About the Sointula Museum

Visit the Museum

  1. Spring Tea

Visit us for our annual Spring Tea and the formal opening of the ‘Before the Finns’ exhibit on Sunday, May (TBA), 2019 from 2:00 to 4:00pm. See our Spring Tea event on Facebook for more information.

  1. Open

Friday, May 15 to Sunday, September 27, 2020.  Open daily, 12 noon to 4:00pm

All other times of the year, by appointment. Please call or text Kathy at +1 250-230-9650 to arrange your visit.

  1. Suggested Admission

Admission to the museum is by donation (suggested minimum amount is C$5.00 per person.)

Our museum relies solely on your generous donations, book sales and our wonderful volunteers to continue the museum’s work to preserve and celebrate Sointula’s unique history.

  1. Group Visit and Tours

For groups of 5 or more people who want to visit the museum outside of regular summer open times, please call or text Kathy at 250-230-0093 to arrange a special time and tour guide.  Guided Group Tours are $6.00 per person

  1. What Visitors Say

“The museum was definitely the highlight of the Sointula trip and the best possible place to launch our exploration of the island. Learning about the history and practices of gender equality, socialism, and labour movement activism in Sointula were all the more rewarding given how deeply embedded these values are for us. For me personally, I regard the history of Sointula as a vital part of the Finnish-Canadian experience and of my own heritage, so learning about it first hand was truly significant.”   April 11, 2018

Read the Sointula Museum TripAdvisor Reviews

  1. Map and Address

The Museum is located in the old Superior School Building at 280 1st Street in Sointula, British Columbia.

Location of the Sointula Museum on Malcolm Island, BC


  1. Directions and Parking

To reach the museum, either on foot or by car, turn left off the ferry and proceed three blocks to a bend in the road. The Superior School is located on the left (waterside). The museum and the local library share the building.

Parking is free in both the parking lots in front of and behind the museum.

  1. Accessibility

The museum is wheelchair and walker accessible using a ramp leading into the building. The washroom and galleries on the main floor are accessible. The “Rust Room’ on the lower level of the museum can be reached through a downstairs door.  Please make arrangements with the museum volunteer on duty to open the downstairs door.

  1. Visit Tips

There is no food or drink allowed in the museum.

Strollers are permitted in the museum, but please note that some aisles are narrow. We will be happy to store your stroller during your visit. Please let the volunteer on duty know that you would like to park a stroller.

Wheelchairs are permitted in the museum. We do not have a wheelchair on site to lend visitors.

Lost & Found. Items left behind in the museum will be safely stored. If you think you may have left something behind, please ask at the museum or contact us to inquire.

Photography.  Still photography is permitted for private, non-commercial use only. Photographs cannot be published, sold, reproduced, transferred, distributed or otherwise commercially exploited in any manner.






Vancouver Island map with Sointula marked