Cowichan Valley Museum
Tourism Region: Vancouver Island
The Museum is housed in an old railroad station right along the E&N Railway. It is located in the centre of Duncan, a community of 4,300 people in the heart of the Cowichan Valley, also known by its First Nations population as "The Warm Land". Priscilla Lowe, the curator-manager and her staff offer a warm welcome to visitors from around the world.
About the Collections
Artifacts relating to Cowichan Valley settlement, post contact. A growing collection offirst nations material is in collection. The main 'pioneer' collection includes farm equipment and tools, household equipment, personal possessions relating to specific pioneers. The museum exhibits include a general store, King's Daughters' Hospital and medical room. The main room is titled 'Duncans and the Cowichan Valley'. The visitor takes a walk through Early Settlement, Railway, Agriculture, Homes, Commerce, and Tourism. The textile and medical collections are extensive for a small museum.
Approximate number of objects in the collections: ca 7000
Archival material 1860 to the present. Includes photographs, maps, diaries, memorabilia, documents and reference material relating to the Cowichan Valley (Malahat in the south, Westholme in the north, Maple Bay to the east and Paldi to the west).
Architectural Records •
Cartographic Materials •
Prints and Drawings •
Sound Recordings •
Paintings and drawings of Cowichan Valley scenes and artists are collected for the museum collection.
Canadian • Aboriginal or First Nations
Contemporary • Historical
Mixed Media, Multimedia or Installations • Painting • Photography • Prints and Drawings
Collection contains artifacts relating to life in a community originally based on agriculture. The artifacts reflect the interests and activities of the residents.
The early settlers were mainly from the British Isles and life in the Cowichan Valley strongly reflected this aspect until the 1950's.
Clocks or Time-Keeping Devices
Costumes and Accessories
Furniture or Furnishings
Household Objects or Domestic Technology
Maps, Charts, Plans or Blueprints
Religious or Liturgical Objects
Toys and Games
Services & Activities
Archival Records •
Pioneer History Program,(Grade 3)
First Nations Program (Grade 4)
Others as required for specific classes
: Age 5-11 (k-6)
Gift shop, tourist and local information
Accessible by Public Transportation
Children's Activities or Services
Meeting Room Rental
Special Needs Facilities
: Wheelchair access
Volunteer Services Available •
Volunteer Training Offered
Number of Volunteers: 30
Activities: - front desk
- archive registration
- archive data entry
- archive info file maintenance
- obituaries clipped
- obituaries database
- school program assistance
- newsletter production
- Family Fun Event assistants
- monthly speakers
- special photocopy rate
- free entry to museum
Duncan Train Station, Canada Ave.
Duncan, British Columbia
Cowichan Valley Museum
Box 1014, Duncan, British Columbia
Hours of Operation
Family Fun Events are held 4 times per year (April,July, October, December). Mother's Day Heritage House Tour held annually (May)
Open: Winter Wed.-Fri, 11-4; Saturday 1-4(subject to change)
Summer Mon.-Sat. 10-4.
Staff available year round, Monday to Friday 9-5
Statutory holidays and Christmas week
$2 per adult, children (under 14), members, volunteers free