Main Gallery

Our main gallery features exhibits pertaining to the social and natural histories of Cortes Island and its surrounding waters change annually.  Each year new exhibits focus on particular aspects of history so there is always something new and interesting to entice visitors to return.  Major exhibits are held over.  Some exhibits remain permanent to provide a complete history of Cortes Island.  

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Our brand new (July 1, 2019) Welcome Gate helps keep the deer out, while warmly inviting visitors to come on in. The gate is dedicated to Lynne & Joe Jordan in recognition of their generous volunteer commitment to the Cortes Island Museum & Archives.

We have launched two new exhibits in 2019: That Was Then / This Is Now and Curiouser & Curiouser

For more information – call the Museum at 250-935-6340 or email us at

Everyone is welcome!

Visitors’ Comments 

Curiouser & Curiouser


There is too much in the world to see in just one lifetime – let alone comprehend. December 8, 2018

Congratulations all who put it together. Margaret Day, Salt Spring Island

Wild Cortes

Wild Cortes: a natural history exhibition opened in 2018 at Linnaea Farm Education Centre, 1255 Seaford Road.  

Our regular summer hours are Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. until the end of August, and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the off-season. Some additional pop-up hours are advertised on Tideline, also on our website home page.

Currently, during the winter of 2019/2020, the exhibit is open for special events and booked tours only. Please contact the Museum at 250-935-6430 to book your tour.

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