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

Juno-nominated Indigenous hip-hop duo to play in Port Alberni

Snotty Nose Rez Kids will be at the Kingsway Pub on Saturday, Feb. 23

Coldest Night of the Year event brings attention to plight of the homeless

Port Alberni teams prepare to walk one of three routes and raise funds too

Alberni Armada girls a surprise contender at Vancouver Island high school basketball championships

The Alberni Armada senior girls’ basketball team is going somewhere they never… Continue reading

Alberni Curling Club hosts 66th annual men’s bonspiel

Curlers will compete in four events Feb. 15–17

Arrowsmith Rotary seeking artist proposals for mural near Harbour Quay

Mural project will be based on the theme of reconciliation

VIDEO: Canada’s flag turns 54 today

The maple leaf design by George Stanley made its first appearance Feb. 15, 1965

Flying squirrels found to glow pink in the dark, including two from B.C.

Squirrels from Hope and Abbotsford were included in the biologists’ database

Ontario police field complaints over Amber Alert for missing girl, 11, found dead

Some said the Amber Alert issued late Thursday for Riya Rajkumar disrupted their sleep

Names keep adding to vaccine petition started by B.C. mom

Maple Ridge mom started campaign to make vaccination a condition of attending school

Northern B.C. First Nation clan says ancient tools found at pipeline work site

Archeologists from the Smithsonian Institute estimate one of the stones found dates back up to 3500 years

Wilson-Raybould resignation stokes anger, frustration within veterans community

Liberals have had three veterans-affairs ministers — Kent Hehr, Seamus O’Regan and Wilson-Raybould

No Center of Gravity festival in Kelowna this summer: organizers

COG organizers said the hope is to return to the Okanagan in 2020

Eight cases of measles confirmed in Vancouver outbreak

Coastal Health official say the cases stem from the French-language Ecole Jules Verne Secondary

Most Read