Welcome to the Cortes Island Museum & Archives

The Cortes Island Museum & Archives is a place to reflect on the rich social and natural history of Cortes Island, imagine what it was like “back then” and celebrate with us this extraordinary place we call home.



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Summer Hours

Cortes Island Museum

Our gallery on 957 Beasley Road is now open at summer hours until September 15, Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

We are home to a Visitor/Tourist Information Booth. Information items and brochures are available any time on the outside wall.

This is your last chance to see our feature exhibit, Judith Williams’ Refuge Cove: Moving With the Tide, which will be replaced by a new exhibit mid-September.

This exhibition fills the Doreen Thompson gallery and showcases iconic paintings by Judith Williams, archival photographs, diaries, and videotaped conversations with some of the ‘Cove residents. 

Our temporary gallery also contains several exhibits:

Curiosity Cabinets filled with mysterious natural history specimens and strange artifacts provides a sneak peek at Curiouser & Curiouser, part of an exhibition being assembled as part of the Museum’s 20th anniversary. Let us know if you have “curious” items you would like to contribute to the exhibit, or if you have a glass cabinet you would be willing to loan to the Museum this fall.

First Nations Exhibit – featuring stone implements, tools and baskets, is available for viewing in our workroom area.

Permanent Panels – information gleaned from previous displays add to the historical record of Cortes  Island and are available in our workroom area. 

Heritage Garden – Relax and enjoy the blooming scents of summer any time in our Heritage Garden. Picnic under the apple trees.



Wild Cortes at Linnaea Farm Education Centre

1255 Seaford Road,  open Friday and Saturday, noon to 4 p.m.
Wild Cortes, the Museum’s satellite exhibit and well-loved display of taxidermy curated by taxidermist Laurel Bohart, also includes selections from our past natural history exhibits.