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Rose Spit - where the Hecate Strait meets Dixon Entrance - Photo: Owen Perry

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Dixon Entrance Maritime Museum (Masset)

The Dixon Entrance Maritime Museum is located in the original Masset hospital building (built in 1914) at end of the main street in the Village of Masset. The museum, although not prominently situated, is worth seeking out and losing oneself in the inspiring historical collections.


Photo Credit: Haida Gwaii Photos

Upon entering the museum, I was struck by the friendliness of the manager providing a tour and an overview of the historical displays. The museum wasn't even open and yet we were welcomed in and made to feel right at home! I don't think you'll see that in many places.

The museum houses an impressive collection of artifacts, photographs and models of wooden fish boats from the Masset and Old Massett fishing fleet and related local fishing industries such as shipbuilding, whaling stations and crab and clam canneries.  

Photo Credit: Haida Gwaii Photos

I was fascinated by the collection of photographs and articles documenting the history of the ships providing freight and passenger service to the islands from 1940 to 1976 (Union Steamship Co. and Northland Navigation Co.) and later replaced by BC Ferries in 1980.

The museum also features displays of military history, a section dedicated to medical equipment and photographs of the medical pioneers of 1914 and a collection of artifacts and photographs from the early 1800s capturing the story of another time in our history.


Photo Credit: Haida Gwaii Photos

Throughout the summer months, the museum gallery is host to exhibits of local artisans.

Museum hours of operation:

June 6-Sept 6: 1pm - 5pm

April – June: Weekends 2pm - 4pm

Phone: (250) 626-6066


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Sandspit Visitor Centre

email: | telephone: 250.637.5362

Port Clements Visitor Centre

email: | telephone: 250-557-4576

Masset Visitor Centre

email: | telephone: 250-626-3982

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