K-12 Core Programs


The Alberni Valley Museum offers a variety of school programs for Kindergarten through Grade Twelve classes. Interactive and engaging programs are offered at two sites: the Museum and the Maritime Discovery Centre. Opportunities to discover Port Alberni and Provincial History, from First Nations Culture and Pioneer experiences to Forestry and Maritime heritage our programs address many of the prescribed learning outcomes of the Social Studies Curriculum. The Beta Sigma Phi Legacy Fund connects our students with the museum by providing the funds to cover the program fee for all Port Alberni School classes attending museum programs. In recognition of the sorority’s 60th Anniversary local chapters formed this legacy fund to enable Port Alberni youth to learn about their history and heritage.   

Programs are available throughout the school year and must be booked at least 2 weeks in advance. There is a $50 fee for out of district schools and groups.

To Discuss and Book Museum Programs Contact:

Education Curator at: 250-720-2523

Email: [email protected]


Dinosaur Discovery: (Grades K-3) Lets your students discover the work of Paleontologists.

Travel Ways: (Grades K-2) Explore the Museum and the history of transportation in this fun and active program.

Museum Discovery: (Grade 1-2) Explore the Museum and discover what goes on behind the scenes.

Pioneer Family: (Grade 3) Travel back in time and discover Port Alberni life in the 1890s.

Grasses and Cedarbark: (Grades 4-5) Focuses on traditional Nuu-chah-nulth culture and utilizes the museum collection.

Archaeology:  (Grades 6-7) Provides an opportunity for your students to discover the work of archaeologists.

Local History Study:  (Grades 8-12) A multi visit program that allows your students an opportunity to utilize the research resources of the Museum and Archives and discover some of the history of the Alberni Valley.



A Pioneer Christmas: Grades K-3
December dates TBA
A fun and active program that introduces the concepts of history, the past and community to young students through a familiar theme-Christmas. Students will  discover what home life and Christmas would be like in the 1890’s. They will step back int time and experience old fashioned storytelling and craft making and more through this very special Christmas program that takes place at the Museum.