Established in 1955, the Rossland Historical Museum & Archives Association (DBA Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre) is a non-profit society and registered charity whose mission is to preserve and dynamically present the history and heritage of Rossland and area and to inspire and engage the public through virtual and real life presentations that bring our history and heritage to life.
Our vision is that the Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre will be:
- The visitor gateway to the Kootenays and the Columbia Basin
- A landmark site to congregate, create, and strengthen links between diverse communities in the region
- An active presence in the community that supports the local economy, spurs partnerships, and regenerates tourism
At some point, a museum has existed long enough to have its own lengthy history!
The Rossland Historical Museum & Archives Association was established by the Rossland Rotary Club in the basement of the Rossland Court House in 1954 and was incorporated under the BC Societies Act in March of 1955. The present museum was built on the site of the Black Bear mine in 1967 as a Canadian Centennial project thanks to Jack McDonald, Roger Terhune, and many other dedicated community members. The underground mine tour of the Black Bear Mine ran from 1967 to 2010, but is now permanently closed – we are currently exploring other options to replace the mine tour.
The Association is governed by a Board of Directors who are:
Libby Martin – President
Michael Ramsey – Vice President
Jim De Long – Treasurer
Tim Ridge – Director
Maureen Brown – Director
Carol Cooper – Director
Geoff Coke – Director
Courtney Jewitt – Director
The museum building houses thousands of artifacts in the storage rooms. The archives stores and preserves historic photos, documents, the Rossland Miner newspapers from 1896 to 1972, maps and the City’s early assessment and tax rolls, as well as other important mining and community historical information. To view a Virtual Tour of our Exhibits, click here.
The museum gift shop is very popular with our visitors, especially children who want to add to their rock collections. There are snacks, coffee and tea available. The museum grounds are enjoyed by families wanting to picnic and to walk around to view the outdoor exhibits.
The museum is also the sponsoring organization for the Destination BC Visitor Centre and has tourist information, maps and guides pertaining to BC, the Kootenay Rockies, and other tourist regions as well as our local region. We also have a computer station for visitors use.
Become a Member
Annual (or Lifetime) Museum Memberships are also available. You can download a Membership Application by clicking here, or these are also available in the museum lobby and at special events.
Benefits of an Annual Membership:
- Season’s Pass to the Museum!
- 10% off program fees
- 10% off in the gift shop
- Mailing List for Quarterly Newsletters and Special Event invites
- AGM vote
Support the museum as a donor/sponsor/volunteer. Contact us today for more information 250-362-7722 or info @ rosslandmuseum.ca
City of Rossland Heritage Commission
Rossland has a unique cultural and built heritage, spanning over a century. There are currently many buildings and landmarks that originate from the resource mining days of Rossland’s inception, serving as a reminder of the City’s history. Continued and new efforts should be made to ensure the rich heritage of the City of Rossland is maintained and enhanced.
As part of these efforts, the City of Rossland adopted Bylaw 2439 in November, 2009 which initiated the establishment of a Heritage Commission.
The scope and duties of the Rossland Heritage Commission:
- To review and submit recommendations to Council on land use and planning matters which have heritage implications;
- To advise Council on any matter relating to heritage conservation, as set out in Part 27 of the Local Government Act.
- To recommend strategies and policies to Council, and undertake programs for the support of heritage conservation;
- To support heritage education and public awareness through programs such as Heritage Week displays and newsletters;
- To prepare a work program and an annual report;
- To raise funds and pursue partnerships for the support of conservation and promotion of heritage.
- Each year, Council shall include in its annual operating budget a sum of money deemed necessary for the operations of the Commission.
- Each year, the Commission will submit to Council an operating budget request outlining expected expenditures and revenues.
- The Commission may authorize expenditures provided for in its annual operating budget, as approved by Council, but shall not otherwise have the authority to incur any expense, debt or obligation to the City without the prior approval of Council.
For more information on heritage in Rossland, Please go to the following website: