President Mary Ellen Campbell in the Parksville Museum’s new courtyard. (Cloe Logan photo)

‘You’re sitting here looking at history’: Parksville Museum opens June 20

Facility has new pavilion and green space

The Parksville Museum is open again as of June 20 – complete with a new pavilion and green space.

The museum, which started in 1983, now has a gathering area surrounded by heritage buildings. The grounds are already open and president Mary Ellen Campbell said they’re encouraging people to come and check them out.

“What’s unique about coming to this space is that it’s a beautiful space, but you’re sitting here looking at history,” she said.

Vice-president Susan Wismer noted the museum is working towards rebranding themselves as a more dynamic space.

“Our vision was to create a community hub for the residents of Parksville, a place where residents and tourists alike could come and not only experience the history, but enjoy the grounds, have a picnic, have a coffee,” she said. “We’d love to see some musical performances in the courtyard, perhaps some artisan markets – the sky is the limit.”

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Board director Ron Woodward said they don’t have concrete plans for courtyard events yet, but that they’re open to ideas and suggestions from the community.

“The vision that emerged from the museum in the past few years is that it’s a community hub, it’s not a place that stores old stuff. It’s a place we can come and celebrate our past with the artifacts, the buildings, the archives,” he said. “Anybody can come and access those – they just have to make an appointment so that our volunteer archivists are here.”

Woodward said one thing that is certain, is that they have a special surprise in store for Parksville’s 75th birthday, with details coming out soon.

The by donation museum is open as of June 20, from Thursday to Sunday (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) at 1245 East Island Highway in Parksville. Their grounds and buildings are available for rent, you can call 250-248-6966 for more information.

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A new ‘industrial chandelier’ at the Parksville Museum, made from an old wagon wheel and saw blades. (Cloe Logan photo)

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