BCMA Conference 2018 – Registration Open Now!

BC’s only provincial conference for museum, gallery and history professionals, BCMA Conference 2018 takes place in Kelowna!

Join us for the opportunity to network with hundreds of colleagues from across the province. Enjoy a full program of workshops and presentations that focus on best practices and innovations and explore issues such as relationships with Indigenous communities, social justice, and climate change within museum, art gallery and cultural centre practices. Whether you are a student or a mid-career professional, you’ll find much of value in the sessions and in your renewed/new connections with colleagues.

The 2018 conference theme is: Innovation and Technology: Keeping Pace with Acceleration. 

Conference registration is NOW OPEN!

The BCMA Conference registration dates are:

  • Regular: July 15-September 14
  • Late: September 15-October 19
Registration fees in order of date are:
  • BCMA Members: $450 | $545
  • BCMA Student Members: $335 | $475
  • Non-Members: $565 | $630
  • Pre-Conference Workshop: $150 ($250 for non-members)


Click here to register today!


As you register, be sure to check the price against your membership status.  If you believe you should be receiving a member rate but you only have the non-member ticket choice, it could be because you are using a different email than that associated with your membership, or because another person in your institution is listed on the membership instead of you, or because your membership is lapsed.  Call or email the office at bcma@museumsassn.bc.ca or 250-356-5700 for help if this is the case.

You can also find information and applications for Conference Volunteers, the Conference Hotel, the BCMA Conference Travel Bursary, and other financial assistance on the Conference Registration Page.

Conference Promo Flyer

Download our BCMA 2018 Promo Flyer today and share the Conference info with your colleagues!

Call for Expressions of Interest – Small Museums Toolbox

The BC Museums Association is developing a “ toolbox” of resources designed specifically to meet the needs of staff and volunteers in small museums across British Columbia.  Our goal is to create new resources that are user-friendly, visually-appealing, practical in nature, easy-to-implement and geared toward generalists working in small museums.

We are looking for knowledgeable museum professionals, experts and consultants to help us develop content in three areas: Collections Management; Museum Education; Exhibit Development. If you’d like to share your knowledge and support small museums in B.C., we invite you to submit an expression of interest as a volunteer or professional consultant.

Click here for the full Small Museums Toolbox Expression of Interest package.

Expressions of Interest are due no later than 5pm Pacific Time, July 20, 2018.

BCMA Conference 2018 Sponsorships Available Now

Are you interested in increasing your visibility and deepening relationships with the BC museum and cultural heritage community?  Then check out the BCMA’s sponsorship opportunities, including for Conference 2018 in Kelowna this October!

A variety of sponsorship options are available at the annual BCMA conference, including workshop, gala dinner, reception, keynote, and coffee break sponsorships.  You can also explore options for sponsoring our year-round programming to help you promote your brand and connect with sector leaders on an ongoing basis.

If you’re interested in exhibiting at conference, or purchasing an ad in the conference program, you can also find those options in the sponsorship package below.

View our sponsorship opportunities package here:


BCMA’s annual conference is a highlight for many museum leaders and decision-makers. Our conference attracts 120-150 sector professionals, governments, funders and industry members from across BC and Canada each year. This year’s conference, Innovation & Technology: Keeping Pace with Acceleration, will be held in Kelowna from October 21-23, 2018.

A special pre-conference workshop on October 20, 2018, will help sector professionals develop, enhance and stimulate relationships with local First Nations communities by providing a robust and meaningful dialogue showcasing best practices and insight into some of BC’s most creative and respectful collaborations.

Click here to see more about BCMA’s 2018 conference.

Nominate someone for a BCMA Award today!

The BCMA encourages members and people from the community to nominate someone for a BCMA Award for Outstanding Achievement today!

The BCMA recognizes a number of individuals and organizations each year for their service and excellence within the sector.  There are six awards available for nomination: the Distinguished Service Award, the Museum Stewardship & Service Award, the Innovation Award sponsored by NGX Interactive, and three categories of Awards of Merit (Excellence in Community Engagement, Excellence in Exhibitions, and Excellence in Collections).  To view the full award categories and descriptions, please click here.

If you are interested in nominating an individual or organization for an award, please read through the full criteria and nominations page.

Nominations for the BCMA Awards for Outstanding Achievement for 2018 are now OPEN.


The 2017 BCMA Awards for Outstanding Achievement winners gather with The Honourable Judith Guichon, OBC, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia after the 60th Anniversary Gala. See the full list of award recipients from 2017.


Each year the BCMA recognizes award nominees and announces the winners at our BCMA Awards Gala event, a main part of our annual conference.  This year’s gala will be held in Kelowna.  Visit our conference page for more information.

Be sure to submit nominations early to ensure no deserving nominee is left out!