Courses, Conferences and Workshops

2017 Regional Workshops –  April 10 (Nanaimo), April 24 (Penticton), May 1 (Prince George)

Our spring regional workshops will focus on emergency preparedness for fires, floods and earthquakes. Learn from the experts and begin, or refine, an emergency plan for your museum, gallery, archive, cultural centre or heritage site. Workshops will take place in Nanaimo, Penticton, and Prince George.  For more information and to register, click here


BC Museums Week Proclamation

BC Museums Week and International Museum Day

The BC Museums Association is excited to announce the launch of BC Museums Week 2017!

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.

The Province of British Columbia has 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 is perfectly situated in the international museum calendar as it includes International Museum Day (IMD), an ICOM-sanctioned celebration now in its 40th year that takes place annually on May 18. To learn more and to see how you can participate in BC Museums Week and IMD, click here.


BCMA Webinars

The BCMA is excited to introduce a series of professional development webinars, presented in partnership with the Royal BC Museum and Archives. On the third Tuesday of every month, join your museum colleagues from around the province for a lunch-hour webinar. These engaging professional development opportunities will cover a different topic each month, from education to conservation, marketing to exhibit fabrication, and everything else in between. Museum professionals from within our membership will present each webinar, with special guests along the way.  For information and to register for the next webinar, please click here.

This webinar series is presented in partnership with the Royal BC Museum.


Conference 2017: October 3-6, 2017, Victoria, BC

Our next annual conference will be held in Victoria from October 3-6, 2017.  Save the date and watch for more news to come as speakers, registration details and venues are announced over the coming months!

Continue to check back for announcements of upcoming events and programs. 


Recent Events and Programs

Indigenous Perspectives on Repatriation: Moving Forward Together – March 29-31, 2017, Kelowna, BC

The BC Museums Association was honoured to support this important symposium organized by the Royal BC Museum in partnership with the First Peoples’ Cultural Council. On March 29–31, 2017, Indigenous organizations, cultural practitioners, scholars, museum and archive professionals convened in Kelowna to review past and current efforts and begin the process of identifying long-term strategies and resources required for First Nations to successfully secure the return of ancestral remains, sacred objects and intangible cultural heritage. Visit the symposium website or read the Repatriation Symposium Invitation (PDF) for more information on the event.

Conference 2016, Whistler

Our 2016 conference was held in Whistler from October 12-14, 2016. Learn more here.

Canada 150 Provincial Forum

Presented by the BC Museums Association, Royal Roads University and BC Heritage Branch with support from the BC Historical Federation and the Archives Association of  BC.

April 22 was a full day of dialogue at the Canada 150 Provincial Forum produced in partnership with Royal Roads University with support from the BC Heritage Branch and the Archives Association of BC. Check out all the Canada 150 Provincial Forum resources we gathered and produced here.