Monday, 30 January 2012

Haida Gwaii Museums

Photo Credit: Haida Heritage Centre
Haida Gwaii Museum
Kaay Llnagaay ("Sea Lion Town") Second Beach Road, Skidegate

Ph: (250) 559-4643

The Haida Gwaii Museum is a non-profit organization with a 20 member board of directors representing all Haida Gwaii communities. The museum originally opened to the public in 1976 at Second Beach, Skidegate. In 2008, the newly renovated 17,000 sq ft expanded museum was opened, as part of the new 53,000 sq ft Haida Heritage Centre. The Haida Gwaii Museum primarily focuses on Haida history and contemporary culture in the form of art, objects, knowledge and documentation.

The museum's permanent 'Exhibit Houses' include Greenhouse Atrium, Eating House, Saving Things House, Contact and Conflict, Keeping our Way of Life, Forest, Connections and Cycles/Natural History.

In addition, The museum organizes an annual visual arts program of workshops and temporary artist exhibits; educational programs in conjunction with School District #50; and a series of public programs aimed at Haida Gwaii visitors during the visitor season (May to September).

Four to six temporary exhibitions representing the work of contemporary artists from Haida Gwaii as well as artists from BC, Canada and international destinations are organized each year.

Open daily in the summer with reduced hours during the winter. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for students, $5 for children 6-12, and free for children under 6.

Port Clements Settlers Museum
45 Bayview Ave, Port Clements
Ph: (250) 557-4576 or (250) 557-4403

Photo Credit: Port Clements Settlers Museum
Photo Credit: Port Clements Settlers Museum

The Settlers Museum in Port Clements is operated by the Port Clements Historical Society. The museum was built in 1985 to display items having historical value from early pioneers on Haida Gwaii. The focus of the Settlers Museum is upon the history of the European settlement and the forest industry on Haida Gwaii.

Photo Credit: Ian Gould

Displays include pioneer artifacts and historical photographs of logging camps, the flourishing forest industry and early 1900s life in Queenstown/Port Clements. An impressive outdoor exhibit of logging equipment invites the viewer to appreciate the work of early Haida Gwaii loggers.

The Golden Spruce and the ‘White Raven’ were popular attractions in Port Clements until 1997 at which time the Golden Spruce was illegally felled and the ‘White Raven’ met its demise when it made contact with an electrical transformer. The museum features both of these attractions in articles and photographs.

Open daily during the summer from 11am-4pm and on weekends during the winter. Admission is $2.

Dixon Entrance Maritime Museum
2182 Collinson Ave
Masset, V0T 1M0
Ph: (250) 626-6066

The Dixon Entrance Maritime Museum is appropriately located in an historical building – that being the original Masset hospital, built in 1914. The building has also served as a school house, a teacherage and an alternative school.

The Dixon Entrance Maritime Museum was organized with leadership from David Phillips and a group of dedicated volunteers. The museum opened to the public in 2001 and continues to operate as a non-profit organization.

The focus of the museum is upon Greater Massett’s maritime and settlement history. The museum features exhibits of Masset and Old Massett’s fishing fleets and shipbuilders as well as the numerous clam and crab canneries (Tow Hill, Naden Harbour, Old Masset, Lock Port and Queen Charlotte).

The museum captures the history of the thriving north end communities in a time of abundance and hardship.

The museum displays include photographs and documentation from the turn of the century featuring medical pioneers on Haida Gwaii, Union Steamships as the mode of transportation to Haida Gwaii, pioneer life and military history.

The museum also features local art exhibits throughout the year.

Open daily June - September (1-5pm) and weekends in April– June (2-4pm) . Admission is $2.

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