Founded in 1957, the British Columbia Museums Association (BCMA) creates a bright future for British Columbia’s museum, gallery, and related heritage communities through networking, advocacy, innovation, and professional development. It delivers programs and services to the benefit of its members and the sector at large, acting as the cultural and heritage information hub for British Columbia while providing a unified voice for the institutions, trustees, professional staff and volunteers.

A Council elected from the membership governs the BCMA. Councillors set policy for the Association while services are delivered by a small professional staff and volunteer committees. The BCMA is a provincially incorporated society and a registered charitable organization.

Why: We believe in the transformative power of museums*.

Vision: The museum community is valued for providing leadership, dialogue, influence and knowledge to British Columbians.

Mission: We lead by supporting, empowering and advocating for the BC museum community.


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

The British Columbia Museums Association (BCMA) Council and Committees agree to uphold the BCMA’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through its work by creating and maintaining an environment that respects diverse traditions, heritages, and experiences. We support diversity (including, but not limited to, diversity in age, sex, identity, geography, ethnicity, orientation, and resources) in all programs, policies, initiatives, and decisions created by the Association.



*BC Museums Association embraces a broad and inclusive definition of museums as institutions created in the public interest that engage visitors, foster deeper understanding and promote the enjoyment and sharing of authentic cultural and natural heritage. This may include art galleries, natural, archeological and ethnographic sites, botanical and zoological gardens, aquaria and vivaria, science centres and planetaria, cultural centres, conservation institutes and exhibition galleries permanently maintained by libraries and archive centres, and nature reserves.