The Qualicum Beach Museum would like to acknowledge that the land on which we gather is the unceded traditional land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Qualicum First Nations whose historical relationship with the land continues to this day.

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Come visit our wonderful community museum featuring the fascinating social history of Qualicum Beach and area, renowned palaeontology exhibits and displays about communications and energy. 

In light of the COVID-19 crisis and the advice from our public health officials, the Qualicum Beach Museum will be closed until provincial guidelines permit re-opening.  Although a difficult decision, we feel this is the best way to protect the health and well-being of our community. We will continue to evaluate the situation and respond accordingly, and will update you as the situation changes. 

Take care and stay healthy…we look forward to seeing you again very soon.   

QB Museum Board, Management and Staff

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What’s New?

      Social History

We are revitalizing our social history exhibits!  This year we will highlight the amazing and important story of how local livelihoods have depended on trees and fish for thousands of years.  In addition, we will share a fascinating glimpse of a schoolboy’s life at the Qualicum College during the 1940’s. 

Permanent exhibits include the Qualicum train station and some interesting characters of early Qualicum Beach, such as the late Helen Eggersman, the first hairdresser of Qualicum Beach.  You can watch a film made with local pioneers in our oral history theatre, and see rare footage of the Qualicum Beach Inn and Horne Lake logging operations in 1929.

 

Experience the vibrant history and contemporary culture of the local First Nations, with art and information panels created by an artist and scholar from the Qualicum First Nation. 

Just for kids:  Learn the names of the Pentlatch Moons…Try our scavenger hunt and win a Canada pin…Check your skill at our ‘drop the clothes peg into the milk bottle’ game…Find your home on a map…Guess the tree rings to win a prize…Power a light bulb with your own energy…See and touch some very cool fossils…and much more!

      Paleontology – unfolding the mysteries of the past

You will be amazed by the life’s work of our esteemed curator and amateur paleontologist, retired local teacher Graham Beard.  See examples of fantastic local fossils in the exhibits, and on film in our new theatre. 

Vancouver Island is an amazing source of fossils that are new to science.

Did you know palaeontologists have only discovered 1% of past life on Earth? That means each new fossil discovery in our little corner of Vancouver Island adds one more piece to the mysterious puzzle of life.  

Learn more in our Virtual Museum of Canada on-line exhibit: Paleontology on Vancouver Island

English version here, / French version here.

 

We gratefully acknowledge the operational support of the BC Arts Council.