Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Find answers to the frequently asked questions (FAQ) received by the Virtual Museum of Canada (VMC).

  1. What is the Virtual Museum of Canada?
  2. Who provides content to the Virtual Museum of Canada?
  3. If the Virtual Museum of Canada is a Canadian Government-funded program, why does the URL have a .ca and not a .gc.ca?
  4. Can I use the images in the Virtual Museum of Canada for my own personal use?
  5. Can I submit my own artwork to your site?
  6. How can I receive more news about the Virtual Museum of Canada?
  7. Does the Virtual Museum of Canada have any lesson plans?
  8. I'm planning activities for my kids. Where can I find fun and interesting things to do?
  9. How can I get in touch with the Virtual Museum of Canada?

1. What is the Virtual Museum of Canada?

The Virtual Museum of Canada (VMC) showcases a rich collection of Canadian heritage online. The VMC celebrates stories and treasures entrusted to Canadian museums and shares them in innovative and dynamic ways.

Launched in March 2001, the VMC has gained much national and international attention. Visitors from home and abroad have made more than 34 million visits to the VMC's virtual exhibits, images, interactive resources and other attractions.

2. Who provides content to the Virtual Museum of Canada?

The VMC provides each visitor with a unique and fulfilling visit. This is due to a rich and diverse content provided by many collaborators. These include close to 1,600 member museums, other government agencies, educational institutions, and the private sector.

3. If the Virtual Museum of Canada is a Canadian Government-funded program, why does the URL have a .ca and not a .gc.ca?

The Canadian Heritage Information Network, which is an agency of the Department of Canadian Heritage, created the VMC. Close to 1,600 member museums are responsible for providing content to the Virtual Museum of Canada and as a collaborative site, the VMC owns a .ca URL instead of a .gc.ca.

4. Can I use the images in the Virtual Museum of Canada for my own personal use?

Individuals are not allowed to use the images for their own use. All of the images found within the VMC have been provided by museums. Therefore, the contributing museum owns the copyright. To obtain more information on the copyright of images, you can contact the contributing institution for the image(s) of interest. Below each image, you will find the artist's name, the contributing museum, and the copyright information. Clicking on the desired image will enlarge it. Contacting the contributing museum will allow you to obtain more information on how to obtain the necessary rights for this image.

5. Can I submit my own artwork to your site?

Unfortunately, the VMC does not accept individual artwork. The Virtual Museum of Canada only includes reproductions of artworks that are in our members' collections.

6. How can I receive more news about the Virtual Museum of Canada?

Find out what's new at the Virtual Museum of Canada and your local museums by making the VMC your homepage.

7. Does the Virtual Museum of Canada have any lesson plans?

A variety of lesson plans and learning resources are available in the VMC. These have been developed by Canadian museums to help develop learning and classroom activities. Consult the Teachers' Centre section for more information. If you would like to be added to the VMC Teachers' e-newsletter, please subscribe online.

The VMC is also a great resource for homework, offering many topics and subjects from the fields of art, science, social studies and more.

8. I'm planning activities for my kids. Where can I find fun and interesting things to do?

Visit more than 3,100 museums online at the Museums in Canada section of the VMC. You can learn about Canadian heritage institutions from coast to coast, as well as plan your visit to a particular museum. Bookmark this page for updated events.

9. How can I get in touch with the Virtual Museum of Canada?

Use the feedback link, found on all pages of the VMC and in all of the virtual exhibits. You can also email us at mvc@museevirtuel-virtualmuseum.ca. We will gladly reply to your questions within two working days. We look forward to hearing from you!