Cumberland Museum & Archives

The Cumberland Museum & Archives is operated by the Board of Directors of the Cumberland and District Historical Society. Their aim is to protect and present the Village of Cumberland’s rich and colourful past.

The Museum is located on Cumberland ‘s main street at 2680 Dunsmuir Avenue. It is open daily in the summer from 9 am to 4 pm but after Labour Day Weekend, the museum is  closed on Sundays.

We have installed several new exhibits in the past few years. The BC Telephone Pioneers has donated a vast variety of telephones. This exhibit allows you to dial through the old step-by-step machine, similar to the one used in the Cumberland office.

The Woman’s history exhibit shows the life and contribution of several Cumberland ladies. The show case is filled with clothing, trinkets and treasures.

Coal mining of our past is presented in the walk through coal mine exhibit in the basement of the Museum. This years addition to the mine is an audio presentation sharing some of the stories of Cumberland miners.

Videos: 100 Years Below (coal mining of the past on Vancouver Island), Cumberland Chinatown (a history of our own Chinatown) and Reflections (a story of women pioneering North Vancouver Island) are available for viewing and can usually to be seen at your convenience.

Our museum staff will be happy to assist you with Cumberland family searches. We have a data base of newspaper articles 1897 – 1931 along with census, voters lists, etc.

We welcome you to come a visit, research or share in the history of the Village of Cumberland.

For further information, please feel free to call – 250 336 2445 or email us directly : info@cumberlandmuseum.ca

Barb Lemky, Curator

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