Protection Island Museum and Archives

Operated by the Protection Island Cultural Historical Society (PICHS)

Good news! The museum is open on Saturday and Sunday from 12 - 4 pm throughout the summer, except for Sunday, July 24, the day of the Bathtub Race, we will open from 10 am until 1 pm. For the month of July, we have an exhibit of art by three artists: Jean Compton, Denny Provost and Alison Watt. On August 6, we will open the exhibit "Protection Island Quilts". More details to follow.

Gift Shop
Our gift shop is a great place to buy gifts and souvenirs from Protection Island. All the items in it are the work of Islanders. We have cards, pottery, posters, t-shirts, tea towels, shopping bags, herbal teas and salves, art prints and other crafts, as well as our best-selling cookbook, The Island Cooks, and a selection of books and CDs produced by local authors and musicians.

About the Museum and Archives

Situated in the original lighthouse-keeper’s cottage, the Museum and Archives sits on Gallows Point, the southernmost spot on the island. It presents a permanent display of mining and social history, artifacts, photographs and maps as well as a comprehensive archive, which includes hundreds of documents related to Protection Island history. The cultural part of our title refers to our commitment to reflect and illuminate the talented inhabitants of our island by presenting their art, wisdom and various collections.

Past programs have included exhibits of crafts and antiques, lectures on native plants of Protection Island, Coast Salish weaving, bottle collecting, and activities such as nature and beach walks, book launches and musical happenings.

Please let us know if you have something to share.
We welcome your input. If you have an idea for an exhibit, a collection
you would like to share, or if you would like to volunteer in future,
Please call Heather Cooling or Rick Scott.

Contact us at PI Museum.


Our operating budget comes from our own fundraising efforts: sales of gift shop products, the annual PI Garden Tour and from donations from museum visitors.

Memberships in PICHS are $10 for individuals/ $15 for a family and are
available year-round.

The PICHS Board of Directors: Rick Scott (Curator), Heather Cooling (President), Cathy Tuominen (Vice-President), Mike Gillespie (Secretary), Brenda Henderson (Treasurer), Wendy Chandler (Gift Shop Coordinator), Jean Compton (Communications Director), Tauno Tuominen (Director).


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