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Virtual Museum of Canada

As an endless source of discoveries, virtualmuseum.ca is a unique interactive space that brings together Canadian museum collections and riches in a variety of thought-provoking and instructive contents.

In virtualmuseum.ca, you will find virtual exhibits, teaching resources, and innovative projects.

Submit a proposal to apply for a VMC investment

Under the VMC Investment Program, eligible applicants are invited to submit proposals for the production of VMC content. Calls for proposals for new content are normally issued once a year. For more information, please click here.

Transfer of the Virtual Museum of Canada from the department of Canadian Heritage to the Canadian Museum of History

In February 2014, the Federal Government announced its intention to transfer the Virtual Museum of Canada to the Canadian Museum of History (CMH). The Museum is proud to have been entrusted with this invaluable resource for the sharing and preservation of information for all Canadians. The Museum’s mandate is “to enhance Canadians’ knowledge, understanding and appreciation of events, experiences, people and objects that reflect and have shaped Canada’s history and identity.” The addition of this program will help the Museum in its mission to raise the profile of Canadian history and culture on the national and international stage.

The Canadian Museum of History will continue to work with contributing institutions across the country to build on existing partnerships and create new ones.

virtualmuseum.ca by the Numbers

Millions of visits annually, from over 200 countries.
Over 500 virtual exhibits promoting the content of Canadian museums and other heritage organizations.
More than 150 interactive resources.
Over 365 learning resources (including lesson plans and educational activities) in the virtualmuseum.ca Teachers’ Centre.

Background

1999: Appearing in the Speech from the Throne, the idea of a virtual museum is born of the desire to make even more accessible our rich and diversified heritage collections.

2000: A series of consultations and reflections were held to help define the parameters of this initiative. Over 550 CHIN members were invited to take part, with nearly 200 people representing 160 institutions attending sessions led by consultants.

2001: Public launching of Virtual Museum of Canada (VMC) on March 22nd, and first call for proposals of the VMC Investment Programs.

2003: Launch of the Community Memories section of the VMC that highlights the efforts of smaller museums to create online exhibits on their local history.

2007: First pilot online version of the VMC Teachers’ Centre.

2009: Total redesign of the Virtual Museum of Canada (virtualmuseum.ca) to maintain its position at the leading edge of contemporary Web practices.

2012: With new monthly content, virtualmuseum.ca is more than ever a site featuring unprecedented possibilities in terms of interaction and technology, to give a visible face to the treasures that are entrusted to Canadian museums through innovative and dynamic approaches.

2014: In February 2014, the Federal Government announced its intention to transfer the Virtual Museum of Canada to the Canadian Museum of History. On June 19, 2014, Bill C-31, an Act to implement certain provisions of the budget and other measures, received Royal Assent confirming that the Canadian Museum of History would assume responsibility for this program.