The Sointula Museum offers a unique educational experience. Its collection includes artifacts, publications and photographs specific to the development of this community from a Finnish socialist commune to the quiet village of today. The 100-year history of the settlement from its utopian beginnings involves the development of socialist thought in Canada and the building of the commercial fishing industry, unions and cooperative economic structures. Through the years a strong spirit of community has prevailed, still evident in the lives of the current residents who call Sointula home.
Sointula is located on Malcolm Island, reached by ferry service from Port McNeill on Vancouver Island. The museum is located in the old Superior School Building at 280 1st Street in Sointula. 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 (water side). The museum and the local library share the building.
The Sointula Museum Committee operates the Sointula Museum. An office manager is hired for five months to facilitate the operation of the museum over the busy summer season when it is open seven days a week. If you are visiting and find the museum closed please phone one of volunteers whose phone numbers are listed outside the entrance. A dedicated group of volunteers acts as hosts to guide visitors. We try our best to accurately represent the rich history of our small community.