Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre

Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre

Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre
4.5

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Paulshappy
Courtenay, Canada4,157 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Couples
The Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre and Museum in Cape Mudge was our main reason for visiting Quadra Island and I can't say enough about their stunning collection of ancient masks and sacred regalia.
Several weeks ago we visited the U'mista Museum in Alert Bay where the other half of the repatriated collection is stored, and both museums are wonderful.
I really enjoyed the displays and reading about the history of the people and the area.
Photographs inside are strictly prohibited, but I was permitted to take a couple of photos of their gift shop. It is well stocked and you'll have no problems finding a souvenir. There are also many photo-ops outside. An unexpected bonus was a flat fee of $5 for off-season visitors, yet another reason to tour when the crowds are small.
Bring a picnic because right across the street is a new rest area complete with shelter, totems, petroglyphs, local vegetation and a waterfront location.
Highly recommended you visit both locations.
Cheers,
Paul
Written April 17, 2016
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PBN
Canada15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Jim P
Sidney, Canada152 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Couples
A variety of artifacts with excellent descriptions that provide one with a good understanding of Kwagiulth history and traditions. A strong reminder of this cultures former greatness and of the many struggles brought on by European influence. We have extensively travelled British Columbias coast by boat and visited many Native historical and current sites - this museum is one of the best. A visit here clearly demonstrates pride in their culture and history. The quality of artifacts and helpful, friendly attitude of staff make this a must destination when in the Campbell River/Quadra Is. area.
Written June 25, 2017
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weinholler
Berlin, Germany61 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Disappointing Place! We have been here during business hours of operation. It was closed. Asking a neighbor revealed the fact that there not really a person that does take care of the place. It all looks very run down. The only highlight is the old stone infringe of the building.
Written July 6, 2023
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RTGJ
Hamilton, Canada70 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Denis T
Vancouver Island, Canada137 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2013 • Solo
What I learned about Canadian coastal Indians and the destruction of an ancient culture was far more than I would have imagined. The artifacts (and stories behind them) really need to be seen firsthand to be appreciated, and this is a fantastic collection to say the least.
Written December 28, 2013
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Laura H
Klamath Falls, Oregon, United States9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Couples
It was off season & we had a private intro to the museum from the curator. Impressive collection of native artifacts which they are trying to expand as they reclaim "stolen" pieces from museums & collectors around the world.
Written October 17, 2013
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Tom V
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada240 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2013 • Family
Visiting a museum is not for everyone, but it should be. Of the 5 in our party, 2 were very interested. To us this was a living museum, and as the name states, also a cultural centre. The young lady working there was very knowledgeable. She easily explained the difference between the names native, Indian aboriginal, First Nation as well as how the written language emerged. The centres lay out explained in easy to understand displays, the history and culture of the early natives of the area. This is a must visit when going to Quadra
Written September 22, 2013
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Innsenroute
Victoria, Canada12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
A lovely little museum with a fascinating collection of indigenous artifacts. Well worth a visit. A place to learn more about how the peoples of the area dealt with colonialism - an unusual approach.
Written September 9, 2022
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Claude H
Surrey, Canada21 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 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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