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Big things have been happening for the Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre in the recent past, including the closure of the Black Bear mine tours in 2010 and subsequent renewal plan in 2013. Renovations are currently underway to the building and the Board undertook a revision of their Vision, Mission and Mandate statements in Fall 2016. In Fall 2017, engaged in a process to update their strategic plan to create a framework for what can be accomplished in the day-to-day operations of the Visitor’s Centre, Archives and Museum over the next three years. The following document summarizes that process, and outlines the strategic plan for 2018-2021.


  • 100% of the renewal project funding secured for Phase 2 and 3 of our Renewal Plan and a request for proposals to begin the work has been tendered
  • Increased detailed documentation and stewardship of artifacts and assets
  • Increased engaged community in the RMDC experience through volunteerism, program delivery and partnerships
  • Increased visits – 15,000 annual visitors
  • Organizational structure that supports all goal areas

See the full document here: RMDC-Strategic-Plan-2018-2021_FINAL.pdf (pdf will download on some browsers)

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SLIME TIME: THURS 10 AM: 6 Sessions: Jan 18, Feb 1&15, March 1&1, and April 5
COST: $5 /mem or $25 for all 6 dates OR $6 / non mem or $30 for all 6 dates.
Our toddler aged science program will be back after the holidays. Get to know our scientific world through stories, experiments and play!

$9 /members or $10 / non-members  10X Punch Pass available $81/ mem or $90/non-mem

MUSEUM KIDS’ CLUB: Every Wedneday from 3-5pm. The bus from RSS stops at the Museum.  Pick up available for Sept Sommets Students. Play, Explore and Discover History through an artifact a week!

** NEW!  DRAWN TO HISTORY:  Every 2nd Thursday from 3-5pm.  7 sessions: Jan 11 & 25, Feb 8 & 22, March 8, April 5 & 19. The bus from RSS stops at the Museum. Looking for a regular Thursday activity? Pair this one with Imagineering Club! Explore History through an Artistic Lens!

** NEW!  IMAGINEERING CLUB: Every 2nd Thursday from 3-5pm. 7 sessions: Jan 18, Feb 1&15, March 1&15, April 12&26.         The bus from RSS stops at the Museum. Looking for a regular Thursday activity? Pair this one with Drawn to History!
Imagineering club is a Maker Lab: Discover 7 inventions that changed the world and will inspire you to make yours!

HOME SCHOOL MORNING: One Friday each month from 10-12pm.  Jan 12, Feb 2. March 9, April 6.  Explore History, Science and Art through a new theme each month.

CRAFTERNOON: Each Saturday throughout the year! Winter apres – ski from 2-4pm.  All ages welcome.  Free for members or kids are free with an adult admission.

PRO D DAY MYSTERY  Feb 9 (RSS) and Feb 16 (Sept Sommets). 9am – 3pm (drop off starts at 8:45) The Carnival Has Come to Town but someone is trying to ruin the show…. We need the help of a special group of detectives to solve the case!  $30 / members $35 / non-members

SPRING BREAK CAMPS : 6 – 12 yrs:
Half Days (9-1pm or 1- 5pm) $20 / mem  OR  $25 / non-mem
Full Days ( 9 – 5pm)                $35 / mem  OR  $40 / non-mem

Spring Break March 19 – 23 (MON-FRI)
9am – 1pm: Energy Power! – Solar, Wind, Water, Human, Gravity. Experiments, building and more!  Example – Solar Day: Solar beading, Solar powered car races, Solar prints, and making a solar oven for Smores!
1pm – 5pm: Canadian Art Explorers –  Each day we’ll look at the art of a different Canadian artist and make work inspired by their materials and media!  Mask making, Painting and crafting!

Spring Break March 26 – 29 (MON-THU). 
9am – 1pm: Wild at Art – Nature and art together!  This camp will be exploring our natural enviroment through art! Sketching, painting, and clay! If the trails are open we will be outside exploring.
1pm – 5pm: MindFuel – Inventors Camp – Each day we will look at a different historical inventor for inspiration!  This maker lab is for kids that like to be hands-on and constructing out of different materials.
For more information or to register please email: or call 250 362 7722

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Imagine a two-week-long backcountry ski trip in the middle of winter traversing the Purcell Mountains. Imagine being only the second party to have ever attempted it, the first dating back to 1958. Now imagine doing that on traditional Norwegian light touring skis made of wood, carrying all your food, over a distance of approximately 135 km. In 1973.

This amazing story unfolds at the Rossland Museum as part of the Winter Speaker Series. Intrepid Kootenay ski trekkers Dave Smith and Ron Robinson will present PowerPoint slides and short videos documenting two 1970’s trips that are part of what is now generally referred to as the “Grand Traverses” of the Canadian Alps.

Winter backcountry enthusiasts, come on out and see where all the adventure started!

This event is a fundraiser for the Museum. Admission by donation at the door. Doors at 6:30pm. Presentation approximately one hour, with Q&A afterwards.

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Rossland Museum welcomes its first national travelling exhibit!

December 9th, 2017


ROSSLAND, BC – Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre hosts travelling exhibit From Vimy to Juno.

The year 2017 marks some important anniversaries in Canadian history: Canada’s 150th birthday as a nation and the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge – a battle that historians describe as a defining moment in the development of Canada as an independent nation. 2019 is the 75th anniversary of the D-Day and Normandy landings. To commemorate these important anniversaries, the Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre is eagerly anticipating the arrival of the travelling exhibit From Vimy to Juno this December. The exhibit will be in the main gallery space from December 20, 2017 – February 16, 2018, with an opening event planned for December 20th at 6:00pm (everyone welcome – entry by donation).

From Vimy to Juno is a bilingual travelling exhibition that was developed by the Juno Beach Centre in partnership with the Vimy Foundation with the generous support of the Department of Canadian Heritage. It examines Canada’s role in the First and Second World Wars, anchored on the Battle of Vimy Ridge in April 1917 and the D-Day landings on Juno Beach in June 1944. The exhibit brings personal stories of the men and women who experienced firsthand these nation-defining moments in Canadian history, while at the same time examining Canada as a nation from 1914 to 1945.

To complement these Canada-wide stories, the Museum is putting together local and regional stories to connect the exhibition to the stories from here.  2017 also marks the 120th anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Rossland. From 1914 to 1945, Rossland and region experienced significant changes of its own – with the shift from employment in mining to working at the smelter and the development of skiing on Red Mountain. In From Vimy to Juno, explore the impacts that local people made on the battlefront and the home front, and also the ways that Rossland and the region changed over these significant decades.

The exhibit will be accessible to the public during regular opening hours with regular admission rates applicable. Tours and class visits can be scheduled outside these hours. Pedagogical resources in English and French are available for teachers. As well, the Rossland Museum will be a borrowing point for the Supply Line Kit on loan to us from the Canadian War Museum in February. Teachers will be able to book this kit free of charge from the Museum from February 8th to 21st.

The Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre is grateful for financial support from the Nelson & District Credit Union, and to the local Legions, Seniors, community members, the CFA Kemball Armoury in Trail, and Touchstones Nelson Museum of Art and History for their contributions.
The Museum is open year-round – winter hours are Wednesday to Saturday 12pm to 5pm.

About the Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre: The Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre (RMDC) aims to preserve and dynamically present the heritage of Rossland and area. We are the visitor gateway to the Kootenays and the Columbia Basin, and we inspire and engage the public through virtual and real life displays that bring our history to life. We are situated at the junction of Hwy 22 and Hwy 3B.


Libby Martin, President

Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre

PO Box 26, 1100 Hwy 3B, Rossland, BC

Phone: (250) 362-7722

Email: Website:

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President Libby Martin with Maureen Brown (Board Member) and Carol Vanelli-Worosz (Teck Community Engagement Leader) - Photo Credit: Mike Sloan

We raised $675,000 towards Phase One and officially re-opened the Museum on June 30th, 2017.

We sincerely appreciate our supporters to date -> please take a look at our ever-growing donor “wall” page for a full list of contributors.

For An In-Depth Look at the public spaces in the Museum prior to the Renovation, check out our Google Virtual Tour done in 2014!

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Come check out some of the new items we have in our gift shop – for all of your holiday gift-giving needs!

  • Local history books
  • Kids toys and science kits
  • Old fashioned candy
  • Locally-made gifts
  • Historic photos/postcards
  • Sculptures/jewelry
  • Rocks, including GOLD!

From Vimy to Juno travelling exhibition – December 20th to mid-February

Year-Round Exhibits/Activities include:

  • Cominco Wing – history of mining and smelting in the area
  • West Kootenay Power & Light Company Wing – history of power generation in the area
  • Ski Wing – history of winter sports in the area
  • Social History of Rossland
  • Hunter Brothers Store
  • Indoor Gold Panning
  • Kids Discovery Zone
  • Archives support is available by appointment
  • Visitor Centre & Gift Shop (public washrooms and free wi-fi available year-round)

School/Group Tours and Facility Rentals within or outside of regular hours are available throughout the year. Please get in contact for more information! info @ or 250-362-7722

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The Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre’s mission is to preserve and dynamically present the heritage of Rossland and area. We do this with comprehensive indoor and outdoor displays on the industrial and social history of Rossland with a particular emphasis on the mining and skiing histories of the area. We are located directly on the “Mining in the Kootenays” historic site – on top of the historic Black Bear Mine. Additionally, we have an extensive community archives, a provincial visitor information centre, numerous educational programs in-house and through outreach activities, downtown heritage walking tours, and various special events throughout the summer.

*This position is subject to funding approval and only available to full-time students that meet all YCW eligibility requirements.

Job Description:

The Research Assistant will work with the Collections Assistant and archives volunteers to focus on some of the key research projects that must be completed for upcoming displays, exhibitions, and events. The major projects include continuing the work to unpack and organize the new archives space from our recent renovation as well as key research topics such as Rossland’s contribution to the World Wars, Rossland’s brewing/crime/red light district history, and skiing history in the region. The research assistant will also assist other staff and partners in organizing some public events tied to our photographic holdings and care and handling of personal histories/collections.

Along with these specific research topics, the student will also manage public research requests, incoming archival donations, and further internal research requests for our programming, promotions, and publications. This position will also assist with the daily opening, operating, and closing procedures associated with Museum and Archives operation.


Please provide your resume and cover letter clearly demonstrating how you meet both the essential and desired qualifications.

The ideal candidate for this position will be currently attending post-secondary in archival, library, or museum studies and familiar with the Rules for Archival Description. They will have excellent research skills and the ability to multi-task while maintaining accuracy under pressure. They will possess the ability to work cooperatively as part of a dynamic team.

The following is a list of additional essential qualifications necessary to this position:

-Excellent English verbal and written communication skills

-Excellent public speaking abilities; articulate, polite, and friendly

-Should be very well organized, detail-oriented, and able to problem solve

-Excellent computer skills (incl. Microsoft Office, WordPress, Dropbox)

-A passion for history and education

The following desired qualifications may be considered an asset for this position:

-Creativity and enthusiasm

-Experience working as or directly with a project manager

-Experience working in or with the tourism and/or cultural sector

-Knowledge of Rossland’s or West Kootenay history

-Current First Aid certificate

Application deadline is November 15th, 2017.

For more information about this position, please contact Joelle Hodgins, Museum Director of the Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre at (250) 362-7722

Please apply with your resume, cover letter, and references by e-mail only.

Rossland, BC has a population of about 3500 people, but the surrounding Kootenay Boundary area has approximately 30,000. The town is very close to two USA border crossings and major US cities, which bring in a lot of tourists and economic benefit to the region. The cultural industry is particularly strong with numerous gallery and performance spaces and a very strong connection to its heritage.

For information on RMDC, visit

For more information on Rossland, visit

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Join us at our upcoming Annual General Meeting – Thursday, November 30th at 6:30pm at the Museum.

The B.C. government has revised the act governing non-profits. It requires filing the constitution and bylaws electronically. While the constitution must remain the same on filing, this gave us the opportunity to revise the bylaws.

We worked with a representative of the Columbia Basin Trust’s Non-Profit Advisor program to update everything. Much remains the same with simplified wording, but below are some of the key changes. All comply with The Societies Act:

  • Board directors are now called trustees to avoid confusion with the job title of our museum director;
  • The minimum number of board trustees has dropped to three from five. Maximum number is now 11 instead of 12.
  • Trustees now may serve a maximum of eight consecutive years.
  • Signing authority of board members has been slightly altered.
  • The role of the city councillor attending board meetings has been defined as liaison, without voting rights.
  • Quorum for board meetings has been set at a majority of the board members instead of the previous three.
  • The bylaws now allow for voting by email for trustees.
  • The standard for special resolutions has been changed to 2/3rds instead of the previous 3/4s.
  • Quorum for general meetings is now three instead of the previous five.

Please contact us if you would like to review the full document ahead of the AGM.