The Comox Museum is re-opening to the public on Thursday, July 8. This photo shows the newly installed mural of the Comox Wharf donated by David Coons of the Comox Centre Mall and in the foreground is Hamilton Mack Laing (seated) and fellow artist and naturalist, Allan Brooks. Photo submitted

Comox Museum re-opening to the public

The Comox Museum is re-opening to the public on Thursday, July 8. They will be open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from noon-4 p.m.

The vintage fashions, graciously on loan from Linda Hargreaves, now feature ‘Dream Dresses.’

The dresses and accessories are from the early 1900s to the 1950s, a time when the movies had a big impact on fashion.

“We hope these beautiful creations help lift the gloom of COVID-19,” said Pam Moughton, Comox Archives and Museum Society.

An exciting new exhibit is a refurbished window from the summer home of Elinor Dunsmuir’s; a beautiful house which once stood in six acres of old growth forest, rambling garden and huge rhododendrons overlooking Comox Bay on top of Comox Hill. A collage, made especially for the museum by Comox resident Terrie Anderson, is installed within the window and offers a glimpse into the history and beauty of the place. Elinor Dunsmuir, the granddaughter of coal baron Robert Dunsmuir and daughter of Premier James Douglas, was a well-connected, flamboyant musician whose friends included the Rothchilds of Europe and film star Tallulah Bankhead, who was a frequent visitor.

The museum also features photos of the ‘Filberg Glass House’ on Willemar Bluffs. Built in 1959, it was one of the first houses designed by a young Arthur Erickson (1924 – 2009) who became one of Canada’s foremost architects. It was named ‘Canada’s Most Fabulous House’ in a 1961 issue of Canadian Homes Magazine, which described it as ‘a gossamer palace from 1001 nights.’

The Comox Museum is located at 1729 Comox Ave., opposite the Comox Centre Mall. Admission is free.