BC Museums Week 2019 will take place May 18-24. 

Do you have an opening, a feature exhibition or regular programming that is low-cost and appealing to a broad audience? Share information about your free activities, family programming, admission by donation days, educational activities/workshops, online collections, etc, by clicking below.

BCMA will use the BC Museums Week to promote activities that are happening across the province by featuring events on this page of our website and publicizing them via social media. Please take advantage of this opportunity to showcase your programming and any special events you may have planned.

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Retro Abby: Remembering Abbotsford’s Pasts

Date: May 17, 2019

Time: 10:00 - 15:00

Location: room B132 at the University of the Fraser Valley’s Abbotsford Campus


Heritage Abbotsford Society will be marking its 50th anniversary by partnering with the UFV History Department to host a day of Abbotsford History on May 17th. Retro Abby: Remembering Abbotsford’s Pasts will feature displays by local history and heritage organizations, UFV student research projects, and a panel of speakers who will address a number of engaging local historical issues and topics.

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“The idea for a joint event was hatched in 2017, when we started to think of ways to commemorate the Society’s 50th anniversary” says Christina Reid, the Society’s Executive Director. “The opportunity to partner with UFV presented itself through our board member, Robin Anderson, who is an Associate Professor of History at the University, and our UFV board liaison, Dr. Ian RocksboroughSmith. Through this partnership, we were able to combine ‘what we do best with what they do best’ and put together this creative event.” Other organizations participating with presentations, booths and activities on the day include the Reach Gallery Museum, Stó:lō Research and Resource Management Centre, the Sikh Heritage Museum, the Mennonite Heritage Museum,  Mennonite Historic Society, Clayburn Village Community Society, and the UFV Library Heritage Collection.

Reid says the Society is hoping that this event will be an opportunity for all the participants to collaborate. “The event will not just benefit our respective organizations and the UFV student researchers, but it will leave an actual legacy once all is said and done – the students’ research will still be here long after the event, and we hope they will continue to collaborate with the participating organizations in the future.”

Retro Abbotsford takes place on Friday, May 17th, 2019 from 10am to 3pm in room B132 at the University of the Fraser Valley’s Abbotsford Campus.

50% Off Admission: Barkerville Historic Town & Park

Start date: May 16, 2019

End date: May 31, 2019

Location: Barkerville Historic Town & Park


Admission to Barkerville Historic Town & Park is 50% off in the month of May to celebrate Museums Week

Steeped in Tradition

Start date: May 12, 2019

End date: September 2, 2019

Location: Lake Country Heritage and Cultural Society


Learn all about our Japanese ancestors. Engage in a traditional Chinese tea ceremony.

Exhibition: ALL THAT LIGHT

Start date: May 11, 2019

End date: June 7, 2019

Time: 10:00 - 17:00

Location: Lipont Place


Paintings by Monica Gewurz and Farahnaz Samari

This exhibit reflects the material world and the immaterial soul. Both artists have captured the ephemeral effects of sunlight upon land and sea in textured landscapes. This art exhibition is suitable for audience of all ages.

water honours us: womxn and waterways

Start date: April 10, 2019

End date: October 2, 2019

Location: Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art

2019 womxn and waterways

Water is an essential ingredient for human life—it connects us geographically, culturally and socially while fuelling our bodies and spirits. Guest curators ReMatriate Collective reveal the unique connection between womxn and water in the matriarchal societies of the Northwest Coast.

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Featuring artists:
Richelle Bear Hat (Blackfoot/Cree), Krystle Coughlin (Selkirk), Lindsay Katsitsakaste Delaronde (Mohawk), Alison Marks (Tlingit), Dionne Paul (Nuxalk/Sechelt), Kali Spitzer (Kaska Dena), Marika Echachis Swan (Nuu-chah-nulth), Carrielynn Victor (Sto:lo), Veronica Rose Waechter (Gitxsan), Water Keeper Audrey Siegl (Musqueam).

Counternarratives – Watercolour Paintings by Archibald Fairbairn

Start date: February 13, 2019

End date: June 2, 2019

Location: Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art


The sublime watercolor paintings of Archibald Fairbairn (1888-1979) document the beauty of totem poles and communities during the early 20th century. This exhibition juxtaposes an idealistic painter’s postcolonial gaze with critical discourse from contemporary indigenous voices.

Guest Curator: Edwin Neel


If you’d like to plan something special for BC Museums Week, there are lots of ideas in the participation guide – e.g. admission by donation, free day, behind the scenes tour, sidewalk chalk, etc.

All members encouraged to participate in social media with #bcmuseums hashtag and daily themes and/or suggested tweets!

Learn more about BC Museums Week