Youth Access Program


Understanding our past, shaping our future.

At the Nelson Museum, Archives & Gallery we believe that creating barrier-free access to the arts is a crucial step in creating a healthy and happy youth community. 

Children who spend time in museums are engaged, curious, and innovative. The statistics prove it, and we see it in action every day at the Nelson Museum, Archives & Gallery.

The rotating gallery exhibitions, 2nd floor Museum, The REDress Project installation, Cold War Bunker, Shawn Lamb Archives, and the Nelson Sports Collection offer one-of-a-kind opportunities for youth in our community to engage with regional history, explore their passions and talents, and learn outside the classroom.

Thank you to our 2023 Youth Access Program sponsors:

January: Kalesnikoff Lumber

Thank you to Kalesnikoff Lumber and Kalesnikoff Cares for stepping up as our very first Monthly Youth Admission sponsor! Kalesnikoff has been supporting the community since 1939, and has a robust giving program that continues to provide opportunities that expand access to life-enriching programs such as the Nelson MAG Youth Admissions Program. Thank you! 

February: Kootenay Co-op

We want to say thank you to the Kootenay Co-op, who is the February sponsor for the Nelson Museum Youth Access Program, which supports FREE admissions for youth under 18. The Co-op has always been a big supporter of the Museum programs, and once again stepped up in a big way.

March/April: Grant Thornton LLP

Thank you to Grant Thornton LLP for sponsoring the Youth Access Program for not one but TWO months! Thanks to their support, we are able to offer free admission and access to all youth under 18, creating access to a welcoming, safe space where children can explore the world through art and history.

Grant Thornton LLP is a leading Canadian accounting and advisory firm providing accounting, audit, tax and advisory services to private and public organizations. They help dynamic organizations unlock their potential for growth by providing meaningful, actionable advice through a broad range of services.

May: Kays Contracting

We welcome Kays Contracting to our growing community of Youth Access Program sponsors for the month of May! Founded in 2006, Kays is a steadily growing company operated by a tight-knit team who cherish all the excitement and adventure that the Kootenays has to offer. 

June/July: Mannings Wealth Management / CIBC Wood Gundy

Thank you to Michelle Mannings and CIBC Wood Gundy, who have sponsored the program for June and July. CIBC helps plan for your financial future, and their support also helps support the future of arts and culture in our region.

September: Kootenay Bakery Cafe

A big thank you to the Kootenay Bakery Cafe for supporting the Youth Access Program for the month of September! The bakery’s values of equity, cooperation, and community support are a perfect match for the Youth Access Program, which provides barrier-free access to history, culture and art for all youth under 18. Next time you’re on Baker Street, stop in for a delicious pastry and say thanks!

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