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Kamloops Museum & Archives

207 Seymour St, Kamloops, BC V2C 2E7
Telephone: 250-828-3576

City of Kamloops

The KMA is one of the oldest museums in British Columbia. Established in 1937, the founding of the museum coincided with the 125th anniversary of Kamloops' first fur trading post. Volunteers relocated a Hudson's Bay Company cabin to a downtown park where they began to store and display historical objects. The City of Kamloops maintained the building, and volunteers formed a society to maintain the collection and develop exhibitions. While artifacts were accepted into the museum collection, an archives was founded to take in photographs, maps, journals, and letters, anthologizing the recorded history of Kamloops. The collections quickly outgrew the cabin and, in 1939, the KMA and the Kamloops Library moved into a two-storey Victorian house. In 1957, the City held a referendum that pushed forward the construction of a 21,000 square foot, three-storey museum and library on the site of the house. The original fur trade cabin was dismantled and rebuilt inside, where it still stands.