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U'mista Cultural Centre

#1 Front Street, Alert Bay, British Columbia VON 1A0, Canada
+1 250-974-5403
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On my bucket list and not disappointed

A beautiful, quaint, first class cultural centre. The masks are unbelievable. Leave lots of time... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Comox, Canada
via mobile

Just left the cultural centre. Amazing place full of interesting things to see. Very well put... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Daphne D
Vancouver Island, Canada
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U'mista Cultural Centre is one of the longest-operating and most successful First Nations cultural facilities in BC, founded in 1980 as a ground breaking project to house potlatch artifacts which had been seized by government during an earlier period of cultural repression. The return of the potlatch artifacts not only provided U'mista's name ('the return of something important'), and sparked a general trend toward repatriation of First Nations and cultural artifacts, it caused the creation of a physical facility and human resources infrastructure which have been successfully operated for over two decades.U'mista now operates a modern museum and cultural education facility in Alert Bay. Their operations include the museum, an extensive art gallery and gift shop, group tours, and presentations by dance troupes. The facility hosts international scholars, and supports researchers in a range of disciplines.
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#1 Front Street, Alert Bay, British Columbia VON 1A0, Canada
+1 250-974-5403
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A beautiful, quaint, first class cultural centre. The masks are unbelievable. Leave lots of time to read as there was no tour.

Thank DiscoverAndEnjoy
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Just left the cultural centre. Amazing place full of interesting things to see. Very well put together. A must place to go if in Alert Bay..

Thank Daphne D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A beautiful facility with a number of well-explained displays some rich and uplifting but some tragic and, I believe, no punches pulled. Other communities wishing to reclaim their own historical items for the purpose of displaying them locally should see what these folks have done....More

Thank jhsheep
Reviewed 19 February 2017

We actually went to the cultural center in August of 2015 after watching the Alert Bay 360. The whole experience is amazing. You feel very privileged to be a part of the cultural sharing of the indigenous people of this area. The dancing and story...More

Thank sarawhite
Reviewed 20 October 2016

After the 45 minute BC Ferry ride from Port McNeill, we landed on Cormorant Island. My wife and I walked down the “Oceanside Boardwalk” along Front Street of the Alert Bay Village. Twenty minutes later we arrived at the front door of the U’mista Cultural...More

4  Thank Ian N
Reviewed 15 October 2016

We had a wonderful experience at the U'mista Cultural Center. We were lucky to be able to join a tour and get the history behind some of the masks and other artifacts. We learned a lot about the First Nation.

1  Thank eckdish
Reviewed 13 October 2016

Based on a collection of work originally confiscated by mounties in the early 1900's the display of masks alone is well worth the visit

1  Thank Stephen C
Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

There is such a rich history here with a horrid past. The masks and snippets of traditional stories are unforgettable. The museum highlights Canadian history including the good and the bad. I unfortunately did not have the time to watch the movie on the residential...More

1  Thank Courtney B
Reviewed 28 September 2016

The Pot latch exhibit was truly impressive. The weaving areas was also fascinating. Reasonable price and well worth the few hours to go through the museum. Beautifil jewelry in gift shop, great stories throughout the museum.

1  Thank BusinessTrav999
Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

This is a wonderful Museum so much culture in one building the potlatch collection is very interesting

1  Thank Mike C
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