The Cumberland Museum and Archives is a vibrant gathering place where culture and community intersect. Our on-going programming and exhibits calendar, rich with community engagement, is bolstered with one off collaborative projects, events, and exhibits, introduced throughout the year through community group and artists partnerships. Community engagement is vital within our everyday relationships, and on-going collaborations. It is through this engagement that we stay relevant to the communities we serve.
We are known as ‘The Peoples Museum of Cumberland’ reflecting the museum’s understanding and representation of Cumberland’s social and working class history. We aim to celebrate the stories of the people; the rich, the poor, the powerful, the rebellious, and the radical. They are at the very core of the museum, and as integral as the objects and documents found within. These diverse voices provide an exciting, riveting, and sometimes challenging juxtaposition of perspectives within our activities, programming, and exhibitions.
We are open year round and offer over 40 exhibits, a Company Store, research services, after school programs, heritage events, guided tours, films, video kiosks, and a replica coal mine.
What People Are Saying
"A great experience. One of the best small museums we have seen. Thanks!!! "
— Doctor Patricia Anderson and Mr. Gary Nohr, Half Moon Bay, B.C.
"Haven’t been to Cumberland in years. What a change! I’d move here any day. Your museum remains an incredible source of BC History (mining and otherwise) Thanks! "
— Lise Johnson, Parksville, B.C.