What's On April eNewsletter

Community Matters

Hello Members,

We miss you already. It’s been a week since we closed the doors to the Royal BC Museum to the public, in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Even though our front door’s closed, Royal BC Museum staff are hard at work behind the scenes to safeguard the collections, discover new stories and ensure everything is ready for welcoming you back. We are also committed to ensuring you get the most out of your membership.

We’re working creatively and collaboratively to make the most out of this challenging time. More importantly, we’re developing more terrific digital and online programs to keep you engaged with stories of BC history, provide access to our museum experts and our top-notch programs, no matter where you are in the province (or the world, for that matter!).

As a Royal BC Museum member, you’ll be the first to know when we debut these programs.

If you have specific questions about membership, we’re still here to serve you. Reach out to us at membership@royalbcmuseum.bc.ca and we’ll respond as soon as we can. If you’d like to renew an existing membership, or become a new member, we’ll process your membership as soon as we re-open. If you’re a current member or became a member during this closure we will extend your membership based on our re-open date.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, you’ve seen how crucial constant and clear communication is. We’ll do the same for you. We’ll continue to keep you informed if anything changes—including the date when we’ll re-open (hooray!) and resume regular business hours.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the Royal BC Museum in person. Thank you for your continued support.


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Museum From Home


Join us every Tuesday and Thursday and visit with members of the curatorial and collections staff who are working from home during the pandemic and discover how they do their work, how their work is reflected in their homes and what they're working on now.

An Archivist’s Home Archives
Join archivist Genevieve Weber for a look at some of the personal archival material she has around her home and what similar materials in your home might tell you about the lives of your family.

March 31  I  12:00 – 12:30 pm
Digital program through Zoom

Join now

RBCM@Home Kids

Join us for an online playdate every Wednesday and visit with members of the museum staff who are working from home, along with families from across BC, as we make and learn together. Each session will have some kind of making activity, so get your paper and pencil crayons ready.

Drawing Dinosaurs
Hosted by Curator of Paleontology Dr. Victoria Arbour. 
April 1  I  11:00–11:30 am
Digital program through Zoom

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Learning Portal
Simple Machines

The Learning Portal is a fun, intuitive way to learn about BC’s human and natural history.

On April 3, 1973, the first ever mobile phone call is made in downtown Manhattan, NYC by Motorola employee Martin Cooper to the Bell Labs headquarters in New Jersey. As British Columbians grapple with the technical challenges of going digital and working from home (e.g., conference calls, emails, VPN, group chats, etc.), we reflect on how far we’ve come technologically and look back to the simple tools of a simpler time.

Follow your curiosity

This Week in History

Learn about British Columbia's extraordinary history through this televised series presented by the Royal BC Museum and CHEK News. These two-minute-long information-rich episodes delve into the stories behind artifacts, specimens and documents from our collections that would not otherwise be available. Seven seasons to watch!

Watch now

100 Objects of Interest
Acknowledging Past Wrongs

This online exhibition highlights 100 objects from the museum and archives. The highlighted objects have been digitized and have a detailed description of the item and their importance.

Acknowledging past wrongs is the best way to learn from the past. Discover a collection of primary source documents from the Royal BC Museum and Archives. These Provincial and Federal Acts, letters, telegrams and newspaper articles shed light on different ways that Chinese Canadians were discriminated against in BC’s past.

Explore now

Research Portal

Research is an essential part of our mission at the Royal BC Museum, and our collections inspire our research. These collections unlock the secrets of this magnificent land and the cultures that have flourished here. They also guide us in sharing the story of this province, so rich in geography and culture, with the rest of the world.

Explore now

Publication Shop
Curl up with a Royal BC Museum e-book!

Readers, we’re here for you! There’s no better time to discover the Royal BC Museum’s new eBooks and audiobooks, available now on Kindle, Kobo, Overdrive, Audible, Libro.fm—as well as your local library’s digital lending programs.

Browse now

Continuing Studies at UVic
Learn a New Language Online

Our language courses are entertaining, interactive, and now offered online! They include lots of opportunity for verbal language practice and are taught by experienced instructors, many of whom are native speakers of the languages they teach. Or, perhaps you're more interested in one of our other online topics, like: wound management, business or adult education. In our online learning environments, you'll interact with students from across Canada and around the world, and get a quality education from the University of Victoria. Register today for courses running April through July.

Browse online courses

In the News

Indigenous experts call for repatriation of cultural artifacts and remains from museums

The Globe and Mail––March 6, 2020––Countless treasured Indigenous cultural objects and ancestral remains are held by museums in Canada and across the world, and local communities and human-rights experts say it’s time they are returned, according to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.


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This is the Most Famous Car in the Royal B.C. Museum’s Collection

MSN––March 10, 2020––Do you remember where you were on February 9, 1964? I do. I was 16 years old and living in West Vancouver. That evening, as my sister and I lay on the living room floor watching the Ed Sullivan Show, history was made. The Beatles performed live and the five songs they sang were burned into our collective consciousness. They played “All My Loving,” “Till There Was You,” “She Loves You,” “I Saw Her Standing There,” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand.”

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