Welcome to the Cowichan Valley Museum & Archives

As rich in history as it is in beauty, the picturesque Cowichan Valley is located on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.   Its commercial centre, Duncan, has its roots in the 1886 rural settlement of Duncan’s Crossing, also known as Alderlea.  Come and enjoy the fascinating history of the Cowichan Valley at the Museum in the former 1912 Duncan Train Station.

Train Station

 

The Cowichan Historical Society owns and operates the Cowichan Valley Museum & Archives and is mandated to collect, preserve and interpret the history and heritage of the Cowichan Valley.  We operate a full-service community museum offering school and public programming, permanent and temporary exhibits, special events, and archival services.

THE MUSEUM IS OPEN TO VISITORS
THURSDAYS & FRIDAYS FROM 11 AM – 4 PM.

Archives is open by appointment

Please contact the Archive directly to book an appointment

Please note the COVID19 protocols below

Thank you for your patience and support.

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Visiting the Cowichan Valley Museum & Archives

A communicable diseases prevention program is in place to comply with Stage 3 Reopening in British Columbia

PROTOCOLS FOR VISITING THE MUSEUM & ARCHIVES

  • We ask you to wear a mask at this time;  masks are available at the Front Desk; Masks must be worn in public spaces in City Hall (Archives is located on 3rd Floor)
  • Use hand sanitizer
  • Maintain social distancing
  • Surfaces that are frequently touched are cleaned throughout the day
  • Washrooms are sanitized throughout the day
  • Avoid touching surfaces

Admission:

The Cowichan Valley Museum and Archives are both open, and both have implemented COVID-19 protocols formulated on the advice of the public health authority and backed by science. The Cowichan Historical Society has worked hard to ensure the safest conditions for visitors, staff, volunteers, and partners. We’ve made the health and safety program at our two locations a priority.

Admission to the museum is by donation. At this time, we are only taking cash or cheques payable to the Cowichan Historical Society. Charitable tax receipts will be issued for amounts over $25.

PROOF OF VACCINATION

Starting September 13, 2021, all visitors 12 and older will be required to show proof of vaccination to visit the Cowichan Museum and Archives. This is a province-wide health order from the Government of BC.

  • As of September 13, visitors must have received one dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine in order to visit.
  • Starting October 24, visitors must have received two doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine in order to visit.
  • Visitors must provide proof of vaccination to gain entry.

For more information on how to obtain and show proof of vaccination, please visit the BC Gov webpage.

FACE MASKS

Please know that, as of August 25, 2021, face masks must be worn in all indoor public spaces throughout BC. This applies to all people 12 and older, regardless of vaccination status. For more information on this provincial health order, please visit BC Gov News.