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The Haida Gwaii Museum opened in 1976 and continues to build an international reputation for showcasing Haida historical and contemporary art, All-Island artists and an outstanding collection of objects, artifacts and scientific material culture. The Museum is committed to encouraging and facilitating creative dialogue and exploring a more holistic and critical view of the multiple and diverse ways of understanding Haida Gwaii — home to one of the most prominent Northwest Coast First Nations cultures (Haida), and rich ecosystems in Canada.
The Haida Gwaii archipelago of northwest British Columbia is home to one of the most prominent Northwest Coast First Nations cultures (Haida), and one of the most complex and rich ecosystems in Canada. The Haida Gwaii Museum opened in 1976 to showcase Haida historical and contemporary art, island artists and the museum’s outstanding collection of objects, artifacts and scientific material culture. In its 40-year history, the Haida Gwaii Museum has garnered an international reputation for its outstanding collection of historical and contemporary Haida art, archives and exhibits. In addition to our permanent galleries, the museum also provides public programs on Haida Gwaii, including hosting an annual schedule of temporary art exhibits and workshops, sponsoring community-driven and academic research, and offering educational programs.
The Haida Gwai Museum is committed to using art as a means of facilitating creative dialogue that encourages a holistic and critical exploration of the multiple, diverse ways to understand Haida Gwaii. As the only cultural facility on Haida Gwaii designated as a category ”A” museum (and only one of 12 museums in BC with this designation) we are enabled to bring the work of regional, national and international artists to this isolated community. In this way, the museum serves the population of Haida Gwaii and is both a regional and community museum where the rich and diverse stories of Haida Gwaii are kept and told for people of today, as well as for future generations.
Our two temporary spaces are equipped with a modular exhibit system designed to present temporary art exhibitions and/or traveling exhibitions.
The Permanent Galleries feature a world-class collection of Haida art from the late 1700s to today, including the works of Bill Reid, Robert Davidson, James Hart, Isabel Rorick, Evelyn Vanderhoop, Charles Edenshaw, and many other talented artists.