COVID-19 Update

The Qualicum Beach Museum is temporarily closed as a response to COVID-19.

Please stay tuned for our reopening,  featuring brand new exhibits and updated health and safety protocols.

 

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Our Mandate

The Qualicum Beach Historical and Museum Society was incorporated under the Society Act of British Columbia on March 29, 1984. The Constitutional mandate of the Society is outlined below.

The mandate of the Qualicum Beach Historical and Museum Society is to acquire, preserve and present its social history, natural history (paleontology), aboriginal history and archival collections, in a manner consistent with its resources and capabilities, to promote the interest, support and involvement of area residents and visitors and contribute to the cultural and economic development of our community.

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

School Programs

Our Museum is home to a fascinating collection of fossils as well as historical artefacts. Our Museum invites students to learn about the social and natural history of Qualicum Beach and area through hands-on activities and inquiry-based learning. Please come and join us as we step back in time to learn more about our community and the world around us. Working with district schools we are currently re-developing our educational programs to enhance the new K-12 BC curriculum.

School tours are still available upon request. For more information or to book a tour, please contact the Museum.

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School Photos

 

Are you curious about family history or perhaps just curious about the past? Thanks to the Qualicum Beach Museum, you can now search or browse school photos dating back to the 1920s! High resolution prints or digital copies are available upon request for a small fee. The database currently contains records from the 1920s to the 1950s.

Featured Exhibits

Qualicum First Nations History

This exhibit looks at the story of the Pentlatch peoples who occupied the local area, based on the research and interpretation of a Master’s student from the Qualicum First Nation. There is a section on artefacts and implements, historic occupation of the area by Indigenous peoples, and a spoken language exhibit featuring ‘Pentlatch Moons’.

Social History

As you step upstairs, you will be transported into the Qualicum Beach of yesteryear. Featuring exhibits on C.P.R. employee H.E. Beasley, the Qualicum Beach Train station, the Qualicum Beach Hotel and more, these displays reveal life in the past.

Natural History

Fossils are precious gifts from the geologic past: signs and remains of ancient living things preserved in the Earth’s crust. The word has a Latin origin, from fossilis meaning “dug up”, and that remains the key attribute of what we label as fossils.

Discovery Centre

Qualicum Beach’s electricity was first generated in 1929 in the Power House building, which is currently located on the museum grounds. While the original diesel generators have long since been removed, a Vivian diesel generator similar to the one previously used is on display, and serves as a reminder of the equipment used in Qualicum Beach until 1935.

Oral History Theatres

The Qualicum Beach Museum has two short documentaries based on recordings of local oral histories of Qualicum Beach. The making of these involved interviewing several descendants of local pioneers, videotaping the interviews, and compiling countless hours of amazing stories and collective memories.

Outside Displays

The QB museum is located right across from the E&N Railway station on Beach Road and has a magnificent view of the ocean. The grounds consist of a small garden where the statue of Guiseppe Roat (made by local carver François Mongeau in 2012), better known as the Hermit, presides. The Hermit was born in the Tyrolean Alps in 1882, and as a young man traveled widely before coming to Qualicum sometime in the early 1920s.

Support Your Museum

A sincere thank you to all the sponsors and volunteers that help us maintain this vital connection to our history and heritage. Please consider supporting us with a financial donation, the purchase of a membership, or the gift of your time.

Qualicum Beach Museum Archives

The Archives store a treasure trove of the community’s memories that help to tell our history, acting as a repository for community records that document social, economic, political, and geographical developments in the area. The Archives’ purpose is to identify, acquire, and preserve these archival records for the people of Qualicum Beach and the surrounding area, and to make those records accessible to the public.

“The mission of the Qualicum Beach Historical and Museum Society is to acquire, preserve and present the social and natural history of the Qualicum Beach area in a manner in which the whole community will be interested, supportive, and proud.”

Netanja Waddell // Museum Manager

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

News & Events

WINTER

October through May

Tuesday and Thursday 1-4 

TEMPORARILY CLOSED

SUMMER 

June through September

Tuesday to Saturday from 10-4

ADMISSION

By donation

Suggested: $5 for Adults

$2 for Children

 

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250-752-5533
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qbmuseum@shaw.ca

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587 Beach Road Qualicum Beach, B.C. V9K 1K7

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