About us

For more than 35 years, we have been connecting museums with Canadians.

A national centre of expertise, the Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN) enables Canada's museums to connect with each other and their audiences through the use of digital technologies.

This commitment has lead to the development of products and services that nurture the creation, management, presentation and preservation of Canada's digital heritage content.

Working in partnership with more than 1,500 heritage institutions across Canada, CHIN makes it possible for Canada's heritage professionals and volunteers to:

Interact and Learn with Colleagues through the Professional Exchange

The Professional Exchange provides an online space for heritage workers to learn, share and collaborate. Shaped by CHIN's collaborative research activities, our skill development resources cover topics such as intellectual property, standards, automated collections management, online marketing and digitization.

Reach and Captivate Canadians through the Virtual Museum of Canada

The popular Virtual Museum of Canada (VMC) portal features content developed through VMC Investments. More than 1,500 CHIN member institutions contribute online exhibits and images of artefacts that engage Canadian and international audiences in our shared history and heritage. Over 900,000 images of museum collections can be found in Artefacts Canada. An interactive Teachers' Centre allows teachers and students to collaborate in a protected environment, while drawing from lesson plans and customizable multimedia resources. The VMC also includes detailed listings of Canadian heritage attractions and their events.

Explore and Share Collection Records through Artefacts Canada

Canada's national inventory of museum objects, Artefacts Canada is a vital research and reference resource for heritage professionals which contains nearly 4 million records, including images.

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