About

Our Mission

is to inspire a deeper understanding of Vancouver through stories, objects and shared experiences.
 

Overview

Vancouver's story begins here.

The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) connects Vancouverites to each other and connects the city to the world. An enthusiastic civic advocate, MOV is dedicated to encouraging a deeper understanding of Vancouver through stories, objects and shared experiences. MOV is an independent, non-profit organization that seeks partners to support the evolution of the Museum’s visitor experience.

Our vision is to inspire a socially connected, civically engaged city.

We acknowledge that the city of Vancouver is on the unceded traditional territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

 

Awards and Distinctions

2015: Governor General's History Award for c̓əsnaʔəm, The City Before the City

2015: Canadian Committee on Public History - Public History Prize for c̓əsnaʔəm, The City Before the City

2014: Canadian Museum Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in Education: Sex Talk in the City

2014: Options for Sexual Health - Educator of the Year for: Sex Talk in the City

2013: Canadian Museum Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in Marketing

2013: Canadian Museum Association Award of Distinguished Service for MOV Curator Joan Seidl

2012: Canadian Museum Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in the category of Education for Bhagra.me.

2012: Recipient of Architecture Canada (AIBC) BC Chapter's Architectural Advocacy Award.

2012: BC Museum Association, Museums in Motion Award

2012: 3rd place in Georgia Straight's Best  of Vancouver for Best Public Art Gallery in the 2011 Best of Vancouver

2011: 3rd place in Georgia Straight's Best of Vancouver for Best Public Art Gallery in the 2011 Best of Vancouver,

2011: 3rd in the category of Art Gallery (public) in WE Vancouver's Best of the City 2012 reader's choice awards.

2010: Canadian Museum Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in Management.

The Center for the Future of Museums even recognizes the MOV as a thought leader on the topic.

 

Strategic Plan

The challenge facing the Museum today is to build on this exceptional, award-winning foundation and deliver for the citizens of Vancouver a Museum that truly realizes its potential: higher attendance, membership, public awareness, earned income, donations, and sponsorship. The next stage of the Museum’s development will require significant changes at all levels – Board, leadership and staff – and a very different approach.

In order to realize the vision, the Strategic Plan 2016-2020 identified five goals:

  1. Grow public awareness of the Museum of Vancouver brand.
  2. Grow, diversify, and engage the Museum’s audiences.
  3. Increase earned and contributed Museum revenues.
  4. Strengthen the Museum’s operational and financial capacity.
  5. Transform the Museum’s Board.

2008-2011 Strategic Plan
2013-2015 Strategic Plan
2013 MOV Business Plan
2016-2020 Strategic Plan
 

Annual Report

2011 Annual Report
2012 Annual Report

2013 Annual Report
2014 Annual Report
2015 Annual Report

2016 Annual Report

 


 

Photo by Ryan Carmichael