The KMA holds a mirror to Kamloops. Our holdings are the spark and the evidence of our shared history and fuel our vision of preserving the past to make sense of the present and move imaginatively into the future. We thrive on providing an outstanding visitor experience on all three floors of our museum. We seek to foster a sense of pride and offer a unique experience for creativity and learning for all ages in an informal and overtly-social environment.
Kamloops is fortunate to have one of the oldest community museums in the province. The KMA was established in 1937 during the 125th anniversary of the founding of the fur trading post at Kamloops, when a group of volunteers worked with the City to relocate an old fur trade log cabin to a municipal park to house the museum. City staff maintained the building and volunteers formed a society that was responsible for the collection, exhibitions and maintaining opening hours. The archives component is as old as the museum itself. Along with artifacts, local citizens donated photographs, maps, journals, and letters which document the written and visual history of Kamloops.
The collection quickly outgrew the cabin and in 1939 a two-storey Victorian house was donated to serve as museum and library. In 1957 the City held a referendum to construct a three-storey museum/library on the site of the 1880s house. The fur trade cabin was dismantled and reconstructed inside the new museum. The Kamloops Art Gallery was established in 1978 and occupied the lower level of the building until it moved into a new facility in 1998. The KMA is now the sole occupant of the 21,000 sq. ft. building.
Vision | Mission | Mandate | Values
The KMA is a cultural centre dedicated to preserving the past, interpreting the present and informing the future in the Thompson-Nicola region.
The KMA is committed to a more collaborative museological approach with our community. Visitors will be inspired to learn from our past in order to understand our unique identity and shape the future of our community by instilling a strong sense of place.
The KMA provides accessibility to the collection and research and an engaging environment for the interpretation and exhibition of the natural and diverse cultural histories of the Thompson-Nicola region. The KMA develops and preserves a permanent collection that is comprehensive yet focused on the history of the region.
Welcoming, accessible, safe venue, meaningful, educational experience, proactive leaders in community development, forum for community dialogue and debate, culturally sensitive, inclusive and tolerant, collaborative and responsive to the community, highest standards of museological excellence, respectful, professional team environment.