Alberni Valley Museum

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The Alberni Valley Museum is located in Port Alberni . The purpose of the facility is to present the history of the west coast of Vancouver Island , the Alberni Valley region with the main town of Port Alberni, and to convey the development of local forestry , fishing and agriculture . Another focus is the exhibition of local folklore and the art and culture of the Nuu-chah-nulth Indians, which is taken up by the presentation of found objects and photographs. The museum is part of the Alberni Valley Heritage Network and is municipal owned. The Museum and Heritage Commission is responsible for the selection and design of the exhibition . In turn, the commission cooperates with the Industrial Heritage Society and the Maritime Heritage Society .


After the collection began in 1965, The Alberni District Museum and Historical Society was established in 1967 . Initially, the collection was located in an old army building on the corner of Roger Street and 10th Avenue. In 1971 the museum opened on Wallace Street. In 1982 the premises of the museum were expanded and there was more space for the archive and the work of the volunteers.


The Nuu-chah-nulth basketry is a prominent feature of the exhibition. The representation of folk art focuses on works by John Halfyard, Peter Szachiv as well as Cebal Ruel and Gaudiose Trembly. Everyday life in the valley is explained with clothing, equipment and tools of the respective era, including technical equipment. The events surrounding the construction of the West Coast Trail , the beginning of telegraphy and the sea rescue are an integral part of the history of the West Coast . In addition, there are temporary exhibitions on various topics.

Archive and shop

The management of an archive is also part of the museum's operations. This consists of a large number of documents, including around 17,000 photographs. The museum also operates a gift shop.

Individual evidence

  1. Welcome to Alberni Valley Museum | Alberni Valley Heritage Network. In: Retrieved October 11, 2016 .
  2. ADHD History | Alberni Valley Heritage Network. In: Retrieved October 11, 2016 .
  3. Temporary Exhibits | Alberni Valley Heritage Network. In: Retrieved October 11, 2016 .

Coordinates: 49 ° 15 '4 "  N , 124 ° 47' 45.1"  W.