Renewal Project

Renewal Project

Progress: We raised $700,000 towards Phase One and officially re-opened the Museum on June 30th, 2017. We have no begun planning for Phase Two: Mine Experience!

Contributors                                                         Phase One Photo Record


Exterior Sketch with Atrium
Exterior Sketch with Atrium and Exterior Work


  • A refreshed and transformed Rossland Museum that will reinforce its position as the West Kootenay’s leading museum and archives;
  • A landmark site to congregate, create, and strengthen links between diverse communities in the region;
  • A significant shift in public programming: new interactive exhibits, exciting visitor experiences, and innovative ideas; and
  • An active presence in the community that supports local economy, spurs partnerships, and regenerates tourism.

The lower level of the museum sits on the “Mining in the Kootenays” Historic Site of Canada that encompasses the historic entrance to the Black Bear Mine and a number of significant, large industrial mining artifacts and related outbuildings, and outdoor community programming space. The Rossland community came together in 1967 to plan and construct the initial exhibition building for the Rossland Historical Museum.

Since 1967, the main facility has been added onto in order to incorporate exhibition space exploring themes of local skiing history, hydroelectric power generation, mining and smelting, and social and cultural history of Rossland and area. From 1967 to 2010, there was a very informative, experiential, and successful underground mine tour of the Black Bear Mine. Access to the mine was permanently closed for safety and liability reasons in 2012 by the property owners, and the museum association has endeavored to make up for this lost educational opportunity through new interpretive displays, walking tours, gold panning, and other special programming.

This has necessitated a major “Renewal” for the museum with Donald Luxton and Associates Inc. preparing a “Plan for Renewal” at the end of 2013. The Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre Board of Directors – working closely with Teck Metals and the City of Rossland – has prepared a phased approach to this $3 million Renewal Project to strengthen the museum’s capacity to play a central role within the community and act as a gateway to the region.

Phase I: Renovation of the Entry Gallery (entrance gallery space, archives, offices, washrooms, and more) – $700,000 – COMPLETE

Phase II & III: Mine Experience (replacement of Black Bear Mine tour and integration of geology collection and addition to main building for gift shop, visitor centre, and programming space) – $1.5 Million – IN PROGRESS

Phase IV: Industrial Shed (new building on property to display major historical equipment) – $500,000

Phase V: Sign / Sitework / Exterior (exterior work of main building) – $375,000

Phase VI: Interior Renovations (interior exhibitions and mechanical/electrical in main building) – $450,000


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Drawing of new Visitor Centre inside Atrium looking towards Mine Experience tunnel entrance.

Keep informed!

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Twitter: @RosslandMuseum

Intagram: @RosslandMuseum

Donate to the project! Here are our Donation Levels:

  • Gold Commissioner      $100,000 and above
  • Grubstaker                    $50,000 – $99,999
  • Mine Superintendent    $25,000 – $49,999
  • Blaster                          $10,000 – $24,999
  • Powder Monkey            $5,000 – $9,999
  • Driller                           $2,000 – $4,999
  • Miner                            $500 – $1,999
  • Mucker                          Up to $499

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

There is also the opportunity to donate in increments that would then combine to fit into one of these levels as we progress.

Ways you can donate:

  • Call us! (250) 362-7722 or toll-free 888-488-7444
  • Nelson & District Credit Union – Rossland Museum’s Renewal Project Account
  • Donate online at Canada Helps – Rossland Historical Museum & Archives Association
    • Registered Charity # 107915654 RR0001
  • Register for the 4th Annual Rossland Museum Charity Golf Tournament
    • Dinner-only tickets also available directly from the Museum – call 250-362-7722 or drop in

Donate Now Through!

Donate Now Through!



Other ways to contribute:

  • Participate in any of our upcoming Fundraising Events
  • Invite us to make a presentation to your organization on the project and support opportunities that may be available
  • Consider volunteering:
    • Fundraising Committee member
    • Development Committee member (specific to the Renewal Project)
    • Help us out with events, fundraisers, programming, maintenance, or wherever your interest lies!
  • Consider joining the Board – Annual General Meeting is held in November, but you can get in touch anytime to inquire further
  • Have an idea? Let us know – info @ or (250) 362-7722

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