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Since 1967 the Bulkley Valley Museum has built up a permanent collection of artifacts and archival materials which comprises the social and technological development of the Bulkley Valley. The Museum’s archival collections include family and corporate fonds, microfilmed editions of the Interior News and other newspapers, as well as a collection of several thousand photographs depicting Smithers and the surrounding Valley from the early 1900s to present.

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The Bulkley Valley Museum collects, preserves and presents items of historical and cultural significance from Smithers and the Bulkley Valley, with the purpose of making our local history exciting and engaging.

The BV Museum’s artifact collection includes over 3,400 items related to the history of the Bulkley Valley, with a predominant focus on the Town of Smithers.

The museum receives support for its activities and programs from local businesses through donations or memberships. Please consider a donation to help your local museum!

Membership support is vital to the health and success of our museum. In addition, we are always looking for new volunteers to help out with fundraising, event planning, and more!

Temporary Exhibits


Temporary Exhibits at the Bulkley Valley Museum:

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    Jun, 2020

  • From the Back Room

    June 1, 2020 - December 31, 2021

    Inspired by our annual summer newspaper series From the Back Room, published by the Smithers Interior News, this exhibition features artifacts

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Job Opportunity: Old Church Custodian

The Bulkley Valley Museum is seeking a Custodian for the Old Church in Smithers (3704 1st Avenue). Duties include, but are not limited to: cleaning and inspection of the Old Church between rentals, occasional deep cleaning as needed, and seasonal snow removal of entry ways. Candidates must be able to accommodate the flexible rental schedule […]

Nurse, Teacher, Veteran: The Life of Emily McLaughlin

May 10th – 16th 2021 is Nurses’ Week in Canada, with May 12th internationally recognized as Nurses’ Day. Many dedicated and hardworking nurses have called Smithers home over the decades – from those who served at Smithers’ first hospital in 1921, to those working the front lines during the Covid-19 pandemic today. We have chosen […]

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