Antiques in a window (David Gluns photo)
Soak up the culture and history of First Nations peoples along with the story of European settlement, logging, fishing, and maritime activities by visiting two museums in town.
Campbell River Museum
A sun mask offers a surprise welcome to visitors as they begin their tour of the imaginatively designed exhibition spaces at the Campbell River Museum – arguably one of the best on Vancouver Island alongside Victoria's Royal BC Museum, and the museums in Nanaimo and Port Alberni.
The First Nations exhibit is highlighted by the Treasures of Siwidi, an audio-visual retelling of a hero's journey through the supernatural underworld. It's a riveting story as spot lighting illuminates a collection of exotic masks carved by some of Vancouver Island's finest artisans.
2 Museums in Campbell River
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470 Island Hwy
Campbell River, British Columbia
Rated tenth in the country by Trip Advisor, the Museum at Campbell River on Vancouver Island is often called "a gem of a place". Located conveniently on the Island Highway, the Museum houses a fine collection of permanent exhibits that represent the unique culture & history of Northern Vancouver Island. Highlights include First Nations carvings & artifacts, the history of the logging & salmon fishing industries & interactive exhibits like a touch screen kiosk that especially intrigue young visitors. While you are here, be sure to watch our film about the famous Ripple Rock explosion & explore the Museum Gift Shop for local books & unique Northwest Coast art.
34 Weway Rd
Quathiaski Cove, British Columbia
The majestic backdrop of Discovery Passage frames the Village of Cape Mudge on Quadra Island, home to Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre. Established in 1979, Nuyumbalees was the first museum of its kind in Canada, designed specifically to house the Sacred Potlatch Collection. This unique grouping of masks, ceremonial items and regalia was repatriated from the federal government.
Visitors can view over 250 items removed during the Anti-Potlatch era (1884-1951), as well as stone tools displays, pre-contact basketry, and historic Totem and Welcome Poles located in our Carving Shed. At the Ah Wah Qwa Dzas guests will see several petroglyph, more than 2500 years old. Traditional Salmon BBQ dinner & dance performances held May - Sept (reservations are required).
Gift Shop and Tours are available throughout the year.