Community Engagement

The Royal BC Museum is undertaking a multi-year, province-wide engagement plan to learn from the public, First Nations, and Metis Nations, how they the envision the future of the museum. With your help the museum is committed to creating community connections, educational programs, and inclusive, thought-provoking experiences for all British Columbians and the world. We welcome your ideas, your feedback, your voice. If you would like to be part of the conversation, email us.

This approach, evolving through different stages of public engagement, will help the museum and its diverse audiences envision the future of the museum together.

Community Engagement Phases

Phase 1: Dialogue with British Columbians


Phase 2: Deeper Engagement Through Consultation


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

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.