Bulkley Valley Museum


Mining the Northwest: Fortunes Won and Lost in the Bulkley Valley

Mining has been a part of the Bulkley Valley’s cultural fabric for over 100 years. This exhibit focuses on the early twentieth century: a time when fortunes were won and lost. The exhibit can be viewed at the Museum and at our Culture Crawl locations: Safeway, Schimmel’s Bakery + Café,


Pre-Emption in 1915

One exhibit in the Museum is a replica map of the 1915 British Columbia Department of Lands Pre-Emptors Map. It refers to lands under the Skeena, Hazelton, Peace River, and Fort Fraser divisions.


Witsuwit'en Exhibit

Our permanent First Nation exhibition at the Museum features the achievements of the Witsuwit'en in harvesting the land and rivers of our Valley from before the arrival of Europeans to present day.

On display now are a variety of sizes of birch bark baskets. These baskets are crafted from birch bark and spruce roots. They are used to carry just about everything, including water when the seams have been sealed.

Niwhts'ide'ni Hibi'it'en The Ways of Our Ancestors: Witsuwit'en History and Culture Throughout the Millennia by Melanie Morin. Pg. 61.


Cultural Access Pass

The Bulkley Valley Museum is an official Cultural Access Pass attraction!

Learn more about the Cultural Access Pass on the visiting page.


Heritage Speaker Series:

An Introduction to First Nations Culture

This was an excellent presentation. Rick Budhwa hosted Chief Namoks (John Ridsale), Chief T'set'ot (Ron Austin) and Carla Lewis. We thank all the speakers for the clear information that was imparted to us. We all came away with a much better understanding of the Witsuwit'en way of life, their past and hopes for the future, and an eagerness to know more.


June 2016 is

Indigenous Reading Month


Artifact of the Month

Segmented Stones

Come into the Bulkley Valley Museum during May and June and learn more about segmented or "ribbed" Stones.


Newsletter Spring 2016

The lastest copy of our quarterly newsletter is now available to our Members. If you have not received yours please call Betty 250-847-5322


Now available:

Our brand new Collections Online website!

The Bulkley Valley Museum is thrilled to announce the launch of our Collections Online website! To start your discovery of our local heritage, visit search.bvmuseum.com

Thanks to our Volunteers, during April the Museum is opening Saturday, starting with April 9th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Entry is by donation so please come on in and check out our exhibits and gift shop.



The Bulkley Valley Museum is looking for volunteers to come by the Museum and assist with the artifacts we will be bringing out to work on. If you have artifacts at home or are interested in how artifacts are looked after and preserved, we welcome you to come in.


Recent Grants for Special Projects

The Museum celebrated the end of 2015 with two grants for special projects. In December we received $1000 from the Hamber Foundation, which provides grants for cultural, educational and charitable purposes within the Province of British Columbia. The Museum will use the funds towards the purchase of new display cases and retrofitting of existing cases in the Museum gallery.

Also in December the Museum received a significant federal grant for our Collections Accessibility Project. The project has been funded by the Government of Canada through the Library and Archives Canada Documentary Heritage Communities Program. Read more about the funding and our Collections Accessibility Project under News.


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