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U'mista Cultural Centre

Museums & Heritage Sites, Shopping, Indigenous Culture, Accessibility

Things To Do, Arts & Heritage, Museums & Heritage Sites, Attractions & Sightseeing, Shopping, Indigenous CultureAlert Bay, Northern Vancouver Island, Vancouver Island

#1 Front Street, Alert Bay, British Columbia, VON 1A0

Accessibility

This business has self-assessed as having the following accessible attributes. Please contact the business directly for further detail if required.

Mobility

Entrance
  • Entrance has no steps or if there are one or more steps, there is non-slip ramp with a maximum of 5% slope
  • Entry route has a door that is at minimum 815 mm wide
Restroom in Public Area
  • Can be reached without going up or down stairs, has a main entrance and/or stall that is a minimum 815 mm wide and has an outward swing door
Activities & Transportation
  • Key activities are accessible to guests using mobility devices
  • Information displays (if applicable) at a lower height
  • Accessible spaces have clear views of the main activity (i.e. stage, viewing area)

Vision

  • Audible alarm and/or public service system
  • Staff are available to accompany guest through venue as a guide, and to describe the sights

Hearing

  • Accommodation has closed captioning on TVs/video boards

General

Service Dogs
  • Staff have been trained on guide and service dog policies
Supporting Programs
  • Business accepts Access2Card (www.access2card.ca)

Due to Covid19 U’mista will be open for reduced hours and occupancy and no public washroom available at this time. U’mista Cultural Centre is one of the longest-operating and most successful First Nations cultural facilities in BC, founded in 1980 as a ground breaking project to house potlatch artifacts which had been seized by government during an earlier period of cultural repression. The return of the potlatch artifacts not only provided U’mista’s name (‘the return of something important’), and sparked a general trend toward repatriation of First Nations and cultural artifacts, it caused the creation of a physical facility and human resources infrastructure which have been successfully operated for over two decades.U’mista now operates a modern museum and cultural education facility in Alert Bay. Their operations include the museum, an extensive art gallery and gift shop, group tours, and presentations by dance troupes.