Kelowna Museums Society

The vision of the Kelowna Museums Society is to inspire a community to be alive with its history; connecting people and place. They strive to provide the public with educational exhibitions and programs that foster personal participation, stimulate curiosity, and engage the senses with the cultures, histories, and possibilities of the Okanagan Region.

Located in the heart of Kelowna's Cultural District, the Kelowna Museums Society offers a wide selection of exhibitions, public programs, and special events to promote a greater interest and awareness of the natural, cultural, and military heritages of the Okanagan region and of the tree fruit and wine producing development of British Columbia.

Kelowna Museums Society received funding from the Central Okanagan Foundation in 2015 to organize and host a community-based museum exhibition that uses a variety of media to explore the interconnectivity of watersheds in the Okanagan Valley, called The Social Life of Water in the Okanagan: Past, Present and Future. The goal of the project is to create an engaging and educational space that increases public awareness of the interconnectivity of Okanagan watersheds and inspires the public to adopt more sustainable behaviours.

The exhibit opened to an enthusiastic crowd October 6. This deeply collaborative project is a new experience for the museum team. While it requires us to approach our work very differently, we can achieve so much more through meaningful partnerships like this. This project is helping us become the museum Kelowna needs at this point in history" says Linda Digby, Executive Director of the Kelowna Museums Society.

With the grant from the Central Okanagan Foundation to get the ball rolling, Kelowna Museums Society raised an additional $63,000 from four granting agencies. The additional funding allowed the team to hire university students to develop interactive and audiovisual components, offer a rich menu of program offerings, and conduct research.

If you are interested in viewing this exhibition or learning more about the Kelowna Museums Society, please visit: https://www.kelownamuseums.ca/