Haida Heritage Centre at Kay Llnagaay

Haida Heritage Centre at Kay Llnagaay

Haida Heritage Centre at Kay Llnagaay
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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
About
Through the Haida Heritage Centre at Kay Llnagaay we celebrate the living culture of the Haida. Through our language, art and stories we share our relationship with the land and sea that which shapes, nourishes and sustains us. Kay Llnagaay protects and fosters Haida culture by reaffirming our traditions and beliefs, encouraging artistic expression, and serving as a keeper of all that we are. Kay Llnagaay is a place for the Haida voice to be heard. The Haida Gwaii Museum opened in 1976 and continues to build an international reputation for showcasing Haida historical and contemporary art, All-Island artists and an outstanding collection of objects, artifacts and scientific material culture. The Museum is committed to encouraging and facilitating creative dialogue and exploring a more holistic and critical view of the multiple and diverse ways of understanding Haida Gwaii — home to one of the most prominent Northwest Coast First Nations cultures (Haida), and rich ecosystems in Canada.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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rufusrastus
El Cerrito, CA17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
...and I saw this as a museum lover, and former spouse of a museum professional. Especially good on the geology, botany, and anthropology of the archipelago. We extended our trip a day, and rode dodgy bikes from Sandpit to Aliford Bay, and from the ferry landing to the museum just to see this and we Are Not Sorry! One of the highlights of our trip. Leave time to see the outdoor exhibits - the carving shed and the canoe. The Co-Op just up the road is your best lunch option, as there was not a lease holder for the nice catering space at the museum when we were there. Gift shop is well stocked with items of local interest, including work by local artisans.
Written September 28, 2022
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Loretta D
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Went on a WElls Gray Tour and stopped here . Looked wonderful but we were hurried through everything, told we would get a chance later to view, but that didn't happen. Was unable to take pictures so we could read the exhibitions later.
The guides were knowledgeable but again, they were rushed by our tour director.
Written August 21, 2022
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Brummie Andrew.
Vancouver Island, Canada149 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
I was surprised how quiet the center was when we were visiting on a Saturday because during the week the parking lot was very busy, glad it wasn't so busy when we went.
Written December 30, 2019
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Kintasays
Quakertown, PA245 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
If you want to get a sense of what the Haida culture was like, be sure to visit the Heritage Center. There are amazing artifacts in the museum and the totems are stunning. You'll learn all about totems and the different reasons for why they are built. A amazing cultural experience
Written September 25, 2019
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TerryH
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
A unique museum that is actually run by the people whose art and traditions it showcases! Friendly and knowledgeable staff, beautiful exhibits and great outdoor area, plus a tantalizing gift shop!
Written September 17, 2019
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mbw56
Canada95 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
We always visit Haida Heritage Centre when we come to the island. Specifically to poke around the gift shop, and check out their temporary installation. This time, while there was a small guided tour in progress, the place was almost deserted. We decided to check out what was on the menu and grab some takeaway and to our astonishment, the Kay Bistro sat abandoned, looking forlorn. A hand written note advised that buying pop and water was on the honour system, and give the money to the gift shop.

After an interesting stroll around the canoes we ended up in the lobby where a local artist was working and displaying her paintings. It turned out we had a lot in common, so our visit was not lost. She advised that the entrepreneur who ran Kay Bistro now had an establishment in Queen Charlotte called Blacktail. We went there for dinner, and I wrote a separate review of that experience.

I note that some reviewers say that "it's Haida Gwaii", and one should basically lower ones travel expectations. In my view that is a cop-out. If you are in the hospitality and restaurant business, you ought to be there because you love people, you love good food, and enjoy making us happy.

I do hope that an enterprising and hospitable chef takes on the challenge of Kay Bistro, including First Host training for the staff.
Written August 24, 2019
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sfp58
Coquitlam, Canada181 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
This museum has an open air part with several fascinating Totem Poles (it’s well worth taking the Totem Pole Tour to hear the stories.) it also has an indoor section with several exhibits and a temporary exhibit space. Finally there is a shed with some canoes. It’s a great place to learn about the Haida and Haida Gwaii. The Haida guides are knowledgeable and patient with your questions. A must visit when you’re on Haida Gwaii, it takes at least a couple of hours to see everything. There are several different tours offered at various times. The café is closed just now, but there is a nice little gift shop with a variety of local items for sale. Ample parking. The only cost is for entry; parking and the tours are included.
Written August 5, 2019
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twoscratchy
Culebra, Puerto Rico464 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
great place to visit for background. greast location
MOA in Vancouver has more items but this museum is local
Written July 22, 2019
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whistler4me
Victoria, Canada207 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Friends
Fantastic centre and super knowledgeable and friendly staff. Amazing knowledge base and willingness to share history, cultural and significance of items, totems, and canoes. Well worth a longer visit.
Written July 2, 2019
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gbmoneymatters
Nanaimo, Canada572 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Friends
A fantastic display and explanation of Haida Heritage and culture. Outstanding displays and fabulous facility and layout. There are always activities so worth calling ahead to find out times. Today they did an explanation of the 6 totems located on site. Was a great glimpse into Haida history. I would suggest starting here before going anywhere to give you an idea of the traditions and culture
Written June 28, 2019
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