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U'mista Cultural Centre

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Great for the whole family

A wonderful collections of cultural objects and information. There is an excellent area for kids... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Calgary, Canada
Must visit while in Alert Bay

Very informative video about the Potlatch Celebration, dances and masks. Loved the kids area where... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Marlaina H
Saskatoon, Canada
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U'mista Cultural Centre is one of the longest-operating and most successful First Nations cultural facilities in BC, founded in 1980 as a ground breaking project to house potlatch artifacts which had been seized by government during an earlier...more
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#1 Front Street, Alert Bay, British Columbia VON 1A0, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Centre is well put together and informative, the carvings are Amazing; the video very informative. It is fairly small, yet provides insight into the history of the U’mista people. I particularly enjoyed the carved ceremonial masks many of which appeared in the video. It...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A wonderful collections of cultural objects and information. There is an excellent area for kids to have hands-on experiences with some items.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank galencampbell
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very informative video about the Potlatch Celebration, dances and masks. Loved the kids area where you could touch items, make crafts and dress up!

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Marlaina H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of my favorite museum experiences to date. It's rare to go to a museum put together by the people who's culture is on display. We feel very fortunate to have gotten to learn about the very living indigenous culture of the Kwakwa̱ka̱ʼwakw peoples. The...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Meadowcreature
Reviewed August 10, 2019

A must see exhibit - one of the most powerful and lasting impressions of our visit to Alert Bay and Northern Vancouver Island. A powerfully curated collection of historical and contemporary cultural artifacts of the Kwakwa̱ka̱ʼwakw peoples. This should be essential viewing for all residents...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed July 18, 2019 via mobile

The museum is obviously a must see, beautiful items returned after being confiscated decades ago. But don’t miss the Tsalala group daily performance, if you really want to understand better first nations struggle to pass on their cultural identity to the next generations. And there...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed July 5, 2019 via mobile

4.5 We loved the art and artifacts which were beautiful. Our one reservation was some ambiguity about whether we were welcome to join a tour that was being given. We did join but weren't sure whether that was OK.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank janbob51
Reviewed June 10, 2019

With the resources this community has, this is a great interpretive center. Tour the room with the historic masks before seeing the video of their dance ceremonies. Staff were very helpful.

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed June 6, 2019

This centre gave us some really good information, background and personal stories from first nations individuals. Some of the information and stories are depressing / heartbreaking, mainly stemming from efforts in the past to eradicate the culture. The centre has different types of exhibits, video,...More

Date of experience: June 2019
1  Thank DadandCab
Reviewed May 24, 2019

A modern museum of history and artifacts. We walked from the ferry to the cultural centre - we were greeted warmly. There is a modest fee to enter (not forgetting the GST). Before starting to explore we were shown a 10 minute video of the...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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