The KMA explores current issues, events, and ideas through its temporary and permanent display galleries, bringing relevant exhibitions to Kamloopsians.
Photographs from the KMA Archives, and prints from the McCord Museum, along with archival support materials showcase Montréal photographer Benjamin Baltzly’s 1871 images of BC. Baltzly, along with a team from the Geological Survey of Canada, was tasked to prospect and document a route through the interior plateau that would be suitable for the new railway that would connect the province to the rest of Canada.
riverpeoplenationstatepeople is a set of displays, revisions, questions, and responses for attaching Kamloops' cultural history to an ongoing process of self-evaluation.
Starting with stories of the first people of this region told through the voices of Secwépemc Museum & Heritage Park and Stk'emlupsemc te Secwépemc Nation and Secwépemc guest curator Tania Willard, a record of Secwépemc experience and cultural production has been placed at the centre of the KMA's permanent exhibition of regional history. This display is now being complemented by a set of features developed with the Kamloops Chinese Freemason's Association and the Kamloops Chinese Cultural Association chronicling Chinese contributions to Kamloops' cultural life, including the construction of the CP Railway.
riverpeoplenationstatepeople signals a widened frame of reference for understanding the current of our region's histories by exploring the tributaries that feed it. Unfolding incrementally, imperfectly, and unendingly, it is a sustained effort to use the unique space and tools of the KMA as a sounding board for voices from Kamloops' oldest and newest cultural communities.
In commemoration of Canada’s sesquicentennial, the KMA has produced the Talking Walls Project, a graphic framework that offers new tools for exploring Kamloops’ history and new places to find it. Explore the Pop-up Museums at Kamloops City Hall (7 Victoria Street), the City of Kamloops Development Services Building (105 Seymour Street), and at the KMA.