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Emily Carr is a Canadian icon. Her paintings are cared for and exhibited in more than 35 public galleries, museums and institutions worldwide and treasured in countless private collections. The Royal BC Museum offers access to the Emily Carr collection through the Google Cultural Institute, the Emily Carr Timeline, the Learning Portal, the Royal BC Museum Channel and the BC Archives.
Much of our Carr collection can be consulted on a daily basis in the archives or by appointment. Prints, books about Carr and many of her own written works are available online and in person through the Royal Museum Shop.
The Royal BC Museum’s collection includes over 100 impressive paintings and a treasure trove of 1000 sketches and handicrafts—diaries, notebooks, scrapbooks, letters and manuscripts—making up the world’s largest collection of Emily Carr materials, one which spans her entire career. Included as well are a wealth of contextual pieces: photographs, research files and sound recordings of interviews and reminiscences. The Royal BC Museum is the proud steward of this exceptional collection, which offers a uniquely holistic view of Carr’s life and work.