Antiques in a window (David Gluns photo)
Tiny Alert Bay is rich enough in history to warrant two museums. An internationally renowned U'mista Cultural Centre and a civic museum chronicling the evolution of Alert Bay.
Alert Bay Museum
Next door to the Visitor Centre on Fir Street, the Alert Bay Museum is a colorful one-room museum known for its historical photographs (more than 7,000 in all) and memorabilia. Missionaries, loggers, fishermen, merchants, and doctors all played a role in the Alert Bay's evolution, and some of their stories are highlighted. The booklet, History of Alert Bay and District (1958) is on sale at the museum. While out of date and rife with politically incorrect language, it does tell the town's back story neatly in 100 pages.