About the North Vancouver Museum & Archives
NVMA encourages you to explore North Vancouver’s fascinating history, to share your stories, research people and neighbourhoods, experience exhibitions, and advance your understanding of local people, cultures, and history. The Museum & Archives preserves historically valuable community records and artifacts; it makes them meaningful and accessible to the public by organizing exhibitions, delivering educational programs, caring for collections, and providing access to archival information.
North Vancouver Museum & Archives Commissioners provide direct links between our organization, our community and our parent municipalities. Established in 1972, the Museum and Archives has been governed since 1996 by the NVMA Commission. This 11-member joint civic properties commission, which operates under the auspices of the City and the District of North Vancouver, includes four members appointed by each municipality, one Councillor from each municipality, and an appointee representing the Friends of the NVMA Society. All members are volunteers and we appreciate the energy, creativity, enthusiasm and commitment they bring to their work as members of the NVMA Commission.
The North Vancouver Museum & Archives Commission receives operating support from the City of North Vancouver, the District of North Vancouver, and the Government of British Columbia through the BC Arts Council. Special project funding is regularly received from other sources such as the federal Department of Canadian Heritage, Young Canada Works, and Service Canada.
The NVMA was founded in 1972 as the North Shore Museum & Archives. Since 1996 it has been governed by the North Vancouver Museum & Archives Commission, a joint civic properties commission operated under the auspices of the City and the District of North Vancouver. To learn more of this community’s past, visit the North Van History pages.
The Museum & Archives Commission employs NVMA staff members, fulfills a governance role and provides strategic direction to NVMA. According to its founding by-laws, the Museum & Archives acts as the “sole custodian of the City and District cultural, archival and museum collections.” The Museum collects and preserves aspects of the material culture of North Vancouver and cares for approximately 20,000 historic artifacts of local and regional importance. The Archives collects, preserves, and provides access to the documentary heritage of North Vancouver, including public records created by both municipalities, as well as thousands of private records, archival documents, and photographs that document the lives and experiences of residents, business, and community organizations.