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BC Museums Week

May 18th - 24th


What's it all about? Having conversations about Museums and the changing state of the museum industry as well as sharing shared histories.

What are we doing for Museums Week? We'll be open Thursday - Sunday 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. as usual. Be switching the British Columbia's War: 1914-1918 exhibit out for the Tofino Through Time exhibit (this one is reoccurring and always changing!).

What else? In conjunction with BC Museums Week, the Pacific Rim Arts Society is having a series of events to highlight Japanese Canadian cultural history on the west coast. Check out the post below for upcoming workshops and events!


Sakura: A Japanese Cultural Heritage Festival

Organized by the Pacific Rim Arts Society with participation from the Tofino Clayoquot Heritage Museum.

Canadian-Japanese Heritage Walking Tours

May 18, 19, 25, 26  2019

10 a.m. Leaving from the Tofino Clayoquot Heritage Museum at 331 Main Street (Below the Legion).

Participation by donation (Don't have cash? Share a favourite history tidbit or help us spread the word about the tours.).

Duration: about 45 minutes - 1hr

Theme: In the early 1920s over 90 Japanese-Canadian families moved to Bamfield, Ucluelet, Tofino, and various locations in between. They were mostly coming for fishing and became a huge part of the local communities. In 1942 over 22 000 Canadians of Japanese descent were forcibly removed from their coastal homes and referred to as "enemy aliens." We'll learn about the negative and the joyous chapters of local history on this tour as part of the Sakura Cultural Heritage Festival organized by the Pacific Rim Arts Society from May 18-June 1.

The Blessing of the Fleet 

Monday March 18, 2019 

0900h – Shallow draft vessels to form up off south side of Arnet island   and proceed around Strawberry Island.

Deeper draft vessels to join fleet when convenient on Tofino waterfront.

Fleet to proceed to First Street dock and stand-off.


0940h – Fleet disperse.


Guest Curator Talk - Vargas Island ranchers at home and at war

If you missed this talk, drop by the museum to see the printed version, or read about it in this Westerly article. 

Thursday March 21, 2019 

6:30 p.m. Museum open

7:00 p.m. Legion doors open

Join us for an evening of history, entertainment, and refreshments. Guest curator  of Vargas Island ranchers at home and at war Stephanie Ann Warner will share fascinating, tragic, and funny details of the pioneers of Vargas Island who fought oversees in WWI and who they left behind. 

No registration required.