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Port Gamble General Store and Cafe Questions & Answers

Ucluelet, Canada


Friends of ours who live on Bainbridge took us to see the sites of the area.

One of the places we stopped off at was Port Gamble. The General Store was crammed with pre-Christmas shoppers. We were not aware of the restaurant at that time.

What we did do, was we went up the stairs to the upper level and there we discovered the marvelous collection of seas shells and other marine speciments. What a treat!

Could you please tell us what the history is of that collection is and if there is anything in place to curate and preserve the exhibit? It is at least a North American treasure.

We are from the west coast of Vancouver Island and cherish all that is associated with the sea. Hence our questions.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Thank you, Jur Bekker


over a year ago Answer

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I have not seen the upstairs sea shell museum, apparently one of the world's largest. This is what I read on their site:

Of Sea and Shore Museum The museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to the study of mollusks, and features one of the largest displays of shells in the world. It started as a high school biology project and has continued to grow over the past 40 years with a collection representing 40 different countries. - See more at: Roadside America site

over a year ago
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The town is the curator for the exhibit. Tom Rice is the man behind the collection. He grew up in Port Gamble and the collection has been on display for 42 years.

8 months ago
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