BOO at the MU!

BOO at the MU!

BOO at the MU! OCTOBER 20TH 12PM-10PM

The Rossland Museum and Discovery Centre is hosting BOO at the MU on October 20th. These Halloween festivities will begin at 12pm and end at 10pm! Admission is by donation and we are looking forward to seeing you all dressed in your spooky best!


October Speaker Series -Edward Davies

October Speaker Series -Edward Davies


Ed will be sharing stories of the Rossland he grew up in from the 1940s-1970s. He'll guide us along the Columbia Avenue of his childhood, sharing stories of businesses now long gone and reflecting on the changing cityscape.


Job Opening - Collections Manager

Job Opening - Collections Manager

The Collections Manager will work with existing staff and current and new volunteers to complete a number of collections management and exhibition projects. This includes managing a small group of collections-trained volunteers to complete a reorganization project in the collections and archives storage, instituting key recommendations from Canadian Conservation Institute’s August 2017 facility assessment, coordinating a fundraising project to preserve an important horse-drawn carriage, managing public requests for access, research, or photos, managing any incoming object or documentary history donations (including a backlog), evaluating possible collections database programs, managing updates to permanent displays and outreach projects, and more collections management and presentation tasks.

Student Job Opening: Collections Assistant

Student Job Opening: Collections Assistant

The Collections Assistant will work with the Collections Manager and trained volunteers on various projects throughout the job term, including:

  • Work with staff and trained volunteers to work through the accessioning backlog

  • Assist the Collections Manager in updates to permanent exhibits throughout the museum

  • Institute key recommendations received from the Canadian Conservation Institute facility assessment on storage reorganization

All staff assist in the general operation and maintenance of the museum, archives, visitor centre, and discovery centre, including assisting with major events, and programming.

Part-Time Student Job Opening: Museum Assistant

Part-Time Student Job Opening: Museum Assistant

The Museum Assistant is responsible for the daily opening, operating, and closing procedures associated with Museum operations. This includes conducting interpretive tours that provide information on Rossland - the Golden City, assisting with the operation of the gift shop, admissions, concession, and Visitor Centre, including sales, inventory, restocking, statistics, etc., planning and scheduling group visits, tours, and special events, and routine maintenance, including painting, cleaning, and light grounds keeping. If the interest and background exists, students may also have tailored projects such as historical/archival research, marketing/graphic design, early childhood education, among other opportunities. As well, as a community history museum, we cover a lot of different themes and topics, and the opportunity to create and complete a project as it relates directly to their field of interest will also be made available throughout the job term.

TECK Donation launches Rossland Museum & Discover Centre's Phase II Renewal Project

TECK Donation launches Rossland Museum & Discover Centre's Phase II Renewal Project

Teck, the Rossland Museum and Archives Association and the City of Rossland are pleased to announce the successful launch of the fundraising campaign for Phase II of the Rossland Museum and Discovery Centre’s renewal project with Teck’s $700,000 donation in direct support of the development of a replica mine experience at the Centre.

Olaus Jeldness' 162nd Birthday Party

Olaus Jeldness' 162nd Birthday Party

Come join storytellers, old-timers, and ski enthusiasts at the Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre to celebrate the birthday of the Father of Competitive Skiing in Canada!

We'll have Sweet Dreams cake, tea and coffee, as well as wine and beer for purchase - a true tea party, just like Olaus would have wanted!

Rossland Culture Days 2018

BC Culture Days | Fête de la culture is an annual event on the last weekend of September - a pan-Canadian event for everyone to celebrate their community’s culture. This year’s theme is: “OnBeat” focusing on music and rhythm and we have quite a few music events to tie in.

Rossland Mountain Market from 3-6 with music by Brad Mackay
Rossland Light Opera Players present “Grease” at 7pm at RLOP - $5/person or free for members

The museum is open 11am to 5pm by donation with a special temporary display of the Rebekah’s Granny Band musical instruments
Rossland Strongstart at 1pm - COINS will be hosting an indigenous culture visit with drumming circle
We are running a backroom tour of our collections and archives storage rooms at 3pm - areas normally closed to the public
Don't miss the free concert at 6:30pm by Tim Hurley & Max Jones at Fuel Gastropub And Diner

The Heritage Commission is leading a downtown heritage walking tour meeting at the Miner’s Hall at 10:30am
The Museum is open again from 11am to 5pm by donation
We are hosting the “Onezie Parade” musical group for a kids concert and recycled instrument workshop from 2-4pm

We’ve invited a bunch of our longtime rosslanders and ski enthusiasts to celebrate Olaus Jeldness’ 162nd birthday with us on Saturday evening! From 5-7, join us for birthday cake and the type of tea party Olaus would approve of! His birthday is October 1st, but we’ve chosen to celebrate a couple of days early.
Following that, head over to the Miner’s Hall for the Avant Garde Cabaret 2018 - Bigger, Better, Weirder (ticketed event available at the Grind) or The Flying Steamshovel for “The Peelers” - an east coast Celtic punk band! (ticketed event available at the Shovel)

We’re working on a culture crawl around downtown Rossland, including a few heritage buildings, cabine, The Rossland Light Opera Players, Kootenay Gateway, and anyone else that might like to open their doors to the public on a Sunday! We'll be starting at Seven Summits Coffee Company around 11am - bring your own mug for some delicious complimentary coffee!
The Rossland Youth Action Network is BACK IN ACTION at their new space and opening their doors to the community to come check it all out. There will be a BBQ (weather-dependent), BEATZ, and tours of the space. Staff will be on site to answer any questions you have about ongoing renovations, upcoming programs, and other YAN-related stuff. Bring your skateboard and get gnarly at the new skate-park while you're at it!
This weekend-long event has all been made possible in part thanks to the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance.

There is also the Rossland Acoustic Music Camp on all weekend up at the Red Roof Church for those interested in learning to play an acoustic instrument.

Following week, October 4th:
Arts BC is coming to town to host a Rossland Community Cultural Forum for anyone interested in the long-term growth of Rossland’s cultural landscape - an all day workshop at the Miner’s Hall. Open to everyone interested in Rossland’s arts & culture with a $20 registration and lunch available for an additional $10. Find more info on our events page or register at

Community Cultural Forum with ArtsBC

Community Cultural Forum with ArtsBC

After hearing about the success of Community Cultural Forums around BC, the Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre contacted Patricia Huntsman of ArtsBC to discuss the feasibility of hosting a Community Cultural Forum in our community as well. We are pleased to announce that Patricia will be hosting one of ArtsBC’s Cultural Forum’s here in Rossland the first week of October 2018!

*FILLED* Job Posting - Marketing & Operations Coordinator

Job Type: Contract, 30-40 hours per week
Location: Rossland, BC
Salary: $17-19/hour
Start Date: Immediately
End Date: March 31st, 2019, extension possible
Closing Date: Until Filled

This position may be subject to funding eligibility

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.

Job Purpose:

The Marketing & Operations Coordinator works with all staff for the daily opening, operating, and closing procedures associated with Museum operations as well as the communications & promotion of all programs and events under the supervision of our Museum Director.  Following our current 3-year strategic plan, the Coordinator is responsible for implementing Goal 3 – Increased engaged community in the RMDC experience through volunteerism, program delivery, and partnerships; and Goal 4 – Increased visits.  The Coordinator is responsible for refreshing our ongoing marketing material and strengthening our public relations to ensure clear and consistent presentations. They will liaise with local groups and media to increase public accessibility and expand our volunteer and donor recognition programs.

The ideal candidate for this position will have completed a post-secondary program in marketing/communications/public relations, or in museums, archives, or non-profit management, or business administration with 1-3 years experience in marketing & public relations.  They will have excellent organizational skills, planning experience, 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 are essential qualifications to the job:

  • 1-3 years experience in marketing & public relations

  • Excellent interpersonal and public speaking skills

  • Excellent computer skills (incl. Microsoft Office/Google Docs, Dropbox, and website management an asset)

  • Excellent English verbal and written communication skills

The following are desired qualifications to the job:

  • Creativity, enthusiasm, and a love of learning

  • Experience in or with the tourism and/or cultural sector

  • Knowledge of Rossland or West Kootenay history

  • Minor labour and equipment maintenance experience

  • Current First Aid certificate

Please submit your resume and cover letter clearly demonstrating how you meet the qualifications and quoting the position you are applying for by email (preferred) to museumdirector@ or drop off at 1100 Hwy 3B (junction of Hwy 3B and Hwy 22). Please also attach references.