Visit Safely During COVID-19

Currently Closed

The Cumberland Museum & Archives has 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!

The infrastructure project will include mechanical and electrical upgrades as well as a new accessible washroom. We will be spending time and resourcing on refreshing some of our beloved exhibits and adding a few new ones. The museum and archival storage areas are being 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.

As the renovation goes on, we’ll be keeping you posted through our newsletter and weekly updates on our social media platforms. Keep an eye out for the hashtag #CumberlandMuseumUpdate., cumberland_museum

The museum will be closed from October 1, 2020, to Spring 2021 when we’ll invite you back to celebrate our 40th anniversary!

Archives & Reading Room Are 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 for more information click here.

During Covid-19 special protocols will be in place. Materials must be left out by visitors in a designated area (box) then left for 48 hours to be ‘quarantined.’

Coming Soon: Self Guided Tours for Historical Landmarks

The museum will offer walking tour resources for guests to use on a self-guided journey of Cumberland and its significant Chinese and Japanese town sites. These resources will be downloadable for visitors to use at their leisure. We kindly appreciate any donations received for the free resources.

Staff Safety

Our staff are adhering to extremely stringent health and safety protocols that include social distancing, sanitation and personal hygiene practices. They will not be allowed to enter the museum if they are feeling unwell or displaying symptoms of COVID-19, and will take every precaution to ensure the safety of visitors and co-workers.

We appreciate the support, and hope to encourage a supportive, educational and uplifting atmosphere for everyone. We are all in this together!

What to Expect at Our Museum – Coming Soon a Virtual Tour!

The Cumberland Museum and Archives on Vancouver Island is a vibrant organization which preserves and presents the history of Cumberland and the surrounding region and is dedicated to being a significant community anchor as the People’s Museum of Cumberland. The Cumberland and District Historical Society (Cumberland Museum & Archives) was founded in 1981 and the artefacts and archives within the building relate to the rich history of the Village of Cumberland, BC, which was established as a coal mining camp in 1889. Visit us to explore diverse exhibits, a Company Store, research services, 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 and offer free wireless internet access.