Cumberland Museum & Archives

Cumberland Museum & Archives

Cumberland Museum & Archives
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Mark Attisha
Vancouver, Canada80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
The rainforests and the vagaries of business cycles have covered much of the history of Cumberland and the nearby Coal Creek (Cumberland Chinatown). The Cumberland Museum & Archives brings this rich history back to life with vibrant and engaging exhibits that don't shy from telling uncomfortable truths. From the treatment of early Chinese settlers ("A Place At the Table") to mining conditions in the 1800s to early aboriginal engagement, the museum doesn't hold back. Yet despite all they endured, the happiness and pride of these vibrant and tenacious people shine through. This museum tells their stories beautifully.
Written September 12, 2023
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William S
Liverpool, UK595 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
We spent a very pleasant and interesting hour visiting this museum. It is only $5 to enter and has exhibitions predominantly on the discrimination against Chinese and other immigrants in the 20th century and the development of the coal mining industry with a focus on the danger faced by the miners and the unfair handling of labor relations leading to a strike. Everything is thoughtfully and well presented and easy to navigate. It is definitely worth a visit.
Written June 15, 2023
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whirleybennett
Cochrane, Canada15 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Nice space, good lighting, professionally presented and laid out. A nice little museum for a relatively small community, and very good value for money. We particularly liked all the photos and the little touches such as the drawers containing a few smaller 'surprise' items.

There was not much information given to us about Cumberland's coal mining (nothing on the geological, economic and commercial aspects) given that it was the reason for Cumberland's existence - except from the human point of view. Maybe that's because most of the items found were personal items. Still, a map or something would have been nice.

We did find the insistant dwelling on racism in every exhibit rather tiresome. People lived according to the values and attitudes of their particular era - as we do - and it's too easy to take the moral high ground and criticize people of the past for their behaviour.

We liked the coal mine tunnel recreation.
Written February 2, 2023
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Lech PF
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
I don't know why this oustanding museum is listed as 54th of all the museums in the area! It's so worth visit. Great people, extraordinary story and breathtaking exhibition are just a few reasons to put it on your bucket list of things to do before you die. True story :-)
Written April 30, 2022
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Anna_Maria39_11
Winnipeg, Canada566 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Solo
This is a modest and well cared for community museum located at one end of the main commercial strip in Cumberland. There are two floors, the main floor housing exhibits focused on the history of Cumberland and the lower level exhibiting a sample of the coal mine. The coal mine exhibit could be further developed. The main floor was much more developed and I found it interesting and informative to learn about the positive impact the Japanese community has on the area as well as the labour movement led by Ginger Goodwin. Admission cost is very reasonable at $5.00 for adults. There is a small selection of souvenirs for purchase including books focused on the surrounding area. An hour is sufficient.
Written July 24, 2019
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Haircut
Vancouver, Canada409 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
Was here to attend the Celebration of Cumberland’s Japanese Canadian History on June 8. I not only learned a lot about the history of both Chinese and Japanese in this little town, I also had the chance to see so many valuable historical items displayed in the museum. I have never heard of Cumberland before but now, I think it is a very unique little town that is worth a visit if you pass by the area. I wish this place could become more known to Canadian.
Written June 21, 2019
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Windslow548
Salt Lake City, UT17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018
Illustrated the importance of mining in Cumberland, and the changes in technology over the decades. Fascinating history of an old mining town that has adapted to the closing of the mine and turned into a recreation destination point.
Written June 5, 2019
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debbie506
New Brunswick152 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Couples
We were looking for somewhere to spend an hour or two on our drive up-island, due to ferry schedules and hotel check-in times. This place showed up on tripadvisor, and we are very glad it did. I grew up on vancouver Island, but I had never visited Cumberland and I was amazed at this small town's mining history and importance to BC in years gone by. I subsequently found out how important it was to my own family history, as several of my Scottish great uncles spent time working in the coal mines there (mind you, they all quit as soon as other opportunities - like WWII-came up. Better the devil that you don't know rather than the one you do, i guess.) Anyway, hubby and i spent a very pleasant 2+ hours exploring this very well done museum. Recommended.
Written September 24, 2018
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sherylpeters007
Cumberland, Canada8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Solo
Visit to get an overview of the Cumberland coal mines, the Chinese and Japanese contributions to the village, see a mock replica of a mine and much much more.
Written August 28, 2018
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johnpE908TO
Miami, FL123 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
The Cumberland Museum is a surprising large museum for a small towns. Contains a wide variety of exhibits. Several mining equipment artifacts on display in front outside, which are viewable even when the museum is closed.
Written June 25, 2018
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