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 ONLY, FROM 11 AM – 3 PM.

Please note the COVID19 protocols below

ALTHOUGH THE ARCHIVES ARE CLOSED TO VISITORS, VOLUNTEER ARCHIVISTS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE ARCHIVES TWO DAYS A WEEK FOR RESEARCH REQUESTS.

Please contact the Archive Directly
The archivists will respond to your email as quickly as they can.

Thank you for your patience and support.

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Visiting the Cowichan Valley Museum & Archives

Keeping you safe:

  • Numbers of visitors at one time is limited
  • COVID-19 screening questions for all visitors
  • Adherence to Public Health Agency of Canada’s measures for physical distancing
  • Frequent cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces
  • Hand sanitizer provided
  • One-way traffic pattern in museum to maintain physical distancing

Arriving at the Museum you will be asked a series of screening questions:

  • Do you have a fever?
  • Have you felt hot or feverish anytime in the last two weeks?
  • Do you have any of the following symptoms: Dry cough, sneezing, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, sore throat?
  • Have you experienced a recent loss of smell or taste?
  • Have you been in contact with any confirmed COVID-19 positive patients, or persons self-isolating because of a determined risk of COVID-19?
  • Have you returned from travel outside of Canada within the last 14 days?
  • Have you returned from Canada from a location affected by COVID-19?

While you are at the Museum we ask you to:

  • wear a mask during your visit
  • use the provided hand sanitizer
  • avoid touching your face
  • cough or sneeze into your sleeve
  • keep everyone in your group together at all times, including children
  • maintain physical distancing
  • avoid touching surfaces

Washrooms:

  • Washrooms are closed to visitors at this time
  • Public washrooms are available and are located north of the train station

Admission:

  • Admission is by donation. At this time we are only taking cash or cheques payable to the Cowichan Historical Society
  • If you would like to make a donation, please visit our website www.cowichanvalleymuseum.bc.ca. Charitable tax receipts will be issued for amounts over $25.