire in the 1960’s destroyed much of the industrial district, but the Laurel was a working packinghouse until the 1970s. When it was slated for demolition in 1982, members of the community rallied to save it, making it Kelowna’s first designated heritage building. The building was revitalized in 2010.
Today the Laurel is a unique and atmospheric rental space for events such as weddings, private functions, and community events. All proceeds from rentals help the Kelowna Museums Society support the preservation and presentation of Kelowna’ s heritage.
Shop for made-in-Okanagan treats and treasures in the Laurel Packinghouse! Be delighted by unique artisan made keepsakes and delicious local products. Select an authentic fruit crate label, framed archival reprint, or a unique local gift card for those hard-to-buy-for people in your life. Bead collectors will want to string up The Bearpaw, Kelowna Museums Society’s signature bead.
We also create gift baskets, suitable for business clients and special occasions.
All gift shop proceeds support the Kelowna Museums Society in its mission to provide the public with educational exhibitions and programs that foster personal participation, stimulate curiosity, and engage the senses with the cultures, histories, and possibilities of the Okanagan region.
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A signed, dated and countersigned Kelowna Museums Society contract as well as a deposit equal to 50% of the total rental fee.
Entry for you and for your service providers will be the start time written into your contract.
Tables and chairs can be decorated; as well, free-standing decorations can be used. Draperies, wall-hangings, lights and additional furniture can be added to your décor. No duct tape, scotch tape, pins, nails, or other materials are to be affixed to the space, and lights should remain in position, in order to protect the status of the Laurel Packinghouse as a Municipal Heritage Landmark.
Yes, as long as they are enclosed in glass and not on the window sills, in the bathrooms, or near flammable fabric.
Yes, live music and the use of a DJ is fine. We do not have a sound system suitable for dance music so you will need to arrange your own speakers and amps. Please be respectful of our neighbours; music is to be turned off by 12:30 am.
Yes, you are welcome to bring in alcohol and arrange for service according to BCLCB laws. You will need to file a Special Occasions License and ensure that your bartenders have a Serving it Right registration number.
Yes. KMS is happy to provide suggestions of service providers and you are welcome to use others as long as they do an orientation of the Laurel Packinghouse at least ten days prior to your event.
Yes! It helps that the loading bay and other doors remain closed unless they’re being actively used.
Everything you bring into the building for your event should be removed by the time the rental period is over. All gear, including all rental equipment, must be removed from the Laurel prior to 2:00 am. If specific arrangements have been made prior to the event and confirmed with the Rental Coordinator, then goods may be left on the stage overnight for early morning pick-up without penalty.
Yes. The BCOIM is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00am to 5:00pm. KMS staff will ensure that your event is not interrupted by public access to the museum.
12:00 am is last call. 12:30 am music must be off and take-down begun. By 1:00 am, the guests are to be gone, and the loading out of gear underway. By 2:00 am, the doors are locked.
Yes, there is metered street parking as well as pay lots on Ellis Street and Cawston Avenue.
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