the museum's exhibit galleries, highlights of the region's
history and culture are presented through First Nations
artifacts, historic photographs, dioramas,
displays and scale models, depicting both momentous
occasions and the day to day life in the history of the
region. Fine items of clothing from the 18th century, weavings,
quiltings and carvings, pioneer artifacts,
displays of exploration, natural history, early schools,
churches, farming, forestry, mining for gold, and harvesting
the bounty from the sea - these items and more compete for
the attention of the beholder.
visitors will find the excitement of new displays each year.
It has been through the wonderful, continuing support of
families who have lived a part of the region's history,
that the museum has received continuing donations of artifacts
to enrich the museum's collections and ability to create
future exhibits. Generous contributions of financial support
have also assisted in enabling the museum to continue their
program of enhancement of the exhibit galleries.
the museum's grounds will invite the visitor to view
a series of outdoor exhibits, starting with the Polemaker's
Shack, an elongated portable cabin which housed
man and beast in the days when the polemaker and his
horse preceded the logger into the rainforest.
is the Lord Western Exhibit which illustrates
how an early cargo of pilings from Sooke, bound for
new wharf construction in San Francisco, came to rest
on the ocean floor at Sidney Inlet in November, 1853.
In addition to a sample of these pilings, exhibits
on the grounds show a round of Sitka spruce,
and a round with rings indicating more than one
thousand years of growth of a Douglas-fir.
is the blacksmith shop, which has volunteers on special
days demonstrating their craft; there is the donkey engine
yarder from the 1920s, and a pavilion showcasing an
array of machinery, a Model T Ford, equipment
used in farming, forestry, the fishtraps industry and general
pioneer living on the west coast.