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Posted on Jul 19, 2012 in What to do, what to see? In Port Alberni, BC

Collect stamps at centennial exhibits at museum, art centre, maritime centre

Alyson McAndrews, Alberni Valley Times

Published: Friday, July 06, 2012

How many centennial exhibits have you visited? The cultural institutions in town think if you haven’t made it to all of them, you are missing out.

The Alberni Valley Museum, the Maritime Discovery Centre, the Rollin Art Centre and the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce have teamed up to create a passport program that takes participants on a journey through the city with stops at each place.

A stamp is awarded at each stop. When all three have been collected, participants trade in their passport for a centennial pin, provided by the Chamber.

“It’s a fun way to encourage people to get out and explore our exhibits that are special for the centennial,” said Shelley Harding, education curator at the museum.
The museum’s display, Twin Cities Turn 100, launched in April and gives visitors a good idea of what life was like in the twin cities back around 1912, Harding said.

The Rollin Art exhibit is called Centennial Inspirations. Aptly named because artists randomly drew envelopes with pictures of Port Alberni from 1912 and created art inspired by the photos.

Port Alberni Harbour 1912 is a look at what the harbour was like around that time. It opened last week at the Maritime Discovery Centre.

It is also a great way to occupy the children while school is out, and have them learn something about their community, Harding said.

The passport cards can be picked up at any of the locations, as well as the Tourist Information Centre on the Alberni Highway.

Hours are as follows:

The Rollin Art Centre: Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Alberni Valley Museum: Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Maritime Discovery Centre: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Sept. 1.


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