BC Museums Week

BC Museums Week is the annual celebration of museums, art galleries, historic sites, cultural centres, and other memory institutions in BC. The week is held annually in May, providing an opportunity for British Columbians to celebrate the vital role museums play in their communities, economy and education.


Join us from May 17-23 for BC Museums Week 2021!

Explore how to take action in your community and in your organization to create a brighter, more just future for all. This year’s theme #museumACTION will explore a different theme each day – Inclusion, Reconciliation, Climate, Emerging Museums Professionals, Leadership, Accessibility, and Community. We will offer actionable ideas and inspiring discussions to help you take action and make change. Keep an eye out for more details and registration links for our BC Museums Week programming that will be shared soon!



Online Involvement

Celebrate BC Museums Week by joining the conversation on social media!  Previous years have seen over 55 organizations tweet and post about BC Museums Week, with #BCMuseums trending in the Lower Mainland.  It’s really easy to get involved, creates thousands of engagement opportunities with the local, provincial, and international community, helping to spread appreciation of museums around the world.

Get Connected:

Whether joining the daily themes or posting on your own, be sure to tag the BCMA so we can help promote your work.  Tag us using @BCMuseumsAssn – on Facebook and on Twitter – or @bc_museums_association on Instagram.

Also remember to use #BCMuseums on all your social media posts so we can see them and share them! Follow #BCMuseums for all your BC Museums Week news, information, and celebrations.

Top Tips:
  • Include an image or other visual media to make your posts more visible.
  • Schedule your posts throughout the day (and in the lead-up to the week) to ensure they get noticed.  If you don’t have a scheduler already, try Hootsuite for free and get up to 30 posts scheduled in advance.
  • Use Facebook Events for on-site programs throughout the week

On-site Involvement

On-site programs are also a great way to celebrate BC Museums Week and get people through your doors.  Some examples of potential events and programs include:

  • Open by donation or open late hours
  • Special events for kids and families
  • Behind the scenes tours of the collections
  • Concerts or other festival-style events
  • Special events with community groups
Events as Advocacy and Promotion:

On-site events are a great way to attract political support and media attention.  Invite members of your civic council, your MLAs and your MPs to your events.  Coordinate with local media to cover politicians’ visits as well as to showcase your events.  Communicating with local media will increase your chances of attracting your representatives and your community.


If you don’t know who your local representative is, try these links:

Find your local MLA: https://www.leg.bc.ca/learn-about-us/members

Find your local MP: http://www.ourcommons.ca/parliamentarians/en/constituencies/FindMP


Partnerships within the GLAM sector:

BC Museums Week is a great time to partner with institutions across the broader Gallery, Library, Archives and Museum (GLAM) sector.  If you are a gallery or museum that works closely with or acts as an archive, showcase that work in an on-site program or online.  Partner with a local library to host a pop-up exhibit at their site, or a pop-up library at yours.  The GLAM sector is excited to work with you, so don’t miss this opportunity to connect with your larger community!

While we encourage these events all week long, we will be specifically focusing on GLAM sector connections and partnerships on.


Contact Us

We want to hear from you about your BC Museums Week events and experience!  What did you do to celebrate BC Museums Week? How did your community get involved with your celebrations? What ideas do you have for next year?

You can send questions or share your events by email to bcma@museumsassn.bc.ca.

Don’t forget to use #BCMuseums in your posts, and you can always tag us on social media.