Port Hardy Museum & Archives

Port Hardy Museum & Archives

Port Hardy Museum & Archives
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10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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The Port Hardy Museum & Archives exhibits aboriginal artifacts, early settler’s effects, natural history materials, and local industrial equipment. Newspapers, maps, school records, photographs, personal histories, and institutional records are preserved in the archives. Aboriginal art and jewelry , local crafts, postcards and souvenirs are available in the Museum Gift Shop. The museum operated by the non-profit Port Hardy Heritage Society. Admission is by donation.
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1-2 hours
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tony l
Vancouver, Canada2,949 contributions
Very small museum , but airy ,comfortable atmosphere , great eye opening for the history and heritage to learn which the early settlers , aboriginal artifacts , grift shop have some very unique Native art and hand crafted grift , lady at the front very friendly , admission is by donation .
Written June 3, 2022
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Digital Wrath
Campbell River, Canada3 contributions
Great collection of local history in a small space. Love the gift shop, had some great First Nations art of various types.

Very cool historical records of life in Port Hardy and the surrounding areas from 100+ years ago.
Written August 23, 2020
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Thank you for letting us know you enjoyed your experience. Thrilled that you were pleased with the selection of items available in the gift shop! This area has some fascinating history. We are glad you enjoyed learning about the early days on the north Island.
Written September 4, 2020
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Canucksontheloose
Victoria, Canada638 contributions
It’s a small space but the displays are crammed with artifacts representing unique historical moments like the first settlers and local industry. Admission is by donation and during these Covid times, only 3 people max or one family inside. Hand sanitizer and gloves at the entrance. We found the gift shop especially good — I purchased an Indigenous-designed blanket at Victoria’s Royal BC Museum and the same item here was 25% less in cost! The museum may be closed at lunchtime so keep that in mind. If you are very much a museum person who likes to read, I’d give it an hour. Very old-school as there are no interactive displays that I could see, but this could be due to Covid.
Written August 21, 2020
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Thank you for visiting. We have a small but mighty team that staffs the museum and gift shop so there is a one hour closure, from noon to 1 PM, over the lunch hour on days we are open (Tues to Sat). Our team does an amazing job sourcing items for the gift shop and carries work by local Indigenous artists when available. So glad you enjoyed!
Written September 4, 2020
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Jason F
Brackendale, Canada100 contributions
Couples
This was a very interesting and educational visit. The gift shop was really nice and very reasonably priced. It was a great place to stop.
Written July 22, 2020
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Thank you for your note. So glad to hear you enjoyed your visit!
Written August 2, 2020
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Liz P
Leeds, UK472 contributions
This is a small museum but worth a visit if in Port Hardy. The shop is excellent and nice to browse in for locally made bits and bobs.
Written September 3, 2019
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MT1
Aurora, CO1,153 contributions
We visited this small museum while going through Port Hardy. There are some nice displays of historical items of interest, educational info, etc and it is free, donations accepted. There are some nice local craft type items for sale in the gift shop as well as the regular tourist type items. It is certainly worth a few minutes of your time if you are in Port Hardy.
Written August 25, 2019
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Chris D
New Westminster, Canada3,025 contributions
Solo
I've seen a lot of museums in BC towns bigger than this that didn't have the interesting exhibits or motivated staff that I found here. Enjoyed the pre-historic stuff, the Utah mine, and especially the special presentation on Indigenous beading design.
Written June 5, 2019
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Sue779
Qualicum Beach, Canada102 contributions
Couples
Knowledgeable staff who answered questions about the history of the Utah Mine. It was obvious both members working there are passionat about local history which is great for visitors. A short time is all that is needed for this visit and you may be surprised at the number of available souvenir gift items.
Written October 9, 2018
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Brummie Andrew.
Vancouver Island, Canada146 contributions
Couples
Spent a pleasant 40 mins looking around the Museum and brought our first First Nations wood carving.
Written September 20, 2018
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mei700
London, UK340 contributions
Couples
Nice little museum - overview of the history of the area - and a lovely gift shop! Won’t take too much of your time, and worth a visit! :)
Written September 15, 2018
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PORT HARDY MUSEUM & ARCHIVES - 2022 What to Know BEFORE You Go

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Port Hardy Museum & Archives is open:
  • Tue - Sat 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Tue - Sat 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


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