The BCMA Celebrates 60 Years | Join Now!

JOIN US!  We are celebrating our 60th Anniversary year with special incentives to join the BCMA in 2017.

  • New Individual members who join BCMA between March 1 and December 31, 2017, receive a two-year membership for $60.
  • New Student/Volunteer members who join BCMA between March 1 and December 31, 2017 receive a two-year membership for $40.
  • New Institutional members who join between March 1 and December 31, 2017, will be entered in a draw for one free 2018 Conference delegate registration!

*annual membership dues revert to regular rates upon renewal.

Founded in 1957, the BCMA has over 400 members across the province ranging from major museums and historic and heritage sites, to independent galleries, and community archives. We connect and support their professional staff, trustees and passionate volunteers.  We honour excellence, inspire innovation, support professional development, and we advocate on behalf of the sector to build recognition and support stability and growth.

Membership is available to organizations and individuals, with benefits designed specifically for each membership category. Visit the Become a Member page for an outline of each category and the corresponding membership benefits.

Will you join us?

Update: BC | Canada 150 funding program

There was a tremendous response from the provincial museum and heritage sector for this new grant opportunity.

On January 16, 2017 the Province of British Columbia announced British Columbia | Canada 150: Celebrating B.C. Communities and their Contributions to Canada, a new funding program designed to invest $7.6 million in legacy, culture and heritage projects in communities throughout the province as part of the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation. The one-time grants of up to $100,000 were open to organizations with a culture or heritage mandate responsible for a museum, archive or historic place including not-for- profits, First Nations Band Councils, Aboriginal Friendship Centres, local governments and post-secondary institutions.

Applicants could apply under the following funding themes:

  • Developing Infrastructure
  • Conserving historic places and heritage sites
  • Building lasting legacies
  • Sharing our history (collaborative projects with the Royal BC Museum)

The BC Museums Association is honoured to administer this grant program on behalf of the Province of British Columbia, with the support of Heritage BC. The application deadline was February 10, 2017.

It was exciting and perhaps not surprising – to witness such a tremendous response to this grant opportunity for our provincial museum and heritage sector:

  • 416 eligible applications were received from all around the province
  • Total value of applications: $24,335,311

There are many exciting initiatives happening all throughout British Columbia and we thank everyone for their submission.

Please continue to check our Grants page for up-to- date information as it relates to this grant program and the announcement of successful applicants expected in late March 2017.

Indigenous Perspectives on Repatriation Symposium: March 29-31, 2017

The BC Museums Association is honoured to support the Indigenous Perspectives on Repatriation Symposium, March 29-31, 2017 in Kelowna, BC.  This important symposium is organized by the Royal BC Museum in partnership with the First Peoples’ Cultural Council. On March 29–31, 2017, Indigenous organizations, cultural practitioners, scholars, museum and archive professionals will convene in Kelowna to review past and current efforts and begin the process of identifying long-term strategies and resources required for First Nations to successfully secure the return of ancestral remains, sacred objects and intangible cultural heritage.

Visit the symposium website or read the Repatriation Symposium Invitation (PDF) for more information on the event and how to register.