Museums

Our Comox Valley museums celebrate the diverse heritage of the region and await your discovery. You can explore the cultural treasures of the K’ómoks people for a fascinating glimpse into First Nations culture, discover the history of early pioneering life, and relive the past at our local paleontology centre which offers an amazing snapshot of the region and the amazing creatures that called it home thousands of years ago.

Explore a coal mine and labour history in Cumberland Museum and Archives. Visit with dinosaurs and discover the roots of our commerce and social stories in Courtenay Museum and Paleontological Centre. Plow through the valley’s agricultural history at Comox Archives and Museum! Union Bay features an original Gaol House Museum, Denman Island Museum shares its activist, hippy history, and you can soar at the Comox Air Force Museum or remember the fallen at the HMCS Alberni Museum & Memorial. Walk the woods and learn about the Pentlatch people at the Nim Nim Interpretive Centre.

 

Nim Nim Interpretive Centre

The Puntledge RV Campground and Nim Nim Interpretive Centre is situated at the location of the original Pentlatch People. The Interpretive Centre honours the late Chief Joe Nim Nim, and the Pentlatch people. On display are Chief Joe Nim Nim’s beautiful beaded headpiece and carved cane, his police cuff links and baton (he was at one the the Indian Police), Nim Nim’s wife’s handwoven basket and photos of the Nim Nim family and Comox People. The campground is located in the traditional territory of the K’ómoks First Nation and provides a breathtaking river and mountain view as your backdrop.

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Courtenay and District Museum & Palaeontology Centre

The Courtenay and District Museum and Palaeontological Centre celebrates cultural and natural history of the Comox Valley in the 21,000 sq. ft. 1925 Post Office building in Courtenay’s downtown. Open year-round, visitors will discover world-class palaeontological finds and learn about Comox Valley social history. Programs, field trips and archival inquiries and gift shop purchases available year-round. Adjacent to great eateries and shopping.

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The HMCS Alberni Museum and Memorial

The HMCS Alberni Museum and Memorial (HAMM) is one of Canada’s many national war memorials. At its heart is the memorial to the Canadian crew of HMCS ALBERNI which was torpedoed in 1944 with the loss of 59 RCN sailors. The museum also presents stories of the Canadian military from the Great War to the present day. This internationally recognized museum is one of Comox Valley’s hidden pearls which continues to be source of educational experiences and a proponent of national remembrance and pride.

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Comox Archives & Museum

The Comox Archives and Museum celebrates the evolution of Comox from the arrival of the first European settlers until today. Come and enjoy the rotating exhibitions, family histories, and stories about the development of the area. The struggles, the hardships and the good times.

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Comox Air Force Museum

Visit the Comox Air Force Museum and discover the history and heritage of the RCAF on the west coast of Canada. Explore a family friendly main gallery, special exhibit area and outdoor Heritage Air Park (seasonal). The museum also includes a reference library and gift shop. Knowledgeable volunteers and staff look forward to welcoming you on your next visit to the Comox Valley.

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Union Bay Historical Society

Union Bay Historical Society Gaol House Museum is like a local time-capsule for the town’s eclectic history. It is located opposite Union Bay itself, next to the beautiful Heritage Status 1913 Post Office. The lobby of the P.O. Is complete with the original brass mail boxes and is still operating as Canada Post.

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Cumberland Museum & Archives

The Cumberland Museum and Archives tell the story of the people of Cumberland—the rich, the poor, the powerful, the rebellious, the righteous and the radical. Exhibitions and programs explore the diverse and dynamic narratives of communities past and present. The Cumberland Museum & Archives is on the main street of Cumberland’s historic downtown. For up-to-date information on programming or to take a virtual tour visit the website.

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Denman Island Museum

Denman Island Museum wants you to know all about the history of this beautiful place in the Salish Sea. Starting with the first nations who thrived on the island for centuries before white settlement and have claim to the island to this day. Settlers, old farming families, remittance men, loggers and farmers, and latterly hippies and social activists have all shaped the heritage of Denman. Visit and learn more, by appt while still under pandemic protocols.

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Hornby Island Natural History Centre

The Natural History Centre offers events, programs, and a natural history collection to encourage a bond between people and nature.

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