The Cortes Museum & Archives is a community-led museum, offering year-round exhibitions and programs that explore the social, cultural and natural history of Cortes Island and the surrounding region. 

We invite visitors to reflect on this rich history, imagine past and future days, and celebrate this beautiful place we call home.

Admission is free with donations much appreciated.

Search our Online Archives, home to more than 4,000 digitized historical photos!

2024 Summer Jobs at the Museum and Wild Cortes


What's On

From the Ground Up: Cortes Island dwellings
From the Ground Up: Cortes Island dwellings and their histories  Exhibition opening Sunday, May 5,  from 1 to 4 p.m. The history of housing on Cortes Island is as storied...
Taxidermy A unique collection of taxidermy created by our curator Laurel Bohart. Part of Wild Cortes Natural History Centre. — curated by Laurel Bohart
The Mother Tree
The Cortes Wild! partnership invites everyone to celebrate forest with us with The Mother Tree exhibition. Bring the whole family! The exhibit opened on Earth Day, 22 April 2023. Top photo...

News & Events

Cortes Island Museum AGM – April 21
Cortes Island Museum & Archives Society Annual General Meeting Manson’s Hall, Sunday, April 21, 2024...
Bird Song & Breakfast Pie – April 21
Friends of Cortes Island invites you to join Corry Dow for a morning walk to...
2024 Events Coordinator The Cortes Island Museum & Archives is seeking an Events Coordinator who...
Mitlenatch Island–May 30
Mitlenatch Island Thursday, May 30, 2024 10 am – 5 pm, departing from the Cortes...
2024 Summer Jobs at the Museum and Wild Cortes
Great summer jobs at the Museum and Wild Cortes!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
This March 17 let’s celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with more than just drinking green beer!...