We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Courtenay & District Museum & Paleontology Centre

Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: 207 4th St, Courtenay, British Columbia V9N 1G7, Canada
Phone Number:
+1 250-334-0686

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 56 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 32
  • 18
    Very good
  • 4
  • 1
  • 0
Courtenay museum

The main thrust is the palaeontology section with our very own elasmasaur, found right at the convergence of the 2 rivers running thru our town. I have taken my Gr 7 students... read more

Reviewed 14 March 2017
Roberta L
Courtenay, Canada
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

56 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 55: English reviews
Courtenay, Canada
Level Contributor
12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

The main thrust is the palaeontology section with our very own elasmasaur, found right at the convergence of the 2 rivers running thru our town. I have taken my Gr 7 students (13 year olds) many times to the museum and to the hands on archeological field trip. It is awesome, worthwhile, and educational. Staff are knowledgeable and interesting. Very... More 

Thank Roberta L
Royston, Canada
Level Contributor
22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 December 2016

This museum is a real find. It is not huge but is one of the best museums I have visited. The elasmosaur is amazing, great exhibits, extremely interesting. Staff was very friendly and informative. Make sure you check out Slugzilla the lungfish! Will be booking one of there famous fossil tours next summer

Thank gicm60
miles city, United States
Level Contributor
52 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 December 2016

The Elasmosaur is fantastic and was found locally in the river bank b the brother of the museum director . This is truly an outstanding little museum with many other informative displays . Children and adults will find item of interest . I spent about 1 1/2 hors here and could easily go back a few times a year .... More 

Thank James Y
Harrogate, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
99 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2016

A great little find and easy to find off the main highway. Small, but full of interesting exhibits including a huge elasmosaur skeleton found locally. Many beautiful other fossils and casts. I didn't get chance to try out their fossil tours but they are clearly worth the effort. Free parking nearby. The museum is on the north end of town... More 

Thank BelisariusUK
Victoria Capital Regional District, Canada
Level Contributor
27 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 August 2016

We had planned to visit the Museum when we booked our trip to Courtenay and I'm glad we didn't miss it! Very interesting mix of natural history and human history. I would definitely go back.

Thank kitkitcaroo
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

This is a little local museum-if you're expecting full size dinos don't come here. The palaeontology museum is built around an elasmosaurus fossil that was found in the valley. It's informative and worth a visit if nearby. But the fossil tour elevates this place to being worth a detour. It includes a guided visit to the museum with Pat, the... More 

Thank Ruth T
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 July 2016

Museum is pretty good. Remember to join the fossil tour and hike through the river to find fossil. You can get to keep them which is pretty cool.

Thank Alex F
Vancouver, Canada
Level Contributor
131 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 June 2016 via mobile

We rerouted via Courtenay because our son really HAD to see a dinosaur that day. This museum doesn't really have a dinosaur and doesn't really deserve the qualification "museum". You see a few copies of fossils but most of it is not very remarkable. Our kids were very disappointed. Would not recommend this to anyone.

1 Thank F C
Nanaimo, Canada
Level Contributor
66 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 May 2016

An interesting museum with a lot of native art items. The paleontology Centre has some very nice collection. No entrance fee, but donations are welcome. Parking is available.

Thank Gilles C
Stoney Creek, Canada
Level Contributor
29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 April 2016

I was here visiting family in British Columbia and we were looking for things to do. This is good for the whole family.

1 Thank Jana J

Travellers who viewed Courtenay & District Museum & Paleontology Centre also viewed

Victoria, Victoria Capital Regional District
Sidney, Victoria Capital Regional District
Central Saanich, Victoria Capital Regional District

Been to Courtenay & District Museum & Paleontology Centre? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Courtenay & District Museum & Paleontology Centre and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Courtenay & District Museum & Paleontology Centre staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?