Friends of the Museum

The Friends of the Quesnel & District Museum and Archives are people with an interest in the history of Quesnel and the Cariboo Region. They assist with events and projects at the museum, and raise awareness of heritage issues. As a registered Charitable Organization the Friends seek grants and host local fund-raising events to support projects which preserve, promote and celebrate the rich and vibrant history of the Quesnel area.

2010 Book Sale

Each May the Friends of the Museum hold a used book sale. Plan to attend this popular event, or consider donating books.

In recent years they have sponsored workshops on conducting oral histories and analyzing historical photographs. They have helped fund the digitization of the Cariboo Observer, the erection of the Chinese Memorial Cairn and several museum exhibit projects. They also reprinted the classic history of the area, Gordon Elliott's Barkerville, Quesnel & the Cariboo Gold Rush.

Among the most popular benefits of membership are free admission to the museum and the archives, a 10% discount on gift shop purchases and reciprocal privileges at a number of affiliated organizations.

To find out more, visit the Friends of the Museum web site.

Volunteer at the Museum

Have you considered volunteering at the museum?

We offer a range of volunteer opportunities with varying lengths of commitment. Are you interested in helping with education programs, developing exhibits, or researching the collection? Perhaps you would enjoy conducting interviews with long time residents, or transcribing interviews. Interested in retail? We need help selecting product for the gift shop, taking inventory and refreshing our displays. Is an occasional commitment like putting up posters for the Heritage Speaker's series more your style? It may not be glamorous, but carefully cleaning of the exhibits is an important part of caring for the collection and creating a positive impression on visitors. Do you have special skills that you can offer the museum? To discuss volunteer opportunities contact Elizabeth Hunter at or 250-992-9580.