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Chemainus Valley Museum expansion opens

Congratulations to the Chemainus Valley Historical Society and partners on Saturday’s grand opening of the newly expanded Chemainus Valley Museum!

The museum, located beside Waterwheel Park in downtown Chemainus, now boasts twice the display space and twice storage space for its collection of exclusively donated items.

The new addition features a bright, airy display space packed with locally significant items — including the enormous Chemainus Steam Whistle, a 1920s time clock, an array of artifacts from the local logging industry, and cabinets of First Nations items. There is also an expanded gift shop and an audio-visual area.

The original museum space, dating to 1991, was also renovated during the project, says Amy Brophy, president of the Chemainus Valley Historical Society. That area now features an open floor plan that enhances display capabilities and compliments new space.

The Chemainus Valley Museum welcomes over 20,000 visitors each year, said Brophy.

Brophy emphasized that the project could not have taken place without key partners, including the Municipality of North Cowichan, MacMillan Bloedel, the Chemainus Fire Department, the Penelakut Tribe, and a host of dedicated volunteers.

The grand opening took place on the 28th anniversary of the original museum’s opening on August 17, 1991.