What you see on display is the tip of the iceberg

At any given time, only a fraction of the collection is visible to the museum visitor. As in most museums, artefacts rotate between display and storage, thereby prolonging the life of the object, and providing vibrancy to the galleries. At Kelowna Museums, collections are stored behind the scenes in all of our facilities.

Kelowna Museums Society collects artefacts on behalf of the Okanagan Heritage Museum, the Okanagan Military Museum, the BC Orchard Industry Museum, the BC Wine Museum, and the Central Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame. No museum can collect everything, and that is why the Collections Policy is important. The collection grows through donations and bequests. Some are acquired through exchange or transfer, and a small number are purchased.

Prior to any items being incorporated into the Collection, they are evaluated by the Collections Committee. The Committee determines whether or not the artefacts conform to the criteria set out in the Collections Policy.

If, you would like to make a donation or are interested in learning more about the Collection process please contact the Curatorial Manager at 250-763-2417 ext. 29 or [email protected]

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