BC Museums Week 2018

BC Museums Week 2018 Proclamation
Join the BCMA and museums from around BC as we celebrate and highlight the work of our members, discuss important themes for the sector, and work together to build a stronger future.

BC Museums Week will take place May 13-20, 2018.

In 2018, BCMA will focus 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 is chosen to reflect the 2018 theme for International Museum Day: “Hyperconnected museums: new publics, new approaches.”


What is BC Museums Week?

BC Museums Week is the annual celebration of museums, art galleries, historic sites, cultural centres, and other memory institutions in BC.  The week is held annually in May, providing an opportunity for British Columbians to celebrate the vital role museums play in their communities, economy and education.

Each year, the BCMA creates a series of BC Museums Week activities and resources aimed at promoting and highlighting BC museums and their staff and volunteers.  Cultural institutions in BC are encouraged to join the celebrations by engaging on social media or hosting their own special events.

In 2017, over 55 museums and other organizations in BC joined the BC Museums Week conversations on social media.  Explore previous BC Museums Week events and activities here.


How to join BC Museums Week

Download our full How-To Guide for BC Museums Week!

The BCMA invites all BC museums, art galleries, historic sites, cultural centres, and other related memory institutions to participate in BC Museums Week and International Museum Day.  Organizations are welcome to participate in whatever way they choose, from tweets to teas, programs to promotions, emails to events, etc.

On Social Media:

Join the conversation by using #BCMuseums and sharing your posts with us on Twitter or Facebook.

Each year the BCMA creates daily discussion themes for social media.  See what they are this year and plan your posts by downloading our how-to resource.

At Your Museum:

One of the best ways to celebrate BC Museums Week with your community is to host an event or run a special on-site program.  Download our how-to resource guide for event ideas and to see how you can match your event to our BC Museums Week theme.

Be sure to find out who is your local MP or your local MLA and invite them to your event!

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.

Are you planning a BC Museums Week or IMD 2018 event at your museum?  Email the details to the BCMA’s Programs & Member Services Coordinator, Ben Fast so we can add you to our list of participating museums.

Download the BC Museums Week posters:

Click the thumbnails below to download our BC Museums Week posters.

We have many different posters all highlighting ways “Museums connect us with…”.  Check back in the coming weeks for more poster versions!



Do you have other ideas for how “museums connect us with ______”?  Email the BCMA and let us know!

Thanks to our wonderful members for supplying photos and showing us ways museums connect people for this year’s posters!


International Museum Day

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 has released a resource kit for IMD 2018 that includes 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.