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 us 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 us to meet our most pressing needs. Patrons make an annual contribution of $2,000 which includes a fee of $500 to cover membership costs, along with a voluntary donation of $1,500 which is eligible for an official tax receipt.

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


We have created an exclusive suite of benefits to enlighten, stimulate, and inspire you as you explore the wonders of the Royal BC Museum, including:

  • An invitation to the Royal BC Museum’s Annual Gala 
  • 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 for you and your guests on presentation of your membership card
  • Reciprocal admission privileges to over 500 selected museums and art galleries across North America
  • Acknowledgement in our Annual Report, What’s INSight magazine, and on our donor recognition wall in the Royal BC Museum lobby
  • Complimentary copies of 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

Sharon Smith is a 10-year volunteer who now financially supports the Royal BC Museum as a member of the Francis Kermode Group.

“Exciting things are coming with the redevelopment plans for the Royal BC Museum, so it has been a very interesting time for me to get more involved,” Sharon says. “I have really enjoyed the behind-the-scenes tours and getting to know the other members of the Francis Kermode Group.”

Having travelled to museums and historical sites around the world, what strikes Sharon is our uniqueness.  “You just cannot see what is in this collection anywhere else.  This is the only place that does what it does.  It is hugely important to get behind it, and I highly recommend that supporters consider joining the Francis Kermode Group.  The activities are very enjoyable, and our financial support makes a difference to the core work of the museum and archives.”

Get in Touch

Jonathan Dallison
Manager, Donor Relations

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