The Alberni Valley Museum’s Historic Photograph Collection contains over 22,000 images (photographs, slides, negatives) that document the history of the Alberni Valley and the Alberni Clayoquot Region. The collection can be viewed on-line here (link is external).
The Alberni Valley Museum collection encompasses a wide range of objects related primarily to the history of the Alberni Valley but also to the Alberni Clayoquot Region. First Nations artefacts range from historical ethnographic material to present day art; of special note is our extensive collection of Nuu-chah-nulth basketry. Objects that support newcomers’ use and occupation of the Valley include pieces related to agriculture, trade, industry, textiles, household use, recreation,local artisan work and social functions.
Two dimensional artworks (paintings, drawings, prints) are available for viewing by appointment only. Although the collection mainly consists of works by artists who have called the Valley home, such as George Clutesi and Mary Collinge, it also contains works painted in the Alberni Clayoquot Region by visiting artists like Emily Carr and Arthur Lismer.
The Museum’s collection of locomotives, logging trucks, rail cars, speeders, tractors and other industrial pieces is stored off site. Cared for by the volunteers of the Western Vancouver Island Industrial Heritage Society, the collection usually has limited viewing available during the summer months. The Society’s Facebook page can be accessed here