The Museum at Prince Rupert is really special. On the one hand it presents a picture of the accomplishments of very successful and truly ancient civilizations in this remote corner of North America. It demonstrates their their unique and fascinating social structures but it also tells the terrible story of their demise during the 19th century as smallpox ravaged the North West Coast. It also chronicles the impact of Europeans and perhaps on most importance it shows the cultural renaiscence of the last 20-30 years. This is a story that is not well communicated - especially in Europe - that the Museum does it so well makes this well worth a visit. A wonderful tragic story, beautiful artifacts in a superb building - wonderfully located on the shoreline. The building is an accurate reproduction of a North West Coast cedar longhouse.
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