An early 20th century music box is on display at the Alberni Valley Museum. It is still in working condition, but because of the delicate hinges, the box is rarely opened. ELENA RARDON PHOTO

Alberni Valley Museum offering close-up look at artifacts

Heritage Week event lets the public choose their favourite artifacts

If you’ve ever wanted to touch a museum artifact, the Alberni Valley Museum is offering a one-night chance.

The Alberni Valley Museum follows the same mandate as most other museums: preserve and present. But, said collections curator Kirsten Smith, those two things are sometimes at odds with each other.

Due to the delicate nature of many artifacts, lighting in the museum must be kept dim and artifacts must remain behind glass, untouched.

“Sometimes you want a bit more,” said Smith.

During Heritage Week in the Alberni Valley, the museum will be pulling artifacts from behind the glass and allowing the public to take a rare, up close look at them. Visitors will have a chance to view—and touch—artifacts up close for a free event on Thursday, Feb. 22.

As an added bonus, the museum will be letting members of the public choose which artifacts they want to take a closer look at.

Visitors might have a particular family piece they would like to see again, or they might like to take a look at a piece of artwork that is currently in storage. Visitors can also feel free to explore the museum and find an artifact on display that interests them. “We thought we’d let people pick,” said Smith.

Some artifacts are simply too delicate or too heavy to move, but curators will try their best to get you up close to the object of your choice.

“We won’t be going crazy,” Smith said. “We’re still wearing gloves. We’ll still handle them carefully.”

Because of this, the special event is not recommended for children.

In order to select an artifact for the event, an application must be submitted. Applications are available at the museum and will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. The application must be submitted by Friday, Feb. 9 in order to give curators time to prepare to move artifacts.

If you don’t have anything specific in mind, you can still show up on Feb. 22 to examine and learn about the artifacts that other guests have chosen.

“We’ll have artifacts, regardless,” said Smith. “You can just come to be a part of it.”

elena.rardon@albernivalleynews.com

 

Alberni Valley Museum collections curator Kirsten Smith opens the lid to an early 20th century music box. This is one of the artifacts that will be available to view up close on Thursday, Feb. 22. ELENA RARDON PHOTO

Just Posted

Chaos and creativity reign at Alberni’s Rollin Art Centre

The next art exhibit at the Rollin Art Centre will be an… Continue reading

Alberni RCMP kept busy with 170 calls over May long weekend

Detachment answers calls from fatal vehicle crash to man with a gun, trailer thefts

Ucluelet shakes up emergency services, removes manager, eyes new sirens

District has eliminated Emergency and Environmental Manager position

Port Alberni’s Walk for Dog Guides has a new look, new route

Bosley’s comes on board as sponsor for May 27 event

Martin Mars waterbombers’ firefighting days are past: Coulson

The famed Martin Mars air tankers continue to draw interest from potential… Continue reading

VIDEO: After the floods, comes the cleanup as Grand Forks rebuilds

Business owners in downtown wonder how long it will take for things to go back to normal

PNE’s Summer Night Concerts by Village People, Lauper, Goo Goo Dolls, more

Mostly retro sounds at this year’s fair in Vancouver, starting Aug. 18

Notley to skip western premiers meeting today, but slams leader who’s there

Notley told reporters that B.C. Premier John Horgan is trying to shut down the Trans Mountain pipeline

No suitors emerge for pipeline project stake as Kinder Morgan deadline looms

Analysts and observers remain perplexed by Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s comment last week that “plenty of investors would be interested in taking on this project”.

Energy wells plugged as Hawaii’s volcano sends lava nearby

A spike in gas levels could prompt a mass evacuation in Hawaii

Trump seethes over Russia probe, calls for end to ‘SPYGATE’

“SPYGATE could be one of the biggest political scandals in history!” Trump said on Twitter

Grads receive BC Transit passes

BC Transit provides passes to graduating students in more than 50 communities

Philip Roth, fearless and celebrated author, dies at 85

Literary agent Andrew Wylie said Roth died Tuesday night of congestive heart failure.

Woman’s death near Tofino prompts warning about ‘unpredictable’ ocean

Ann Wittenberg was visiting Tofino for her daughter Victoria Emon’s wedding

Most Read