Welcome to Cumberland Museum & Archives

The Cumberland Museum tells the story of the people of Cumberland – the rich, the poor, the powerful, the rebellious, the righteous and the radical. We invite you to join us at the “People’s Museum” of Cumberland and add your questions, knowledge, stories and interests to the rich fabric of our organization.

The Cumberland Museum and Archives opened its doors in 1981 and is home to the extensive archives and artifacts of the community of Cumberland.

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.

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.


Collieries Railway

Cumberland Museum & Archives is proud to have published a new book by author Patrick O. Hind on the railway that connected the mines at Cumberland to the deep sea port at Union Bay.

Harold Lim, Clifford Lowe Philip Lowe sitting on a rock on the bank of China  Creek. Click to view more images.

Archival Photo Collection

Browse the digitized collection of photos from Cumberland’s history from the coal mines to Chinatown, portraits, sports teams, businesses, and Ginger Goodwin

Interior fan house of #4 mine. 1920s. (C164-004)

Artifact Donation

Do you have an interesting item to donate to the museum that relates to the history of Cumberland?