The Cumberland Museum and Archives hosts a variety of permanent exhibits of interest including a replica mine shaft, interactive kiosks, a labour history hall, cultural and community displays. There is also a temporary exhibit space which features new dynamic exhibits.
Now Showing in our Temporary Exhibit Space
Original Artwork by Graphic Novelist Laura Ellyn
Featuring illustrations by the Montreal artist, who grew up in Cumberland, from her new graphic novel – Ginger Goodwin; A Worker’s Friend.
New Permanent Exhibits from 2014 – 2016 Include:
The Cumberland Collieries Railway Exhibit
Explore the history of the railway which ran between Union Bay and Cumberland, carrying coal, passengers, and goods between 1888 to 1960.
Businesses of Cumberland
During Cumberland’s early coal mining years businesses played pivotal roles within the bustling downtown, serving workers and settlers from around the world. The first retail store was opened in January 1891 by the Union Colliery Company, serving the coal miners who resided in Union. (Now Cumberland). From that first store came a legacy of general stores and businesses that left a lasting mark on Cumberland. The Businesses of Cumberland exhibit tells the story of the development of the downtown core, from the first company store to the booming years of coal mining. Hands-on elements including a period ‘dress up closet’, and a replica newspaper featuring a number of significant Cumberland businesses
Cumberland General Hospital
The Cumberland General Hospital Exhibit displays the amazing medical artifacts and archives from our collections, interpretive signage telling the story of this important institution, as well as the stories of patients and medical staff – including the important role of women in medical care. Four large panel signs represent the Cumberland General Hospital, the Ladies Auxiliary, The Hospital Board and Wards, and the Doctors and Matrons.
Senjiro Hayashi Photograpy Studio (1913-1929)
The Senjiro Hayashi Photo Studio opened in 1913 and operated until 1929 in Cumberland. The Cumberland Museum & Archives holds over 700 glass plate negatives in our collection depicting local residents from a wide range of socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds. 35 new framed prints of these stunning images were generously donated to us by the Nikkei National Museum in Burnaby and are now on display in the museum along with other information and artifacts related to the history of photography in Cumberland from the era of Senjiro Hayashi to that of the selfie.