Virtual Museum of Canada

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Virtual Museum of Canada
Symbol of the Virtual Museum of Canada.jpg
Logo of the Virtual Museum of Canada, a Canadian Heritage initiative.
Established 2001
Type Virtual Museum

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.

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 Heritage Information Network, which is a special operating agency within the Department of Canadian Heritage.

The Virtual Museum of Canada 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.[4] 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]

The VMC also works with its member museums from across Canada to create multimedia content, such as the History Matters podcast series,[6] and the Museum Treasures[7] selection of videos created in partnership with the National museums of Canada.


  1. ^ Virtual Exhibits", at the official site
  2. ^ Teacher's Centre, at the official site
  3. ^ Artefacts Canada, at the official site
  4. ^ Virtual Exhibits Investment Program, at the official site
  5. ^ Community Memories Program, at the official site
  6. ^ History Matters podcast series, at the official site
  7. ^ Museum Treasures video series, at the official site

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