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Adult Programs

Coastal Conversations

Starting this fall, join us for our newest program Coastal Conversations. Coastal Conversations invites participants to connect with community facilitators and MMBC staff to build cultural literacy, deeper understanding, and ultimately a more inclusive, welcoming community of diversity. Conversations may touch on sensitive topics including (but not limited to) experiences of those who are unhoused, immigration journeys, queer and trans community experiences, etc. as they relate to the maritime experience.

We are committed to ensuring that all participants experience a welcoming and safe environment in these conversations, regardless of personal background or identity. Participants can expect:

  • Clear guiding principles and expectations for conversation;
  • Co-facilitators with knowledge/experience in the topic area and training in facilitating conversations.
  • Optional readings and learning opportunities provided in advance of the conversation so participants can join the conversations with some framework to engage in discussions.

Thanks to support from the City of Victoria, this program is free to the public.

 

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Creative Workshops

Our workshops are a fun way to engage your creativity and get social while learning about Victoria and BC’s incredible cultures and histories. Join one of our scheduled workshops or book a private workshop.

Recommended for ages 10+. Prices include the cost of supplies.

Sea Glass Workshop in the Maritime Museum of British Columbia gallery

A non-refundable $10 deposit is required to reserve a group experience.

Within 3-5 working days of submitting your deposit, we will confirm your reservation via email and submit an invoice for the remaining cost of the program

If you need to change your date, please get in touch with us at schong@mmbc.bc.ca as soon as you can (two week’s notice is appreciated) and we can shift your deposit to another day.

If you have questions or are not sure which experience would best suit your group’s needs, please email schong@mmbc.bc.ca before filling in an online form, and include: 

  • How many people are in your group
  • The age of the participants (e.g. children, youth, adults, seniors)
  • A little bit about the needs or interests of your group

If you are interested in a day or time not listed on this calendar, please email schong@mmbc.bc.ca as we still may be able to accommodate your group. 

Commitment to Access:
• Designated aides are always admitted for free. Please let us know how we can best support you in the registration booking notes.
• We partner with service-based organizations and schools to provide free access to our museum for underserved or marginalized communities. Please use our bursary form to let us know more about your needs.
• If you are not part of a group and cost is prohibitive, please email schong@mmbc.bc.ca.

All creative workshops are now reserved online

Option 1: Attend a scheduled workshop

•  Members receive a 20% discount (see members newsletter for discount code)
• Individuals under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a paying adult (18+)
• All individuals, including adults chaperoning their children under 12, are required to register as workshop participants
• Walk-ins welcome if space is available
• Maximum group size: 10

$29.99 per person + GST

Option 2: Book an In-Museum PRivate Workshop

•  Members receive a 20% discount (see members newsletter for discount code)
•  Groups with individuals under the age of 12 must be accompanied by at least 1 paying adult (18+)
•  Group size: 5-10 individuals

$29.99 per person + GST

Option 3: Book a Private Workshop At Your Site

• $50 transportation fee added to each booking
• Groups with individuals under the age of 12 must be accompanied by at least 1 paying adult (18+)
• Group size: 5-10 individuals

$29.99 per person + GST

Sea Glass Jewelry Workshop (75-90 min)

Using locally sourced sea glass, create your own necklace, bracelet, earrings, or other one-of a kind jewelry. Enjoy casual conversation as you learn about why sea glass exists, share local maritime stories, explore the complex relationships we have with the land, and brainstorm how we can keep our maritime habitats healthy.

“Knot” Your Average Coffee Table Décor Workshop (75-90 min)

The oldest knots date back thousands of years! Learn about how the history and culture of knots from around the world. Then, brush up on your knot-tying skills as our educators guide you while you create your own “knotty” home décor.

Sea Lantern Workshop (75-90 min)

Ever-present fog, shifting winds, and treacherous currents makes marine navigation challenging on British Columbia’s west coast, giving it the nickname “the Graveyard of the Pacific.” Transform a simple mason jar into your own “sea lantern” while learning how lighthouses have been instrumental in keeping mariners safe here since the 1800s.

*Nautical Holiday Wreath Workshop (2 hours)

Get ready for the holidays, while learning a thing or two about knots! Our workshop leader will guide you through the process of transitioning a single piece of rope into a beautiful holiday wreath. Bring a pair of light work gloves – gardening gloves will do just fine!

*$44.99 + GST per person

Maritime Masterclasses

Maritime Masterclass in the Maritime Museum of British Columbia gallery

Commitment to Access:

  • Designated aides are always admitted for free. Please let us know how we can best support you in the registration booking notes.
  • We partner with service-based organizations and schools to provide free access to our museum for underserved or marginalized communities. Please use our bursary form to let us know more about your needs.
  • The sliding scale pricing model allows folks who would most likely be priced out of something to have the chance to take part in it. It also seeks to address the systemic inequalities of class in our culture.

    Please be mindful that if you purchase a price at the lowest end of the scale when you can truthfully afford the higher ticket prices, you are limiting access to those who truly need the gift of financial flexibility.

    Read more about it here to determine where you fit on the scale.

 

Our Maritime Masterclasses are practical, skills-based classes, meant for those wanting to refresh their knowledge or learn something new.

Recommended for ages 10+.

Registration Fee is a SLIDING SCALE

$29.99 / $18 

• Members receive 20% off (see members newsletter for discount code)
• Individuals under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a paying adult (18+).
• All individuals, including adults chaperoning their children under 12, are required to register as workshop participants
• Includes the cost of admission and self-guided activities

Fall Schedule

Saturday, November 19 Flags and Signals for the Sensible Sailor with Jamie Webb
Saturday, December 3 Darn It! Mend It!  Use it Forever! with Anya Baker
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Instructor Anya Baker is sewing her dream wardrobe out of thrifted tablecloths and maintaining her small personal collection of fast fashion, wearable antique and vintage clothes. Her favourite pair of trousers are 10 years old from Forever 21, and still going strong. She works at the Maritime Museum of BC and sews in the evening. She has no formal qualifications in fashion or sewing; but neither did all the home seamstresses and stitchers in her family who kept everyone looking sharp.

Darn It! Mend It! Use it Forever!

Workshop Description

Are you overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of global textile waste; caught in a cycle of fast-fashion buying and disappointment; inspired to commit to a creative and rewarding hobby? Are you ready to darn it!—mend it!—use it forever? Whether you have never picked up a needle and thread before, or are seeking inspiration and community in stitching, this masterclass is the space to learn and practice invisible and visible mending skills, including basic darning. We will discuss how personal wardrobes and collection practices differ from museum collections, philosophies on alteration and upcycling, and how you can ensure the garments you love (even fast-fashion garments!) can be useful beyond a few washes.

Maritime Memories

Maritime Memories caters to seniors and special interest groups.  

Option 1: In-Museum Program

• $150 for up to 20 participants
• $7.50/additional participant
• Includes the cost of admission and self-guided activities

Option 2: Museum Visit to Your Site

• $150 for up to 20 participants
• 10% off for each additional sequential group
• $50 transportation fee

 

Option 3: Virtual Maritime Memories

·         $100.00 for up to 20 participants

CONTACT US

For more information on these programs or to inquire about a private booking, please contact schong@mmbc.bc.ca.

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