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Address: 4255 Wallace St, Port Alberni, British Columbia V9Y 3Y6, Canada
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+1 250-723-2181
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Full of curiosities

Free admission! Helpful attendants! And contained more than we expected. We enjoyed the local folk art pieces and tales from the early 20th century of the coastal telegraph line... read more

Reviewed 22 March 2017
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Kamloops, Canada
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Kamloops, Canada
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13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

Free admission! Helpful attendants! And contained more than we expected. We enjoyed the local folk art pieces and tales from the early 20th century of the coastal telegraph line, tragic shipwrecks and giddy goings-on at nearby prewar resorts. Had fun trying to send telegrams to each other.

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Port Alberni, Canada
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2016

What a relaxing hour spent walking through the exhibits. Very in depth collection of local art and artifacts. Entrance was by donation which was great.

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Morelos, Mexico
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110 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 238 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 September 2015

I agree with ianjc's review below in that this little museum is an unexpected treasure in a small town. It is a display museum, and also a research museum in that the research takes time and the opening of drawers that contain artifacts. The town's archives and information about and photographs of Port Alberni people, both First Nations and settlers/immigrants,... More 

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2 Thank Farsante2
Vancouver Island, Canada
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 26 July 2015

Many of the antique items on display once belonged to Port Alberni locals. Part of the museum is dedicated to the local First Nations history, including artifacts and artwork. The ground level is wheelchair accessible, but unfortunately the upper level is not.

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Thank ooU_Uoo
Port Alberni, Canada
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27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 July 2015

I didnt find this museum interesting at all. They need to put come money into it and show things more interesting. If you want to see the history of the town then maybe its a good place to go, but that is it really.

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Thank Loroko
Port Alberni, Canada
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25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2015

there is so much to see and discover here. Drawers to open and check out lit up displays. Knowledgeable people working there to answer questions. lots of fun

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Thank Sherry C
Port Alberni
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13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2015

For any one whom is interested in the history of Port Alberni this museum has a lot of interesting artifacts. The displays are always changing so you need to stop in often. We'll run and the curators are very knowledgeable of the displays. A must see.

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Thank sylPortAlberni
Nanaimo, Canada
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66 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 January 2015

A very nice museum with lots of native and non-native artifacts, depicting the history of Port Alberni and its surrounding areas. Well showcased, although at times the lighting was dim (for preservation purpose). Good museum for the children as well.

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Thank Gilles C
Canton, GA
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28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 September 2014

We took our toddler to the local library for story time and happened upon this museum afterwards. Great local history (which I was very interested in as this is my husband's home town). Beautiful collections, I think it is a diamond in the rough. We really enjoyed it!

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Thank stefaniemcjones
Victoria
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244 reviews
120 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 July 2014

I've a museum nut. I've visited them all over the world, and this is certainly in the top five for a town of this size. It is a different approach, and some people will find it challenging. Most museums have 90% of their collection stored away, and bring out selected artifacts for realistic displays: a replica of a 1920 dentist's... More 

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