Museum will again welcome visitors next week

The Kamloops Museum and Archives (KMA) will reopen next Tuesday, resuming its regular hours of operation with a new exhibit and a few changes given the COVID-19 pandemic.

New protocols in place during the pandemic allowing the museum to resume operations include reducing occupancy limits and changes to its archives services and programs.

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A maximum of 15 visitors at one time will be allowed inside the museum to accomodate adequate physical distancing. Reservations will not be accepted, but visitors may call in advance for information to reduce the possibly of wait times at the door.

Several exhibition spaces within the museum have been reconfigured or made temporarily inaccessible, and all hands-on interactive elements have been removed from the Children’s Museum. Instead, young visitors are being invited to take part in a scavenger hunt to explore new artifacts placed in that gallery.

The archives will require all research inquiries to be made in advance, and access to research materials will be by appointment only. Limits to advance reservations and access to research materials will be subject to the archivist’s discretion. Research appointments will be capped at 45 minutes in duration and limited to one researcher or a family group of no more than two individuals.

Visitors can also expect reductions in, or cancellations of KMA programs. Hands-on group activities are not permitted under current COVID-19 safety guidelines, but, where possible, programs will be adapted or migrate to digital formats.

Routine cleaning procedures have been implemented, but visitors are encouraged to bring personal protective equipment if needed, and if possible, avoid using the KMA’s public washrooms.

Though cleaning procedures are in place, the KMA encourages visitors to be vigilant in avoiding touching any surfaces.

The museum opens its doors at 9:30 a.m. June 23, with a new exhibit presenting Royal Inland Hospital’s and the Tranquille sanatorium’s historical records.

For details or information on KMA hours, location, or services, visit

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