Greater Vernon Museum & Archives Society
The Greater Vernon Museum and Archives collects, preserves, and showcases the history and culture of Greater Vernon and surrounding area so that residents and visitors are able to explore the past, reflect on the present and imagine the future together.
Starting on June 5, 1950, in a back room of Vernon Junior High School, the GVMA grew steadily with the city until it was relocated to its current location in the heart of downtown. In 2016, the GVMA became an independent registered society, and a signatory partner in the Greater Vernon Cultural Plan.
The GVMA's mandate is to collaborate with community members, researchers, visitors and other organizations to explore the unique history and heritage of the Greater Vernon area. To this end, the GVMA maintains public collections of artifacts and archives (on behalf of the RDNO) for preservation, research and exhibition with respect to events, activities, and interests in the social and natural history of the North Okanagan region. Services and resources in the museum are intended to serve all generations and cultural perspectives of indigenous people, newcomers, visitors and longtime residents.