Explore activities, events and resources from previous BC Museums Weeks!
BC Museums Week 2018 took place May 13-20.
In 2018, BCMA focused on themes of “connectedness” to showcase the impact of museums in B.C. communities – e.g. collaboration between museums and First Nations to showcase Indigenous languages and cultural heritage and advance reconciliation, museums as sites of learning and connection, diversity and inclusion as new drivers, and innovative uses of technology to connect people with collections. This theme was chosen to reflect the 2018 theme for International Museum Day: “Hyperconnected museums: new publics, new approaches.”
See the 2018 How-To Guide for BC Museums Week! Included are Daily themes, online involvement, and ways to get connected!
Previous Museums Week posters:
Click the thumbnails below to download our BC Museums Week posters.
BC Museums Week is perfectly situated in the international museum calendar as it includes International Museum Day (IMD), an ICOM-sanctioned celebration that takes place annually on May 18.
The objective of IMD is to raise awareness of the fact that, “Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples.” ICOM’s theme for this year’s IMD is “Hyperconnected museums: new publics, new approaches.”
Go Global: Join the IMD celebrations:
ICOM released a resource kit for IMD 2018 that included event examples and step-by-step instructions for planning and promoting activities. You can also get your IMD events on the IMD Map by registering them with ICOM.
The Province of British Columbia proclaimed that May 14-21, 2017 shall be known as “BC Museums Week,” recognizing, among other things, “the importance of museums, art galleries, historic sites, cultural centres and other memory institutions as keepers of legacy, places of learning, and drivers for the economic and social well-being of our communities.”
BC Museums Week 2017 was perfectly situated in the international museum calendar as it included the 40th International Museum Day (IMD), an ICOM-sanctioned celebration that takes place annually on May 18. ICOM’s theme for 2017 was “Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums.”
The BCMA invited all BC museums, art galleries, historic sites, cultural centres, and other related memory institutions to participate in BC Museums Week 2017 and International Museum Day. Organizations were welcome to participate in whatever way they desired, from tweets to teas, programs to promotions, emails to events, etc. ICOM released a resource kit for IMD 2017 that included event examples and step-by-step instructions for planning and promoting activities.
The BCMA coordinated themed social media days for BC Museums Week. Click here to see the themes for each day. Using #BCMuseums on Facebook and Twitter, over 55 museums contributed posts and celebrated their communities throughout the week. We were also excited to see organizations from the broader GLAM sector join in and help celebrate the museums and related cultural heritage institutions in their areas!
#BCMuseums was a major success in spreading the word about BC Museums Week. The tag was even trending on Twitter in the Vancouver region on May 15!
Other 2017 highlights include Kamloops Art Gallery, which was open by donation for the full week, and the BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum remained open late by donation on International Museum Day, providing a space for local sports collectors to bring items to showcase to the public, and displaying artwork from local schools.