Virtual Museum of Canada

The Virtual Museum of Canada (VMC) is Canada's national virtual museum. With a directory of over 3,000 Canadian heritage institutions and a database of over 600 virtual exhibits, the VMC brings together Canada's museums regardless of size or geographical location.

Virtual Museum of Canada
Logo of the Virtual Museum of Canada, a Canadian Heritage initiative.
TypeVirtual Museum

The VMC includes virtual exhibits,[1] educational resources for teachers,[2] and over 900,000 images.[3] The resources are bilingual; available in both French and English. The content on the VMC is created by Canadian museums, and is administered by the Canadian Museum of History

In February 2014, the Federal Government announced its intention to transfer the Virtual Museum of Canada and the Online Works of Reference to the Canadian Museum of History. Bill C-31, an Act to implement certain provisions of the budget and other measures, has received Royal Assent confirming that the Canadian Museum of History will assume responsibility for these two programs.[4]

The museum provides an online environment for Canadian communities to tell their stories and preserve their history. One way that this is achieved is through the VMC Investment Programs, which invests in Canadian museums to create online exhibitions. The Virtual Exhibits Investment Program is geared to medium- to large-sized institutions.[5] The other offering is the Community Memories Program, which is an investment program designed for smaller Canadian community museums, to allow them to create online exhibits about their history.[5]


  1. "Virtual Museum of Canada (VMC)".
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-10-17. Retrieved 2013-10-22.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. "Artefacts Canada - Humanities - Find Resources - Canadian Heritage Information Network".
  4. "Virtual Exhibit Investment Program".
  5. Network, Canadian Heritage Information; Network, Canadian Heritage Information (8 September 2017). "Canadian Heritage Information Network". aem.

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