Welcome to the Cumberland Museum & Archives


The Cumberland Museum and Archives (CMA) on Vancouver Island tells the story of the people of Cumberland — the rich, the poor, the powerful, the rebellious, the righteous and the radical.

Well known as an early coal mining town Cumberland, has a unique and diverse history. The CMA’s exhibits and collection explore important, social, political, economic and environmental themes that reflect the museum’s understanding and representation of Cumberland’s rich history. We aim to celebrate the stories of the people who called Cumberland home. 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.

Now open! 

The Cumberland Museum & Archives had closed its doors again this year, but this time it’s for some exciting changes! With a very generous contribution for the Y.P. Heung Foundation, the CMA is getting an interior upgrade!

We are thrilled to announce we are OPEN AGAIN! Tuesday through Saturday, 11am-4:30pm

The infrastructure project included mechanical and electrical upgrades as well as a new accessible washroom. We spent time and resourcing on refreshing some of our beloved exhibits and adding a few new ones. The museum and archival storage areas were expanded to ensure we can continue to collect in the future and to provide better storage for the artefacts and archival materials currently in our collection for future generations to enjoy and access.

Stay tuned for the invitation back to celebrate our 40th anniversary!

Archives Open

If you are interested in accessing the Community Resource Library or Archives, we would be happy to accommodate a booked appointment. For all research requests and archives access please contact info@cumberlandmuseum.ca for more information click here.

Stakeholder Engagement

Starting in November, the Cumberland & District Historical Society will be looking for your input. In developing a new strategic plan we are looking to our community members, virtual visitors and those who are interested in the history of our community to provide us with input on how we can increase our value as a museum and archives in the Comox Valley area. Questionnaire coming soon!


The Museum is located in the heart of the historic Village, steps from #6 Memorial Mine Park and downtown shopping and dining. We are wheelchair accessible, offer free wireless internet access and provide Visitor Services for travellers.

Visit the museum and archives

Currently closed for renovations. See you in the spring of 2021!

Research Cumberland’s history

Explore photographs, interviews, and newspapers from Cumberland’s colorful past!