Renewal Project

Renewal Project

Progress: We have officially raised enough for all of our construction costs for Phase 1!! Now, we are working on contributions (cash and in-kind) to the furniture & fixtures for the new spaces created in Phase 1.


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) – $480,000 – IN PROGRESS

Phase II: Mine Experience (replacement of Black Bear Mine tour and integration of geology collection) – $700,000

Phase III: Atrium (addition to main building for gift shop, visitor centre, and programming space) – $450,000

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

Phase I – Entrance Gallery:

Entrance Gallery, Lobby, and Gift Shop

  • Demolition of interior walls from front doors to main hall to allow for flexible exhibition and program space
  • Creation of temporary exhibition space for rotating displays and travelling exhibits, and a gathering space for community events and educational programming

Archives and Reading Room

  • Demolition of interior walls throughout archives to allow for flexible archival storage systems
  • Creation of dedicated Reading Room space for public research
  • New storage systems and internal research space within the renovated archives

Visitor Services and Administration

  • Consolidate and reconfigure visitor services and admissions desks to face building entrance
  • Make washrooms accessible, barrier-free, family-friendly
  • Consolidate the office and boardroom for operational efficiency
  • Small warming kitchen to service museum programs and facility rentals

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    Drawing of new Visitor Centre looking towards Mine Experience entrance.

Keep informed!

Watch this page for updates:

Facebook: Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre

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 – Museum’s Renewal Project Account
  • Donate online at Canada Helps – Rossland Historical Museum & Archives Association
    • Registered Charity # 107915654 RR0001

Donate Now Through!

Donate Now Through!



Other ways to contribute:

  • Participate in any of our upcoming Fundraising Events:
    • April: Recycling Bin at the Trail Recycling Depot – take your refundables down to the dedicated recycling bin in Trail (562 Rossland Avenue) to contribute your refund to the Museum!
    • August 12th: 3rd Annual Charity Golf Tournament
  • 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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