Become a museum member for 2021!
Includes free admission to the museum and discounts in the Gift Shop.
Join us and help our museum grow!
Upcoming Museum Events
Sunday, March 14, 20212:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Gabriola Historical & Museum Society will be holding its AGM on March 14th at 2 pm. This will most likely be on Zoom and more details will follow as soon as possible. Mark your calendars!
2021 will be an exciting year for us, as the McRae property purchase brings new opportunities to add to old ones.
Join our board and help us take the Museum forward!
Are you interested in…
- Organizing events
- Working with volunteers and members
- Working with Snuneymuxw elders and storytellers
- Creating new exhibits & displays
- Historical tours and interpretive programming
- Record keeping and policy development
- Fundraising & grant writing
- Working with the Nature Conservancy on our covenant lands
- Working with GaLTT on trails
- Planning buildings and renovations
- Building and grounds maintenance
- PR and digital communication
Then there’s a place for you!
Call us for more information and for an interview. We look forward to working with you!
Joan Merrifield: email@example.com
or call the museum at 250-247-9987 (Dawn Fulton)
Anne Landry was the winner of the Museum’s latest 50/50 draw. The total raised was $440. Anne has donated her winnings back to the Museum for the McRae land purchase. Many thanks go to Anne for her donation. Thank you to all of you for participating and supporting...
“Since we announced our membership’s decision in the Sounder to purchase the McRae property a few weeks ago, we are well underway to paying off the mortgage, thanks to the completely overwhelming response from Gabriolans,” said museum board president, Joan Merrifield....
Gabriola Museum Purchases McRae property for the Community – includes public trails and a nature conservation covenant
Yes, it’s official! The Museum stepped up and purchased the McRae property – securing the public access trails and holding the responsibility of the conservation covenant as created by the late Stan and Maxine McRae. At a special meeting of the membership on November...
Gabriola Museum Exhibit
Connections From the Ground Up
The Museum has undergone a major transformation of its constantly changing exhibits to create a permanent display, which represents a broad perspective of Gabriola Island and its people.
Connections From the Ground Up, our new permanent exhibit, explores the island’s cultural landscape through rocks, shores, ocean and forests. The exhibit shows the interdependence of this natural place with the humans who have called it home and loved it. Gabriola’s stories reveal diverse ways of knowing and living: Snuneymuwx stories, settler stories, scientific stories, and many more.
Three new themes have been introduced-On the Rocks, At the beach, and In the Woods.
On the Rocks
On the Rocks includes an extensive look at our island origin stories and its geology from a variety of perspectives. Artifacts of Snuneymuwx tools and fossils are displayed in drawers and give a real sense of our collection. Local geologists and those who study rocks and fossils on our island explain land formations that puzzle us, such as Malaspina Galleries. This is just a small taste of what is in store for you in our geology section.
At the Beach
At the Beach includes a revised Beach Quest exhibit, and touch tubs of intertidal shells remnants of live animals and seaweed. Magnifiers are available to look closely! Learn about undersea animals and plants and the impact of our tides.
In the Woods
In the Woods is still being developed but we have an exciting display on Cedar and basket weaving. Snuneymuwx weaver, Dave Bodaly has contributed one of his woven cedar hats to this exhibit, which also shows a number of baskets from our collection.
Gossip Corner is a new exhibit, which offers visitors an opportunity to leave mail and messages. Historical photos show the importance of Gossip Corner for early settlers. Next to that is our famous Hippy Display, which is loved by all.
Future indoor exhibits will show the industries of Gabriola such as fishing, farming and forestry. These are yet to come. As well, a geology group has been creating a map of Gabriola with a power point that shows the land and its formations. We look forward to sharing this important piece of geological history with all.
The new exhibit includes something for every one of all ages, with activities and experiences that will engage you in a variety of ways.
A group of Gabriola Elementary grade 7 students have been worked with the museum for over a year and developed interpretive activities and games for all ages. Our thanks goes to Mia Cereno, Kira Fullerton, Tully Ivany, McGill Parcher, Nisha Strauss, John Swift, and Ava Teichroeb for their ideas and enthusiasm in helping to set the direction of the museum’s displays.
Join us in learning, sharing and connecting together to celebrate this place now called Gabriola Island!
The museum would like to acknowledge community funders whose support made this exhibit possible. Special thanks goes to the Gabriola Lions Club, Village Food Market, Arbutus-Home Hardware, and Sea to Sky Construction. As well, a number of private individuals have made anonymous donations, which are greatly appreciated.