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.


Culture Hunt

The Culture Hunt is a self-guided tour around Smithers (approximately one hour) collecting interesting and fun historical/cultural facts about our town.

See Event Page for further details.


Artifact of the Month

Ground Slate Adze

Come into the Bulkley Valley Museum during August and September to learn about the ground slate adze.


Newsletter Summer 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


Assistant Curator

The Bulkley Valley Museum is accepting applications from recent college or university graduates for an Assistant Curator internship position.

See the News page for further information.


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



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

This spring, the Museum received a grant from the Bulkley Valley Community Foundation that enabled us to purchase artifact conservation supplies. These supplies are quite costly due to their required specifications, and the grant from the BV Community Foundation was vital to our being able to continue our Collections Renewal inventorying project. Thank you BVCF for your support!

The Museum is also thrilled to announce that we have received further funding from the Library and Archives Canada Documentary Heritage Communities Program for Stage 2 of our Collections Accessibility Project. The grant received by the Bulkley Valley Museum will be used to hire a Contract Archivist to help us complete several activities in our archives including data entry, cataloguing, and digitization. We will be adding additional software components to our Collections Online website (http://search.bvmuseum.com).

A full list of all funded projects can be viewed online at http://bit.ly/1lBLC0j

The Museum previously received funding from this program in 2015 to build our Collections Online website.

More about the funding and our Collections Accessibility Project under News.


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