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

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...
A unique collection of fossils gathered from the coast of B.C. is on permanent display on the Museum porch. These excellent specimens were collected and documented by Christian Gronau and Aileen...

News & Events

It’s BC Heritage Week (Feb 19-25), and the Museum invites you to share your home’s...
2024 Summer Jobs at the Museum and Wild Cortes
Great summer jobs at the Museum and Wild Cortes!
Literary Afternoon – Sunday, February 25
We would like to invite you to the 3rd Literary Afternoon of the winter season...
Valentine’s Day Events – Thank You!
Thank you to the writers, readers, creators, and listeners who celebrated Valentine's Day in our...
Valentine’s Day Events – February 11 and 14
LOVE LETTERS OF CORTES – a two-part series Sunday, February 11, 1 to 4 p.m....
Literary Afternoon – Sunday, January 28
We are pleased to announce the readers for the Literary Afternoon on Sunday, January 28,...