The Alberni Valley Museum has a moratorium, or freeze, on the collection of artefacts in effect from now until September 30, 2018. This applies to objects only – the Museum will continue to collect photographs and the Alberni District Historical Society will continue to collect archival material. The moratorium will allow the museum to catch up on the backlog of donated objects; we need to process the objects, catalogue them and move them out to our Visible Storage galleries before we are able to collect new objects. If you’re interested in donating objects to the Museum, please hold off until the October. At that time you may forward photographs of the object in question, along with information on its history, its connection to the Alberni Valley, and any past owners, to the Collections Curator.

Remember that the Museum collects artefacts that have a clear connection to the Alberni Valley, and that do not already exist in our collection. An object with a clear connection is one that has a story – who used the object, and how it links to the story of the Valley. Please note that we already have ample collections of bottles, typewriters, sewing machines and cameras. Moratorium questions may be addressed to

Photograph Collection

The Alberni Valley Museum’s Historic Photograph Collection contains over 22,000 images (photographs, slides, negatives)
that document the history of the Alberni Valley and the Alberni Clayoquot Region. 
The collection can be viewed on-line here


The Alberni Valley Museum collection encompasses a wide range of objects related primarily to the history of  the Alberni Valley but also to the Alberni Clayoquot Region. First Nations artefacts range from historical  ethnographic material to present day art; of special note is our extensive collection of Nuu-Chah-Nulth basketry. Objects that support newcomers’ use and occupation of the Valley include pieces related to agriculture, trade,  industry, textiles, household use, recreation,local artisan work and social functions. 

Art Collection

Two dimensional artworks (paintings, drawings, prints) are available for viewing by appointment only. 
Although the collection mainly consists of works by artists who have called the Valley home, such as
George Clutesi and Mary Collinge, it also contains works painted in the Alberni Clayoquot Region by
visiting artists like Emily Carr and Arthur Lismer. 

Industrial Collection

The Museum’s collection of locomotives, logging trucks, rail cars, speeders, tractors and other industrial
pieces is stored off site.  Cared for by the volunteers of the Western Vancouver Island Industrial Heritage Society, the collection usually has limited viewing available during the summer months. The Society's facebook page can be accessed here


For more information, please contact
Kirsten Smith
Collections Curator

Alberni Valley Museum, 4255 Wallace Street
Port Alberni BC V9Y 3Y6