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Great little museum boasting Shawnigan Lake and island railroad history

A must stop museum with very engaging and knowledgable staff. I learned a lot about the local... read more

Reviewed August 31, 2020
Bernd B
History in the heart of Shawnigan Village

Love this little museum. This museum has a wonderful collection of Shawnigan history including... read more

Reviewed August 7, 2020
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Reviewed June 26, 2016

Great, family friendly museum in the heart of Shawnigan Village.
Loads of information on local history and the famous Kinsol Trestle.

Date of experience: April 2016
Thank Donna P
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Reviewed March 26, 2016 via mobile

Went to this museum 10mins before closing time but the operators were happy to have us take our time before they closed which was very nice of them. Lots of lovely old photos of shawnigan lake and interesting information from the friendly guides.

Date of experience: March 2016
Thank Janavp16
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Reviewed November 6, 2015

There are so many "memory" items in this museum. My neighbour at Shawnigan Lake started to make a doll house when she was in her 70's. It was all make to 1/4 scale and all done using her full size machines. It has so many items in the doll house that not all are displayed. Ask to see the others. This alone is a reason to visit this museum.

Date of experience: August 2015
Thank 143,863
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Reviewed September 27, 2015

My friend and I were getting sushi at Shawnigan Jen's and we decided instead of waiting in the car, we would take a look at the museum across the street...it had been years since the both of us had been there, do NOT let the exterior fool you, it is HUGE inside and even has a movie theatre with cool old movies for you to watch with history about Shawnigan etc...
Informative museum host/employee, told us alot of things we did not know, and the museum is by donation, by the way, which is nice.
We spent only 20 minutes in there and got 1/4 of the way through the exhibits...we are going back for sure...it closes at 4, but if you have kids, this is an interesting place to check out!
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Date of experience: September 2015
Thank Mother T
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Oarside, Manager at Shawnigan Lake Museum, responded to this reviewResponded November 2, 2015

Thank you for the kind words. We hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed September 9, 2015

I stay at Shawnigan Lake ever year, and every year I take a visit to the Shawnigan Lake Museum, which just keeps getting better. The relatively small building is packed with information and displays and interesting historical artifacts. I particularly liked the old general store, with all of its vintage paraphernalia.

Date of experience: July 2015
Thank silent_ibis
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Oarside, Manager at Shawnigan Lake Museum, responded to this reviewResponded November 2, 2015

Thank you for taking the time to review the museum. See you next year.

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