Adult Night at the Museum

Adult Night at the Museum

Come and enjoy a spooktacular evening: an Adult Night at the Museum. We will be featuring two talented guests: Nadine Wilcox, a Psychic Medium having recently relocated to Rossland and has been doing private readings, events, fairs, and parties for 20 years. Nadine will lead our guests on an hour long walk through the museum and the historic Black Bear Mine site, reading the space and artifacts, invoking spirits so that they may share their experiences with you!

Finish your evening with Tyler Austin Bradley narrating a mini Spooky Story series. After working on a film project - "Haunted Hills - Supernatural Rossland," Tyler has gathered a number of ghost stories about Rossland. It's your turn to hear what mysteries lie in our mountains.

BOO! At the Mu

BOO! At the Mu

Enjoy the spoils of the season at BOO at the Mu! The museum will become a Halloween spookfest, filled with spooky treats and prizes, creepy crafts, ghoulish kids' activities, frightful face painting, and more! Show us your best costume to be entered into the BEST DRESSED contest and win a Museum prize pack, including a membership for the whole family!

Travelling Exhibition - Gold Mountain Dream! 金山梦

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The Rossland Museum has welcomed its newest travelling exhibition — Gold Mountain Dream! 金山梦
Created by the Royal BC Museum, Gold Mountain Dream! tells the story of Chinese immigrants during the Fraser Valley Gold Rush. While the story of the Chinese in Rossland happens some forty years later, what brought them to the area was the same — gold. Just not necessarily in the way you might think.

The earliest record of Chinese people in the Rossland area is in 1865. There was a large number of Chinese men working on the Dewdney Trail just south of what would soon be Rossland. However, as the region was scarcely inhabited, none of the men working on the Dewdney Trail settled here.

While drawn by the promise of gold, many of the Chinese men that came to Rossland were not able to work as miners. Rossland was a hard rock mining goldfield, but legislation passed by the British Columbia government in 1897 barred them from working underground. According to the 1901 census, only two of the 231 Chinese men in Rossland identified as miners. Instead, the majority of men made their meagre livings are launderers, labourers, cooks, servants, and gardeners.

Despite being marginalized and discriminated against, Rossland’s Chinese population was determined to strive. These men did backbreaking work and provided services to Rossland that were needed. Whether it was doing the laundry of Rossland’s many hotels and boarding houses or growing and selling Rossland’s only fresh produce, the Chinese community greatly impacted Rossland’s early development.

Writings on the Wall Educational Kit

Writings on the Wall Educational Kit

To learn more about Rossland’s Chinese history, Travelling Exhibition - Gold Mountain Dream! 金山梦 is available at the Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre until mid-December.
Entry is free for members and included in regular admission for non-members.
This exhibition is great for specialized school or group tours with the addition of the Writings on the Wall Chinese history programming kit from the Royal BC Museum as well.

This exhibition is supported in part by the LeRoi Community Foundation, Columbia Basin Trust Community Initiatives Programs, and the community members of the Nelson & District Credit Union.

Seniors' Strawberry Tea at Rossland Public Library

Seniors' Strawberry Tea at Rossland Public Library

Join us for the October historical Strawberry Tea at the Rossland Public Library on Tuesday October 22nd from 1 pm-2:30 pm with Age Friendly Rossland - Rossland Recreation. This will be a monthly event with tea & coffee by Alpine Grind, baked goods, and encouragement to share nostalgic stories!

Speaker Series - Elaine Klemmensen

Speaker Series - Elaine Klemmensen

From Success to Less: Lessons learned as a Volunteer Veterinarian.

What inspires a person to throw caution to the wind and change their life? In 2017, Elaine and her husband made the nerve wracking decision to walk away from a successful small business to live out of a backpack while working as volunteer veterinarians. Listen as Elaine takes you into the world of veterinary volunteerism and shares her journey about following your heart and embracing the unknown!

Culture Days in Rossland

Culture Days in Rossland

#CultureDays is a national celebration of our incredible arts and culture across the country - this year's theme is: Creativity, the Arts, and Well-being! Participatory arts and culture events are popping up all over Canada and BC, and we've gathered a bunch of exciting free or low-cost events by our local orgs and businesses here in Rossland!
Culture Days is Friday, September 27th to Sunday, September 29th, though we've snuck a few cultural events in for Thursday too because Rossland is a busy place!!

2019 Rossland Museum Charity Golf Tournament

2019 Rossland Museum Charity Golf Tournament

Fundraising for Phase 2 - the Mine Experience continues with the 2019 Rossland Museum Charity Golf Tournament at Redstone Resort.

Shotgun start at 2:30pm. 9-hole best ball (we’ll be taking over the whole course with a front 9 set and back 9 set) - with fun hole competitions at every hole with awesome prizes from our hole sponsors!

Dinner and dessert (included in registration) in the Redstone tent with cash bar and additional fundraising opportunities.
Register your team (or individually) with Redstone, but if you'd just like to join us for dinner, you can purchase dinner tickets at Redstone or the Museum.

New Outdoor Interpretive Signage

New Outdoor Interpretive Signage

In Rossland’s mining heyday, everyone would have known what all the equipment is on the Rossland Museum’s upper level, but today, things need some explanation. To address this, the Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre is excited to announce that we have completed the installation of brand new outdoor signage to interpret, explain and assist in way-finding through the museum’s outdoor exhibition area.

Columbia Basin Culture Tour

Columbia Basin Culture Tour

Celebrate arts and culture at the Museum with special activities, daily outdoor tours, and special guests!

Check out our temporary 2D display courtesy of Columbia Basin Institute of Regional History - Mirrors of Development - a comparative photography display of the development of two Kootenay mining communities: Rossland and Kimberley

Open 10am to 6pm by donation both days with outdoor tours and gold panning demonstrations at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm.

Mirrors of Development - Rossland and Kimberley

Mirrors of Development - Rossland and Kimberley

Mirrors of Development, a travelling 2D exhibition, was created by the Columbia Basin Institute of Regional History (CBIRH) is currently on display! The exhibition strives to show a parallel progression between Rossland and Kimberley. Despite being separated by over 260 km, Rossland and Kimberley have surprisingly similar histories. Both towns started as mining camps, have produced world-class athletes, and have successfully transitioned into resort towns as their mining industry era came to a close. The images in the exhibition follow this shared pathway, mirroring each other through their development.

Save the Date: Art of the Vintner - An Educational Evening of Wine & Food

September 21st, 2019 - 5-9pm at the Rossland Museum

Art of the Vintner: An Educational Evening of Wine & Food

Save the Date for this fun and educational fundraiser for the Rossland Museum!
We've invited Michel Valiquette and a few BC Wineries to share their knowledge over plenty of wine! As well as some tasty creations from The Cahoots Kitchen.

Each region represented has a unique property (elevation, climate, soil, water, etc.) that makes each of these wines special in their own way!
Naramata Bench: Lang Vineyards
Osoyoos Region: Bordertown Vineyards and Estate Winery
Similkameen Valley: Kalala Organic Estate Winery
Creston Valley: Skimmerhorn Winery & Vineyard Ltd.

Tickets will be $90 and available at Rossland Fine Wine and Curiosity Clothing and Gifts as well as the museum in early August.
Thank you to the The Flying Steamshovel for supporting this event as well.