Traveling Exhibits List
Does your organization have a travelling exhibit? Please contact the BCMA office at firstname.lastname@example.org to be featured on this list.
Travelling Exhibit Funding
British Columbia Arts Council
The In-Province Touring & Circulation Project Assistance Pilot Program supports the circulation and exposure of B.C. art and artists within B.C. Awards under this program are intended to support opportunities for arts organizations, independent artists, and collectives, groups or ensembles to engage in artistic opportunities away from their home base. Visit the British Columbia Arts Council for more information.
Arts Across Canada
The Circulation and Touring component of Arts Across Canada funds touring and exhibition activities of Canadian artists, artistic groups and arts organizations. Grants support the presentation and exhibition of performances and works by Canadian artists which build national exposure and reach Canadian audiences. Visit the Canada Council for the Arts website for more information.
The Museums Assistance Program (MAP) – Exhibition Circulation Fund component assists museums with the costs related to the hosting of travelling exhibitions originating from another museum or from a federal heritage institution and the borrowing of artefacts from any of the National museums of Canada.
Visit the Canadian Heritage website for more information.
Travelling Exhibits in British Columbia
Nikkei National Museum
The Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre has travelling exhibits available for booking, including The Suitcase Project, A Call for Justice, and Kikyo: Coming Home to Powell Street. Visit the Nikkei National Museum website to learn more.
North Vancouver Museum & Archives
‘Chief Dan George: Actor and Activist’ launched at the former North Vancouver Museum and later was hosted at U’Mista Cultural Centre and the Sidney Museum. It is now available for loan to organizations around the province. The show draws on the NVMA’s archival and artifact collection, including paintings, photographs and memorabilia, and was developed in close collaboration with the Tsleil-Waututh Nation and the George Family. Visit the NVMA website to learn more.
Royal BC Museum
Looking for a ready-made exhibition that will engage your visitors with BC’s natural history, cultural history or contemporary culture? RBCM offers beautifully crafted, affordable and inspiring travelling exhibitions for rent, whether you are a regional museum, community centre, library or a large international institution. Visit the RBCM website to learn more.
The Jewish Museum & Archives of BC
The Jewish Museum and Archives of BC is pleased to partner with the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver, and Vancouver Public Library to present The Canadian Jewish Experience. This travelling exhibit celebrates the history of Jews in Canada on the occasion of the 150th Anniversary of Confederation. Visit the Jewish Museum website to learn more.
Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre
The VHEC offers ready-made, travelling versions of our acclaimed teaching exhibitions available for loan to organizations across Canada. Travelling exhibitions include supporting educational resources and promotional materials. Availability and exhibition specifications vary for each exhibition. Visit the VHEC website to learn more.
Vancouver Island University, University of Victoria, Cowichan Valley Museum & Archives
Fighting for Justice on the Coast:150 Years and Counting is a travelling banner exhibit developed by Vancouver Island University (VIU), the University of Victoria (UVic), and the Cowichan Valley Museum & Archives. The exhibit is one outcome of the project, Asian Canadians on Vancouver Island: Race, Indigeneity and the Transpacific, led by UVic and funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Visit the Vancouver Island University Website to Learn more.
Travelling Exhibits in Canada
The Archives of Ontario
The Archives of Ontario maintains an exciting travelling exhibits loan program that showcases the Archives’ holdings in a variety of subject-based exhibits. These exhibits are available free of charge to any institution that wishes to borrow them. The exhibits enable thousands of people from around the province to view selections from the Archives’ holdings in an informative and accessible format. Visit the Archives of Ontario’s website for more information.
Bank of Canada Museum
Reservations currently closed. Visit the Bank of Canada Museum’s website to view previous travelling exhibits.
Canadian Language Museum
Beyond Words: Dictionaries and Indigenous Languages highlights the complex relationship between Indigenous languages and dictionaries over several centuries, from word lists and dictionaries developed for exploration, colonization, conversion and assimilation purposes, to online language materials being developed by Indigenous communities to transmit the elders’ language knowledge to today’s youth. Visit the Language Museum’s website to learn more.
Canadian Multicultural Inventors Museum
We develop interactive travelling exhibits featuring inventors from all over the world. Visit the Canadian Multicultural Inventors Museum’s website to learn more.
Canadian Museum of History
Wherever you may be, dive into the history of this country with travelling exhibitions from the Canadian Museum of History and the Canadian War Museum. Each year, this well-established program and its expert staff invite museums from across Canada, and around the world, to take their visitors on a journey through time. Through carefully selected images, interpretive texts, videos and objects, their exhibitions tell the military, cultural, social, political and sports stories that have shaped this country. Whether you choose an exhibition with artifacts, or one without, the wide array of available exhibitions can be adapted to just about any host institution. Visit the CMH website to learn more and view their brochure.
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
Refugees face fear, shattered lives and often dangerous voyages in search of refuge. Canada has provided that refuge for many. However, over the course of the twentieth century, Canada has had a mixed record in welcoming refugees, reacting generously to some while overlooking others. Refuge Canada provides the context for Canada’s place in the global refugee crisis and brings to light the challenges faced by refugees in Canada. Visit the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21’s website to learn more.
Canadian Museum of Nature
Inspire Your Audiences… Naturally. If you are looking for a travelling exhibition that will attract and engage your visitors with memorable exhibitions about nature, look no further. Canadian Musem of Nature offers high-quality, affordable and inspiring travelling exhibitions. These exhibitions cover a wide variety of subjects and come in many sizes and formats.
Suitcase Exhibitions unpack a lot of learning onto one or two tabletops. Full-size Exhibitions will fill a room. Visit the Canadian Museum of Nature’s website to learn more.
Canadian War Museum
Wherever you may be, dive into the history of this country with travelling exhibitions from the Canadian Museum of History and the Canadian War Museum. Each year, this well-established program and its expert staff invite museums from across Canada, and around the world, to take their visitors on a journey through time. Visit the Canadian War Museum’s website to learn more and view their brochure.
Costume Museum of Canada
The museum offers a variety of travelling exhibitions for loan to qualified organizations. Visit the Costume Museum of Canada’s website to learn more.
Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation! Engage your community or organization with Ingenium’s travelling exhibitions, which offer a wide range of science and technology themes. Visit the Ingenium website to learn more.
The Ken Selling Waterloo Region Museum
The Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum develops some exhibits that are available for loan and rental.
Trailblazing – Women in Canada since 1867 is now available for rental.
Lake of Woods Museum
The Lake of the Woods Museum has two (2) travelling exhibits available for loan: Miijim: Traditional Foods of the Lake of the Woods Anishinaabeg and Bakaan nake’ii ngii-izhi-gakinoo’amaagooomin / We Were Taught Differently: The Indian Residential School Experience. Visit the Lake of Woods Museum’s website to learn more.
Little Ray’s Nature Centres
Travelling Exhibits include:
Survival of the Slowest looks at the counter-intuitive adaptations for survival that have allowed the small, weak, and slow animals outwit and outlast so many other species.
Under the Canopy looks not only at Rainforests but also the animals which live within them. Come face to face with some incredible species, take a break under our giant tree, and talk to our educators to learn more about these amazing habitats.
Visit Little Ray’s Nature Centres website to learn more.
The Manitoba Museum
For more than 20 years, the Manitoba Museum has been producing thoroughly researched, high-quality travelling exhibitions suited for medium-sized and regional Museums, Art Galleries, Universities and other Educational Organizations. The exhibitions have been seen across Canada and the United States, attracting more visits and enhancing the visitor experience. Visit the Manitoba Museum website to learn more.
Multicultural History Society of Ontario
The MHSO has produced a number of travelling exhibits that may be suitable for display in heritage and cultural facilities and in schools. It charges a nominal fee, plus shipping and handling costs, to borrow these exhibits. Please contact the Society directly for more information regarding the exhibits and their availability, and to discuss loan arrangements. Visit the MHSO website to learn more.
The National Gallery of Canada
A keystone of its outreach mandate, the National Gallery of Canada offers travelling exhibitions available for booking at art galleries and museums worldwide.
Developed in a variety of scope and content, the exhibitions include display-ready artworks, a comprehensive graphics package and didactic materials.
Visit the National Gallery of Canada’s website to learn more.
Royal Ontario Museum
Imagine the wonder, excitement and knowledge found within our galleries, packaged in display cases and crates, which then travel all over Canada to be seen by hundreds of thousands of eager visitors. Travelling exhibitions bring the ROM’s collections, research and expertise to those institutions whose communities cannot readily visit the Museum. We circulate our travelling exhibitions to provincial museums, art galleries, and science centres. Visit the Royal Ontario Museum’s website to learn more.
Royal Saskatchewan Museum
The Royal Saskatchewan Museum is on the road! Check out their latest travelling exhibits and the communities where you will find them now on the Royal Saskatchewan Museum website.
Travelling Exhibits in North America
American Anthropological Association,
Science Museum of Minnesota
RACE: Are We So Different?, developed by the American Anthropological Association in collaboration with the Science Museum of Minnesota, is the first national exhibition to tell the stories of race from the biological, cultural, and historical points of view. Combining these perspectives offers an unprecedented look at race and racism in the United States. Visit the project website to learn more.
American Museum of Natural History
Drawing on the expertise of the Museum’s scientists, educators, and renowned designers and preparators, our award-winning exhibitions have been seen by millions of visitors at venues around the world. Visit the American Museum of Natural History’s website to learn more.
Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
Bring fresh experiences that inspire joy, creativity and curiosity to your audiences through immersive, attendance-driving travelling exhibitions. Topics range from STEAM to Social-Emotional Learning to classic characters that will resonate with audiences of all ages. Visit the Children’s Museum website to learn more about current travelling exhibits.
Culture Trove Traveling Exhibit Database
Where Museum Professionals discover travelling exhibitions for hire from around the world. Visit the Culture Trove website to view the current listings.
University of Idaho
Wildfires are relatively brief periods of extreme intensity. Their impact can have devastating, as well as regenerative effects. Whether it is the fire themselves, or mudslides and flashfloods, or issues with preparedness from the government shutdown, wildfires are occupying an increasingly important place in our national dialog. “Facing the Inferno” provides the perfect forum around which to structure campus or community discussions. The emotive power of the imagery is balanced with basic factual information about wildfires. The exhibit gives great entre into one of the most immediate and hard to deny repercussions of global warming. Visit www.prichardart.org/wildfire for more information