Welcome to the Cumberland Museum & Archives

The Cumberland Museum and Archives on Vancouver Island 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 travelers.

Spring and Summer Guided Tour Series!

Get the inside scoop on Cumberland’s formative years with a guided museum tour. We run tours for schools and private group, with each tour tailored to the group’s interests.

32nd Miners Memorial Weekend

For 32 years the Cumberland Museum has co-hosted an annual commemoration of fallen workers, highlighting labour history and contemporary labour issues.

The three day event welcomes hundreds of attendees from across Western Canada and as far away as the UK including workers and their families, activists, artists, writers, academics, community leaders, musicians and many others.