Community Engagement

Opportunities to Engage

The Royal BC Museum has launched the first phase of an extensive, province-wide community engagement program and needs your ideas, your feedback, your voice.

There are many ways to participate:

  • Sign up for in-person information sessions in your community
  • Register for virtual sessions
  • Take the survey available online and at museum kiosks

With your help, the Museum is looking to the future, committed to creating community connections, educational programs, and inclusive, thought-provoking experiences for all British Columbians and the world.

Additional in-person and virtual sessions will be added to the calendar as opportunities are scheduled. Please sign-up at your earliest convenience; space is limited. RSVP is required to attend dialogue sessions.

The Journey so Far

Since its inception in 1886, the Royal BC Museum has changed and evolved alongside the rest of the province. Today’s Royal BC Museum is committed to creating community connections, gathering spaces and educational programs, and to providing opportunities for critical thinking, self-reflection, and thought-provoking experiences to people across BC and around the world.

The archives were founded in 1894 and in 2003, both organizations joined together to become BC’s combined provincial museum and archives, with its purpose being to broaden the understanding about our province. We are passionate about inspiring curiosity and wonder, while sharing BC’s story with millions of visitors who walk through our doors and explore our website each year.

Updating our aging facilities and infrastructure is a critical part of modernizing the museum and archives, but so too is rethinking our methods and processes. It’s a significant task. Modernizing the museum requires fiscal responsibility, enormous creativity and—above all else—an approach that welcomes and includes the perspectives of all British Columbians.

The Collections and Research Building

In September 2020, the Province of BC announced plans to build a new Collections and Research Building (CRB) in Colwood, BC. This purpose-built, sustainable facility will house the Royal BC Museum’s archives, collections and research department. It will improve research activities by providing dedicated research labs and learning spaces and improve public access to the province’s vast collections.

Learn more about the Collections and Research Building here

Community Engagement

Open to Listening

The Royal BC Museum plans to undertake a multi-year, province-wide engagement plan to listen to the people of BC and gather feedback with respect to the future of the museum. This approach, evolving through different stages of public engagement, is intended to help the museum and its diverse audiences envision the future of the museum together.

Phase 1: Dialogue with British Columbians

 

Phase 2: Deeper Engagement Through Consultation

Who Do We Hope to Listen to?

The Royal BC Museum’s goal is for British Columbians of all demographics and lived experiences to feel a sense of belonging, ownership and pride about the provincial museum and the stories it shares with the world.

We are asking everyone across BC to participate in public engagement and are making a special effort to have conversations and collect feedback from:

  • Municipalities across the province
  • First Nations, Urban Indigenous, Métis and Inuit peoples
  • Culturally-based/focused groups
  • GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives and museum) sector partners
  • Business partners and Chambers of Commerce
  • Post-secondary institutes and school districts
  • Special interest groups, such as mental health associations
  • LGBTQIA2s+
  • Youth
  • People with accessibility needs

Your involvement now, and throughout the community engagement process, can help us better understand how the people of BC envision their Royal BC Museum of the future. We are open to listening and open to your feedback.

Dialogue Sessions – Sign up now

 

Dialogue Sessions – What we’ve heard so far

The Royal BC Museum began the first phase of community engagement in January, 2023. Since then, the museum has heard from hundreds of people, in person and online. Read our latest Community Engagement Summary report of the places we’ve visited, the people we’ve listened to, and some of the most pressing questions and significant comments raised by participants. You can also watch a recent Zoom recording of a Dialogue Session to learn more about phase 1 of our community engagement.