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The Nelson Museum: Where We Stand

The Nelson Museum, Archives and Gallery is ushering in a new era with a new brand, new website, and a new exhibition opening this month, which takes a deep dive into the past, present, and future of the museum.

Using a variety of interactive and multimedia tools, Where We Stand invites the viewer to discover the substantial history of the museum, the way in which we interact with our community — past, present and future — and how we move forward together.

The exhibition opens Friday, November 18 with a reception at 7 p.m., and runs through February 2023.  

Where We Stand compiles the many resources that guide the museum's work — with a special focus on national and international shifts, museum decolonization, and diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA) progress.

It also showcases recent film projects, exhibitions, and installations such as The REDress Project and Red Ribbon Round It. Audience members are encouraged to take part in an ongoing survey, which will be used to help inform the content in the new museum exhibition space (located on the second floor of the building), which is currently in the fundraising and early development stage.  

“The study of History is not static; our interpretation of the past is informed by current culture, lived experiences, and ongoing relationships,” says Nelson MAG Executive Director, Astrid Heyerdahl.

“It is our responsibility as the region’s gallery and archives to operate with an open mind and a willingness to expand our methodologies and understanding of the history of the region. Where We Stand is an opportunity to share with the community all that we have been learning.” 

Past exhibitions highlighted in Where We Stand include Kootenay Pride: We Love a Parade! (2021), She. We. They. The Women’s Show (2018), Metis Art and History (2020), and Gu Xiong’s The Unknown Remains (2019). These exhibitions explore LGBTQ2S+ advocacy, prominent women in the region’s history, an exploration of Métis history and culture, and migration, respectively. 

For more information about Where We Stand, or any of the exhibitions mentioned above, as well as other current events and programming, please visit nelsonmuseum.ca.