The BC Museums Association is honoured to administer the British Columbia | Canada 150: Celebrating B.C. Communities and their Contributions to Canada grant program on behalf of the Province of British Columbia, with support from Heritage BC.


The BCMA awards program was established in the 1970s to recognize individuals, institutions and companies who have made a significant or unique contribution to BC’s museums, art galleries and heritage community. Called the BCMA Awards for Outstanding Achievement, it serves to recognize contributions made in three categories:

The Distinguished Service Award, The Museum Service & Stewardship Award and The Award of Merit (up to 3 awards).


BCMA Council with 2016 Awards Recipients. Courtesy of Destrubé Photography.

To see a history of the awards, see our Awards History page.


The Bursaries Program for the BC Museums Association includes two bursaries that may be awarded annually: