Community Engagement

Reimagining the Royal BC Museum

Today’s Royal BC Museum is committed to creating community connections, gathering spaces, educational programs, and for critical thinking, self-reflection, and thought-provoking experiences for people living in BC and around the world. 

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

We aim to listen to everyone and strive to understand what matters to you. With your help we can reimagine the museum to ensure people from all corners of the province feel welcomed, included and represented. 

We welcome your ideas, your feedback, and your voice.

Ways to Participate

Community Engagement Phases

Phase 2: Deeper Engagement Through Consultation

We are currently in Phase 2 of our engagement process.

Phase 1: Dialogue with British Columbians

The Journey so Far

Since its inception in 1886, the Royal BC Museum has changed and evolved alongside the rest of the province. The BC Archives were founded in 1894 and in 2003, both organizations joined together to become BC’s combined provincial museum and archives, with the purpose of broadening understanding of our province. 

The museum is passionate about inspiring curiosity and wonder while sharing BC’s story with the millions of visitors who walk through our doors and explore our website each year.

PARC Campus

The new 15,200 square-metre (163,611 square feet) PARC (Provincial Archives, Research and Collections) Campus formerly known as the collections and research building is being built on Lekwungen Territory, in the area that is known today as Colwood, BC. This state-of-the-art facility will house the Royal BC Museum’s provincial archives, research and collection departments. It will include dedicated research labs and learning spaces, and it will improve public access to the province’s vast collections. 

The unique design of the building will allow visitors to interact with displays and artifacts and provide opportunities for the public to witness researchers at work in person and online in the media centre. As well the new PARC Campus learning spaces will serve as hubs for educational activities, workshops, and events, providing an immersive experience for visitors of all ages and abilities. 

Learn more about PARC Campus