Osoyoos Museum Society

The Museum, located in Osoyoos, British Columbia, plays a vital role in preserving and interpreting, the material culture, art and history of Osoyoos and District. The Museum cares for a growing collection of more than 4000 artifacts, artworks, and documents. The Osoyoos & District Museum and Archives is a non-profit organization operated by the Osoyoos Museum Society (OMS), which was registered under the provincial Societies Act in 1983.

Our Impact Why We Exist

The mission of the Osoyoos Museum Society is to serve the people of Osoyoos and District as well as visitors to our area by collecting, preserving, researching, documenting, exhibiting, and interpreting historical artifacts and archival materials of Osoyoos and District.

Our Story What We Do

Many communities, as they grow and mature, develop a connection to their pasts, which often leads to the creation of a museum or historical centre. In Osoyoos, this sense of history began to develop in the 1950s and led to the establishment, in 1963, of the Osoyoos Museum in an historic log building on Main Street. Over the years the collections grew and in 1975 the Museum moved to its current location in a former curling rink on the lakeshore near downtown. And now, 50 years since the first museum doors opened, a new, modern facility is planned to replace the aging and out-dated facility. The Museum will be relocated to this new facility in 2020.

Our Programs How We Do It

The Museum Society's primary activities and programs include exhibits and educational programs. The Osoyoos & District Museum and Archives has developed several unique exhibits over the past several years including The Inkameep Day School Collection; Travellers Through This Land; Fur traders to the Okanagan Valley and beyond since 1811; and The War of 1812 in the West: The Oregon Country Legacy; as well as Class Acts, an on-line exhibition.

What You Can Do

To help support the Osoyoos & District Museum and Archives, become a member, volunteer, or donor. 


Kara Burton
Executive Director/Curator
Charitable Number: 119070910RR0001