Hand of Man - Museum of Natural History, Cultural Arts & Conservation

Hand of Man - Museum of Natural History, Cultural Arts & Conservation

Hand of Man - Museum of Natural History, Cultural Arts & Conservation
4.5
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • minimuffinlover
    San Rafael, California216 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not to be missed exhibits!
    Fascinating exhibits of natural history, art, and mementos from Jim Shockey’s life. Well worth several hours, since his videos add lots of information to an already packed exhibit. Would make a great field trip for students of all ages. You can touch all the different furs!
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 21, 2023
  • John R
    4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hidden private Gem
    The owner has amassed millions of miles of travel and adventure momentous. There is tribal art, stuffed animals, dinosaur skeletons, rock treasures and thousands of natural history momentous. We had a 5 year granddaughter with us, and she was fascinated with the iPad she was given for the tour. She punched in a number displayed on the artifact, or animal, and an explanation was given, usually including video footage of the animal in question. Definitely will be going there again.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 23, 2023
  • Beachblonde556
    SeaTac, Washington91 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    MInd Blowing Museum
    I'm a museum junkie, I admit it. But this museum was so over the top amazing, I can't even begin to review it. You have a little bit of almost everything here. From skeletons to stuffed animals, to tribal bits and pieces from all over the world. This collection represents the lifelong interests of a man called James Shockey. The exhibits are interactive, in a sense. You're given an IPad at the beginning of the tour, and many of the exhibits have a number. You punch in the corresponding number on the Ipad and have Jim Shockey himself telling you all about the item you're looking at, where he acquired said item, and the history of it. You need to set aside several hours or go back multiple times to look at everything. It is a donation-only, museum, but I encourage anyone who goes there to give a little more or go back multiple times. The museum is inside an old school, and while it doesn't look like much from the outside, you do need to go in and look.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 26, 2023
  • Jeremy A
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Far exceeded expectations
    What an incredible museum to see. The interactive iPads had the kid’s attention and they learned so much from the information they were given when they typed in the number on the item they wanted to learn about. We will definitely bring guest that we have at our place. Simply a wonderfully put together museum with lots of attention to the details. It’s a “ Must see” place on Vancouver Island.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 14, 2023
  • Roxanne L
    Olympia, Washington38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A remarkable museum, must see!
    We stumbled on this museum while on a sailing trip. After visiting for an hour we knew we needed more time to appreciate its many wonders. The next day we spent five hours going through it slowly and still only scratched the surface. We have visited many museums in the world and this one is among our most favorite. The versatility of the collection is astonishing. Jim Shokey has created a magnificent museum based on his 30 years of travel around the world. The iPad provided to guests helps explain pieces of the collection, definitely take advantage of this resource.
    Visited June 2023
    Written August 30, 2023
  • Jo W
    Parksville, Canada46 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A mind blowing collection by a unique individual.
    This museum, in a converted elementary school near Duncan, BC, contains the lifetime collection of Jim Shockey, a hunter. Jim’s philosophy about hunting can be summarized by saying that hunting is the only way to preserve wild animals in this day and age. The local people need to know that the animals in their land are more valuable to them if they are preserved for controlled “ethical” hunting than if they are just killed “unethically”; for example, killing elephants for their tusks. My personal attitude on hunting is that it is better for me and the animal if it is shot with a camera rather than with a gun, so I have a rather conflicted set of feelings about many parts of this exhibit, in which is a huge collection of stuffed animals, presumably killed by Mr. Shockey. There is no question that the skeletons of everything from huge dinosaurs and whales, to hairy mammoths and walruses are very impressive. The place has so many artifacts that it is difficult to think that Jim collected it all himself. It definitely worth a visit. For it to be in a disused elementary school in Maple Bay, near Duncan, BC is somewhat bizarre, as it really needs to be in or near a large city.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written November 19, 2023
  • Paradise63643000821
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Extensive Collection was mind blowing.
    Never have I had such a great experience taking in the multitude of fascinating collections that this brilliant man has acquired over a lifetime, and quite a feat at that. If you are a woke individual or have a thing against hunters you will likely be triggered. Personally I found this exhibit absolutely spectacular and cant wait to return with friends and family! Loved it!
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written March 6, 2024
  • Adrian S
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    You MUST See This! A dazzling experience!
    Incredible, accessible collection of artifacts and natural history. My mind was blown by the dinosaur skeletons, taxidermy collection, the variety of shells and other sea creatures, and the Clovis points display--remnants of a 12,000 year-old civilization. I've been to some excellent museums, including the Guggenheim, the D.C. Museum of the American Indian, the Human Anatomy museum in Sao Paulo, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the Hand of Man deserves the same level of prestige as any of them. We spent all of four hours strolling between irreplaceably rare and fascinating exhibits, and I felt that we barely scratched the surface of all there is to see. Bravo!!!
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written April 26, 2024
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Adrian S
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Incredible, accessible collection of artifacts and natural history. My mind was blown by the dinosaur skeletons, taxidermy collection, the variety of shells and other sea creatures, and the Clovis points display--remnants of a 12,000 year-old civilization. I've been to some excellent museums, including the Guggenheim, the D.C. Museum of the American Indian, the Human Anatomy museum in Sao Paulo, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the Hand of Man deserves the same level of prestige as any of them. We spent all of four hours strolling between irreplaceably rare and fascinating exhibits, and I felt that we barely scratched the surface of all there is to see. Bravo!!!
Written April 26, 2024
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Stewart D
Victoria, Canada5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Really amazing collection! Take your time, the place isn't huge but is full of incredibly interesting stuff from around the world. Cool stuff for kids in the giftshop too.
Written March 16, 2024
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Paradise63643000821
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Never have I had such a great experience taking in the multitude of fascinating collections that this brilliant man has acquired over a lifetime, and quite a feat at that.

If you are a woke individual or have a thing against hunters you will likely be triggered.

Personally I found this exhibit absolutely spectacular and cant wait to return with friends and family!

Loved it!
Written March 7, 2024
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Dan Delitzoy
Campbell River, Canada10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
It was an amazing experience with so much to see and so little time.
Jim Shockey was kind enough to go out of his way to check in and ask how my museum experience was . A must see

Written December 4, 2023
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Jo W
Parksville, Canada46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
This museum, in a converted elementary school near Duncan, BC, contains the lifetime collection of Jim Shockey, a hunter. Jim’s philosophy about hunting can be summarized by saying that hunting is the only way to preserve wild animals in this day and age. The local people need to know that the animals in their land are more valuable to them if they are preserved for controlled “ethical” hunting than if they are just killed “unethically”; for example, killing elephants for their tusks.
My personal attitude on hunting is that it is better for me and the animal if it is shot with a camera rather than with a gun, so I have a rather conflicted set of feelings about many parts of this exhibit, in which is a huge collection of stuffed animals, presumably killed by Mr. Shockey.
There is no question that the skeletons of everything from huge dinosaurs and whales, to hairy mammoths and walruses are very impressive.
The place has so many artifacts that it is difficult to think that Jim collected it all himself.
It definitely worth a visit. For it to be in a disused elementary school in Maple Bay, near Duncan, BC is somewhat bizarre, as it really needs to be in or near a large city.
Written November 19, 2023
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Sam E
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
The staff at the museum were very friendly and helpful.
Jim and his family have quite the amazing collection of artifacts.
Would 100% recommend for anyone who enjoys the outdoors and history.
Written October 14, 2023
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Colin S
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
This is not a museum. A museum is a venue that seeks to bring community together for learning, experience, and culture. This is an old elementary school bought up by a wealthy individual whose entire life and legacy is hunting rare animals - which he then stuffs, charges you money to see, and uses it as an opportunity to lecture you about environmental issues.

The cultural artefacts are shown with no context and were clearly acquired with wealth and zero regard for cultural respect and dialog. They are cluttered in a fashion that tells you that it's about quantity, not quality. Barely any information is present in the museum on the cultural artefacts - including many indigenous artefacts with no acknowledgement of even what part of the world they come from. Anyone who finds the Royal BC Museum difficult to visit will find this place horrifying, to the truest sense of the word.

If anything, this is a rare relic of western hubris, a private Victoria hoarder's museum in a twenty-first century context. There are no staff other than the owner, there is no curation, there is no cultural dialog despite claiming to be a museum displaying a multitude of cultural artefacts.

Visit a local cultural centre instead.
Written September 20, 2023
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Roxanne L
Olympia, WA38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
We stumbled on this museum while on a sailing trip. After visiting for an hour we knew we needed more time to appreciate its many wonders. The next day we spent five hours going through it slowly and still only scratched the surface. We have visited many museums in the world and this one is among our most favorite. The versatility of the collection is astonishing. Jim Shokey has created a magnificent museum based on his 30 years of travel around the world. The iPad provided to guests helps explain pieces of the collection, definitely take advantage of this resource.
Written August 30, 2023
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Jeremy A
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
What an incredible museum to see. The interactive iPads had the kid’s attention and they learned so much from the information they were given when they typed in the number on the item they wanted to learn about. We will definitely bring guest that we have at our place. Simply a wonderfully put together museum with lots of attention to the details.
It’s a “ Must see” place on Vancouver Island.
Written August 15, 2023
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Tara C
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
This was beyond our expectations! What a phenomenal collection. An amazing experience of learning and discovery. Already talking about a return visit and we are spreading the word of this gem to friends and family.
Written August 14, 2023
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