Reopening Museums

Reopening Guidelines for BC Museums, Galleries & Cultural Organizations

The BCMA has compiled a guide, which has then been reviewed by the Government of British Columbia, to assist museums, galleries, culture centres, and heritage organizations in preparing their sites to be reopened to staff, volunteers, and the public.

How Museums Across Canada and Around the World Are Reopening During COVID-19

Explore how museums, art galleries, and cultural organizations across Canada and around the world are reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Covid-19 Resources

COVID-19 Resources for Museums and Cultural Organizations

This post explores best practices, innovative ideas, and administrative support for cultural organizations as they cope with prolonged closures, remote work, and reopening.

COVID-19 Impact Survey

In partnership with Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance, and BC Alliance for Arts + Culture, the BCMA is working to help quantify the impact that COVID-19 is having on the province’s arts, culture, and heritage sector. Help us by completing this survey – data from this survey will be essential in helping government better understand the economic and social impact of COVID-19 on our sector.

COVID-19 and BC Museums

These resources are not to be taken as legal advice or definitive answers to the challenges facing our sector, but rather as links to trusted sources of information from official government channels. We urge all members to look to local, provincial, and federal levels of government for information and best practices to help safeguard our communities’ wellbeing. The situation has been changing rapidly and it is important to seek up-to-date information from reliable sources.

Applying for Employment Insurance Benefits

Employment Insurance (EI) provides regular benefits to individuals who lose their jobs through no fault of their own (for example, due to shortage of work, seasonal or mass lay-offs) and are available for and able to work, but can’t find a job. This information has been gathered using resources available online and may assist you in your application to receive employment insurance benefits.


BCMA’s Digital Resources

In addition to the digital resources located on our COVID-19 Resources for Museums and Cultural Organizations page, the BCMA would like to highlight these resources:

Exploring Digital Outreach – An Introduction to Livestream Site Tours 

On March 30 digital educator Jenny Arnold offered a webinar exploring tips, tools, and technology for live streaming your site. From virtual classroom tours, to finding new ways to engage your community, this webinar and accompanying blog post offer easy, affordable ideas for creating successful live streams.

Using Your Phone to Create Video – Tips & Tricks from Videographers

Creating a video to share online can be overwhelming. From the scripting and planning stage right through to the editing phase, video creation can be time-consuming and difficult to get just right. These days, it’s so important to create meaningful and engaging content to share online, but how do you ensure that you’re creating video content that fits with your brand and that stands out above the rest? Luckily, you can do a lot with the tools you already have at home – a smartphone and good lighting go a long way, especially if you script and plan your video just right! Award-winning videographer duo Paper Heart Films shared their tips with the BCMA community on April 9.

Virtual Exhibits – Engagement & Accessibility

Museums across the world have shuttered their doors during this COVID-19 pandemic and many are turning to digital programming to keep in contact with their audiences. Virtual exhibit tours are one of the many ways institutes are engaging and entertaining their virtual visitors. Sandra Borger, Visitor Experience Manager at the Museum of Surrey, and Meena Bhagat photographer from Fraser Valley Virtual presented our April 27 webinar. Sandra introduced how the Museum of Surrey approached creating a virtual exhibit and shared how a virtual exhibit can support visitors and engagement during this COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Meena shared how a virtual exhibit is created using a Matterport 3D camera and how other institutes can get started.

Youtube Channel

To support our community with the ongoing Covid-19 closures the BCMA has made all of our previous webinars publicly available for viewing on our YouTube channel. Explore sessions on communication, fundraising, digitalization, advocacy, climate change and more.

Information on our upcoming webinars can be found here.