Visit Safely During COVID-19

We are delighted to announce the re-opening of The Cumberland Museum and Archives slated for June 20th, 2020, but want our visitors to know that we are taking every precaution to ensure that health and safety remain paramount at our museum. In light of COVID-19 and the federal and provincial safety guidelines, we have carefully modified our layout and exhibits to maximize physical distancing and hygiene while ensuring a captivating experience through Cumberland’s rich history and fascinating people.

Our staff have lovingly created a museum experience called “‘Footprints of History”—a one-way journey through the story of Cumberland’s culture, people and past. This new one-way walking path will allow for a safe flow of physically distanced exhibit viewing while weaving an incredible story about the town, its residents and significant historical events.

Other changes in effect include the following:

New Operational Days and Hours

Tuesday – Saturday, 11 am – 4:30 pm
Dedicated Seniors’ Hours: Thursday mornings 10 am – 11 am
Closed Sundays and Mondays.
Closed on all statutory holidays.

Before You Visit the Museum

If you are feeling unwell or displaying symptoms related to COVID-19, we ask that you stay home to protect the safety of others. Visitors who are noticeably ill will be asked to return when they are feeling better.

We recommend that visitors pre-purchase online tickets prior to visiting the museum to reduce in-person contact with others.

As our museum will now have a limited capacity of 25 visitors at one time, we request that visitors call before they arrive to check the current status, especially if they are entering in a large group.

While You Are Inside The Museum

Our museum capacity will be limited to 25 visitors at one time.

The number of visitors currently inside the museum will be displayed on the office window facing outwards for potential visitors to see prior to making their choice to enter.

A table and chairs will be provided outside the main entrance as a place to wait and spacing indicators will be placed on the ramp to ensure that physical distancing is maintained if a line develops.

Signage posted on the main entrance door will ask visitors to follow the prescribed guidelines once inside the museum:

To maintain physical distancing measures while inside the museum, including respecting capacity notices for specific exhibition spaces.

Visitors are encouraged to wear PPE and to utilize the hand sanitation stations throughout the exhibition spaces, (masks will not be required by visitors at this time).

When entering the museum, we will ask that only one visitor group/family be at the reception desk at a time, allowing for enough space to be physically distanced in the museum lobby.

Wayfinding and directional signs will be placed around the museum to facilitate the safe and educational journey.

Visitors will be asked to follow the ‘Footprints of History’ through a predetermined one-way route through the museum’s exhibits. Exceptions will be made for visitors with mobility and accessibility concerns who will be able to use the elevators going from the main floor to the lower floor and vice versa.

Each exhibit space will have a capacity identifier at its point of entrance.

When the weather permits, doors will be open to circulate fresh air through the space and reduce touch surfaces.

High touch exhibit surfaces will be cleaned frequently to disinfect against germs.

Visitors will be asked to refrain from touching exhibits and artefacts as much as possible. We will also encourage visitors to sanitize their hands when necessary.

Archives and Reading Room Access

We will accept access to the Archives and Reading Room by appointment only. Please contact

Appointments will be on Wednesdays only.

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

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 artifacts 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.

Admission Rates

Adult: $5.00
Youth (12-18): $4.00
Senior: $4.00
Children under 12: Free