Bulkley Valley Museum
Bulkley Valley Museum
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
About
Explore the natural and human history of Smithers and the surrounding Bulkley Valley at the Bulkley Valley Museum! Located in the historic Central Park Building, the Museum features engaging and informative temporary and permanent displays on local history and culture, including Driftwood Canyon fossils, Witsuwit'en (Wet'suwet'en) history, and the the mystery of the American B-36 bomber that crashed in the mountains near Hazelton. Explore the streets of Smithers with our free historical walking tour brochure. Kids can enjoy our scavenger hunt activity. The Museum is fully accessible, has ample on-site parking for RVs, and a gender-neutral accessible washroom.
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Teresa H
Texada Island, Canada6,449 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
A most impressive Museum and art gallery in a Heritage Building. Neat train car outside (radio station not open to public) and next to the Visitors Information Centre.
The displays are all being updated and are impressive. In the same building there is an art gallery that changes displays every 4-5 weeks. When we were there it was on the Fall Fair. There is a small gift shop in the Museum and one in the Art Gallery selling locally crafted items, reasonably priced, very unique.
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Written August 22, 2019
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Thank you so much for your review Theresa! We're glad that you enjoyed the Fall Fair display.
Written September 8, 2020
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Maurizio3030
Cairo, Egypt1,544 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
We were visiting and walking through the town on a Saturday am and we came across the farmers market which had lots of neat things and local meats and vegetables. There was a piano for people to play and the museum and art gallery in a heritage building it was perfect.
Written August 4, 2018
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gjsamson
Alberta, Canada702 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Couples
This is a very nice museum for a small town. The staff are there to answer any questions you may have. The displays are well done.
Written August 8, 2017
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Philip6262
Singapore93 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Couples
This is what all small museums should be -- it's only a few rooms in the old courthouse, but carefully curated. You get a sense of the conflicts that took place in the town's creation, the dispossession of native peoples, and also -- through an exhibition of ephemera -- a sense of everyday life in Smithers over the years. And I found out the Bulkley Valley's claim to world fame -- the invention of the egg carton! I'd urge all TripAdvisor uses to go, and give a small donation to these guys so they can carry on their good work. The museum is just next to the Visitor Information Centre, which is a great resource. I'd recommend half an hour's stop here to gain knowledge of the town's history.
Written July 4, 2017
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Thank you so much for your thoughtful review! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed the exhibits, and your appreciation for the work that went into creating the displays made our staff smile.
Written August 17, 2017
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Klaus or Shirle... M
Parksville, Canada25 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Solo
Very knowledgeable staff. Good Location.Good archives. They organize an annual walking tour of historic buildings in Smithers BC.
Written April 18, 2017
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Jimbo999186402
Forden, UK143 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Couples
Really interesting place to visit. Staff were helpful and very well informed. The exhibits and the history of the town are well worth a visit.
Written July 3, 2016
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Wewilling7
Smithers81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Family
This is a great place to go if you want to learn about the Smithers and area history. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable. Artifacts are well displayed. They even had a game the kids played to learn about the area.
Written August 15, 2015
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maryfinch
Smithers, Canada17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Couples
Unfortunately this museum has very little space to display all that it has. Many things are stored away somewhere. It is interesting as it is but is missing much of the history of the valley because of lack of space.
Written February 19, 2015
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Hi Mary, thanks for your comments! We have been taking steps to respond to visitor feedback by ensuring that with each new exhibit we maximize the artifacts and archival materials on display (while still balancing the need for space for a school group to visit, and accessibility for patrons with mobility issues!). To share more of the artifacts that we have in storage, we have a new website called "Collections Online" where we have over 700 artifacts photographed. Our goal is to eventually have all of our artifacts available to the public online.
Written April 13, 2017
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wmcduff
Prince Rupert, Canada73 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Solo
There was some neat things when I was here: things about European settlement; the First Nations of the area; a local inventor who created the egg carton and the club, among other things; and a mysterious post-war plane crash that the US military still won't talk about.

The people working there were personable and friendly (I was still on my first mocha, so maybe a bit too friendly for me that early) as well as knowledgable. Some neat local things in their store as well. Admittance is by donation, I tossed $5 in, bought a postcard, and signed the guest book. Certainly worth a bit of time, and it's very central, so why not?
Written June 29, 2014
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Char D
Smithers, Canada21 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Love museums and this one is the same as many other small town museums. Still interesting to walk through, but nothing spectacular...
Written May 1, 2013
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