Francis Kermode Group

Join the Francis Kermode Group

Named after the Royal BC Museum’s first Director, the Francis Kermode Group of visionary patrons enjoys a special relationship with our world-class team of curators, researchers, archivists and conservators, and is committed to advancing the work of the Royal BC Museum. The group deepens its engagement with the Museum through a series of social events, special privileges, and customized learning opportunities.

The generous financial support we receive from the Francis Kermode Group provides vital unrestricted income that helps the Museum to meet its most pressing needs. Patrons make an annual contribution of $2,000 which includes a fee to cover membership costs, along with a voluntary donation which is eligible for an official tax receipt.

Please consider joining this group of interesting individuals and enriching your Royal BC Museum experience.


As a Francis Kermode member, you will enjoy an exclusive suite of benefits to enlighten, stimulate, and inspire you as you explore the wonders of the Royal BC Museum, including:

  • Exclusive behind-the-scenes tours with Royal BC Museum professionals, including curators, conservators, archivists, and collections managers
  • The opportunity to participate in selected off-site tours
  • Private viewings of every new exhibition opening
  • Free, express entry; to all exhibitions on presentation of your membership card(s)
  • Reciprocal admission privileges to over 1,000 selected museums and art galleries across North America
  • Acknowledgement in our What’s InSight magazine and on our donor recognition wall in the Royal BC Museum lobby
  • Complimentary copies of selected Royal BC Museum publications
  • An official tax receipt for your donation (in accordance with Canada Revenue Agency guidelines)
  • Special discounts, including:
    • 20% off single-feature IMAX theatre tickets
    • 10% off:
      • All items at the Royal Museum Shop
      • Regularly-priced items at the National Geographic Store

Donor Profile

Annamaria and Dr. Pervez (Perry) Bamji joined our Francis Kermode Group in order to offer their financial support, access special tours and events, and enjoy a closer relationship with museum experts and like-minded patrons. They share a strong belief in supporting the community in which they live, and are currently active supporters of many cultural and humanitarian causes in Victoria.

Perry observes, “The Royal BC Museum is working hard to be a source of lifelong learning for all citizens regardless of age, background or physical location, and that really attracts us. We need to empower the next generation of learners and leaders. One way we can do that is to show our support.”

“We have worked hard all through our lives,” Annamaria notes. “In return, Canada has been a good country to us. By supporting causes that we are passionate about, this is our little way of saying thank you Canada, and thank you Victoria.”

Get in Touch

Philanthropy Department
Royal BC Museum