BC's Marvellous Mushrooms
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Mushroom Exhibit

BC’s Marvellous Mushrooms

This new travelling exhibition, created by the Royal BC Museum, explores the science and practical uses of mushrooms today, highlighting some of the most fascinating of the 3,400 known species in the province.

In the Upstairs Gallery from January 20 to April 22.

BC’s Marvellous Mushrooms encourages visitors to learn more about BC mushrooms and their versality. It introduces a cross-section of different species—some familiar, some bizarre, some delicious and some deadly. Their lives are interwoven with every part of British Columbia ecosystems.

Mushrooms are not only a subject of scientific study but also a source of food, dyes, and medicine; and objects of ceremony and beauty. This exhibition delves into the many facets of these fabulous fungi.

Featuring interpretive graphic panels, 3D-printed mushroom models and foraging equipment, the exhibition facilitates visitors’ understanding of BC mushrooms and their many uses.

BC’s Marvellous Mushrooms was created in 2021 to accompany the Royal BC Museum’s popular new handbook, Mushrooms of British Columbia by Andy MacKinnon and Kem Luther—a comprehensive and practical guide suitable for both professional and amateur”

Women of the Sooke Region: From Pioneers to the Modern Wonder Woman

September 23, 2021 – September 29, 2026

We are excited to announce the launch of a virtual, bilingual exhibit titled Women of the Sooke Region: From Pioneers to the Modern Wonder Woman, on September 29. This exhibit explores the challenges and triumphs of the women who helped shape the Sooke region. In addition to celebrating historical figures, the exhibition tells the stories of women who are building the Sooke of the future, through writings, objects, and archival photographs.

SRHS#2218 Women skipping, Lannon Flats, circa 1920

SRHS#2218 Women skipping, Lannon Flats, circa 1920

Based on the physical exhibit “Women of the Sooke Region” that debuted in our upstairs gallery on June 24, 2019, this online project was developed with the support of the Digital Museums Canada investment program. Digital Museums Canada is managed by the Canadian Museum of History, with the financial support of the Government of Canada. The exhibit will be accessible to all, featuring closed captioning for the hearing impaired as well as alternative text for the visually impaired.

“When I first set foot in the Sooke region around 10 years ago, I did not yet know the extent of the history here. In my time with the Sooke Region Museum as Collections Manager, I have heard no shortage of stories of the hardy and inventive women of the region. After working with our wonderful historian Elida Peers and local contributors on this online project, as well as the physical exhibit that debuted back in 2019, I became inspired. This exhibit features classic, as well as untold, stories of the women of the region. We have given our all to produce a bilingual exhibit that is accessible to everyone and shares the lives of Sooke women, past and present, with the world.”
– Collections Manager Montana Stanley

The exhibition will remain on the Community Stories webpage for 5 years, until September 29, 2026.
You can access the exhibition, available in both official languages at:

English: https://www.communitystories.ca/v2/sooke-women_femmes-sooke/

French: https://www.histoiresdecheznous.ca/v2/sooke-women_femmes-sooke/

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