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Address: 1775 Shawnigan - Mill Bay Road, Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia V0R 2W0, Canada
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+1 250-743-8675
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Thu - Sun 11:30 - 16:00
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Visit this 'big' museum in the small village of Shawnigan Lake - it's...

Visit this 'big' museum in the small village of Shawnigan Lake - it's guaranteed to surprise you. For over thirty years, the museum has celebrated the history and the people of Shawnigan Lake (and surrounding area). Drop in for extensive information on the spectacular Kinsol Trestle; renowned Canadian artist EJ Hughes; the true Canadian Last Spike and many other significant history-bites.

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TEENSY MUSEUM WITH SOME BIG TREASURES

This tiny museum is absolutely packed cheek-to-jowl with artifacts without seeming cluttered. The locally significant displays start right inside the door an continue in a small... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 August 2016
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Nanaimo, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

Small museum with alot of interesting artifacts. Local history presented very well. Photos, stories etc. The curator was also greatly helpful.

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Thank Jim S
Nanaimo, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

This tiny museum is absolutely packed cheek-to-jowl with artifacts without seeming cluttered. The locally significant displays start right inside the door an continue in a small circular tour with a couple of minute rooms offside that feature special exhibits. The specific treasures I noted are a Beryl Cryer original book (Cryer lived for a time in Shawnigan Lake) and pencil... More 

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Shawnigan Lake, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

If you want to know the history of the local area, just ask the volunteers. They are so helpful. My questions about the quarry and the original highway routing were answered brilliantly.

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1 Thank pauldi2015
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016

If you don't visit this museum you're missing out. What a place, possibly the most well displayed museum I have ever been to. Great work by all the volunteers who make this place the jewel of Shawnigan

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Thank Russell R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016

Great, family friendly museum in the heart of Shawnigan Village. Loads of information on local history and the famous Kinsol Trestle.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2016 via mobile

Went to this museum 10mins before closing time but the operators were happy to have us take our time before they closed which was very nice of them. Lots of lovely old photos of shawnigan lake and interesting information from the friendly guides.

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Thank Janavp16
Shawnigan Lake, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2015

There are so many "memory" items in this museum. My neighbour at Shawnigan Lake started to make a doll house when she was in her 70's. It was all make to 1/4 scale and all done using her full size machines. It has so many items in the doll house that not all are displayed. Ask to see the others.... More 

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Tofino, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2015

My friend and I were getting sushi at Shawnigan Jen's and we decided instead of waiting in the car, we would take a look at the museum across the street...it had been years since the both of us had been there, do NOT let the exterior fool you, it is HUGE inside and even has a movie theatre with cool... More 

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Oarside, Manager at Shawnigan Lake Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind words. We hope to see you again soon! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2015

I stay at Shawnigan Lake ever year, and every year I take a visit to the Shawnigan Lake Museum, which just keeps getting better. The relatively small building is packed with information and displays and interesting historical artifacts. I particularly liked the old general store, with all of its vintage paraphernalia.

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Oarside, Manager at Shawnigan Lake Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review the museum. See you next year. More 

Kelowna, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2015

small local museum packed with local history and curiosities free of charge but donations accepted. Well organized with local staff eager to explain local history and sites

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