Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre

Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre, Quadra Island: Address, Phone Number, Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre Reviews: 4.5/5

Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre

Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre
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Claude H
Surrey, Canada21 contributions
Great carvings of totems
Sep. 2021
We enjoyed photographing the totems and petroglyphs outside but unfortunately the musem is closed due to C19. We were told they have a great potlatch collection so will have go back another time.
Written September 29, 2021
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sandrabI7727FC
5 contributions
Beautiful carvings, totem poles, canoes, and artifacts.
May 2019
Extremely well done, small historical presentations of artifacts. Helpful staff. If you visit at the right time you can see a totem pole being carved. Great location.
Written November 15, 2019
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Vegevous
Escondido, CA13 contributions
A deep experience and a true gem of the island
Aug. 2019
We just happened on this beautiful center and discovered that it was the best part of our trip on Quadra. We learned so much about current and historical issues. This center shows the huge positive impact on a community of repatriation of it artifacts. Beautifully preserved and respectfully interpreted. A must see for any QI visitor. Highly recommended. Also, dont forget to check out the canoe along the shore a little further north.
Written August 19, 2019
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PBN
Canada11 contributions
Wonderful!
Aug. 2019 • Family
My family enjoyed our visit. My children were very engaged in the various displays and exhibits. Petroglyphs were a huge hit!
Written August 19, 2019
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Sunny S
4 contributions
brilliant!
Jul. 2019
Great education centre! very hands on, my girls learnt to work with ceder bark. My husband and I learnt about the work the first nations are carrying out now .
Written August 12, 2019
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SRQtraveler520
Sarasota, FL18 contributions
What a gem
Aug. 2019 • Friends
Its worth taking the ferry to Quadra just to see this small but excellent museum and the village. It houses a sacred potlach collection of repatriated artifacts -- masks, ceremonial dress, canoes, totems. The items are wonderful and the interpretation is excellent. We arrived just when an elder was telling stories -- an unexpected treat. And there is a carving shed next door where they are carving totems.

Go see this!
Written August 11, 2019
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Jan206
Seattle, WA127 contributions
Historical Photos, Masks, News Stories Explain History
Jul. 2019 • Couples
After visiting the U'mista Cultural Centre in Alert Bay, we wanted to see the other BC Cultural Centre that showcased Potlatch masks. Since we were on a sailboat, we took the ferry to Quadra Island and then walked about 1 1/2 miles to find the Centre. There are little signs directing along the highway, but no sidewalks. Luckily, traffic is light and the scenery is relaxing.
The museum is compact and has probably a hundred masks, artifacts and other First Nations items. I found the blown up historical photographs really interesting as they showed how villages were built. The newspapers of the day were fascinating--not only stories about First Nation issues, but other world events happening. Most of the items are in glass boxes, although the totems and a few masks are in the open. The gift shop is very small with a few local artists represented.
There also is a totem carving shed, but when we visited, no one was available to discuss the totems being carved. The Centre is definitely worth a visit, though, and it should be better promoted because the First Nation history found here is educational. There also is a walk along the beach that sounded fun, but we'd already walked 1 1/2 miles and had another 1 1/2 miles to get back to the ferry.
Written August 5, 2019
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RTGJ
Hamilton, Canada67 contributions
Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre is Closed
Jun. 2019 • Solo
I recently spent a short period of time on Quadra Island for some relaxation from work. I am interested in the many cultures of First Nations. In an add about Quadra Island, I had read some favorable commentary about the Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre. I made my way there in the morning of Friday, June 21, 2019. It was supposed to open at 10:00 am. I arrived there at about 9:45 am. There were no vehicles in the parking lot at the time.

I went across the road to an outdoor First Nations site near the water. It had a video system set up wherein people can watch videos about the First Nations history in the area. I watched 3 videos, all of which were very informative. Just after 10:10 am I made my way back to the Centre. There was a sign on the door that read, "Back at 10:30 am", or words to that effect. I watched one vehicle pull in and the driver walked to the same site across the road that I have just described above. He returned to his vehicle, sat there for 5 minutes and left. I waited for another 25 minutes or so and nobody showed up. I then called the number affiliated with the Centre (250-285-3733) and found that it was out of service. I left at that point, as nobody showed up.

I later attended the tourist information centre located at the end of Harper Road near the credit union. I told a representative of the information centre about my experience and she indicated that Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre had been closed for more than a year. As a result of receiving that information, I did not return to the Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre for the balance of my stay.

Back in Ontario, I have gone onto the website for the Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre and located what is supposed to be a phone number, 250-914-8763. I called it and it is a fax number. There is also a fax number listed (250-285-3753). I dialed it and it is a phone number, but is not in service.

While I have no doubt that the Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre, when operational, is very impressive, it is at the opposite end of the spectrum when tourists have no indication that it is closed indefinitely.

My suggestion to other tourists is to attend the tourist information centre before going to the Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre. There may be an update as to the status of the Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre. That's better than not knowing if the "back at 10:30 am" sign refers to the year 2019.
Written June 27, 2019
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Stefanie V
15 contributions
Now called Nuyumbalees Cultural Center; Don't miss it!
Jul. 2018 • Friends
View and learn about beautiful repatriated ceremonial masks and other First Nation art and cultural treasures. Cute small gift shop. At the moment, they seem to have long-weekend-like hours so call a day or two in advance to make sure they are open. Very worth a visit!
Written July 24, 2018
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Nicolas D
Paris, France12 contributions
Closed until June 2018
May 2018 • Couples
A very nice museum!
We were lucky to be allowed inside and see the potlash masks, but we were told that the museum is closed at least until June 2018. Check before travelling there.
Written May 8, 2018
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