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There is always plenty to discover at the Quesnel Museum. Learn the secrets of "Mandy, the Haunted Doll." Listen to the stories of Chinese and First Nations Elders or visit a Sikh temple through interactive video installations. Meet the residents of early twentieth century Quesnel through the remarkable photographs of C.D. Hoy and C.S. Wing. Dress up in the children's activity centre or participate in a scavenger hunt. Click here to view our upcoming special events and programs.

Favourite exhibits include the Titanic, Footprints in Stone, dedicated to local First Nations culture, and vignettes recreating Quesnel's pioneer homes and businesses. From rare Chinese artifacts used during the gold rush era, to ephemera that will evoke childhood memories, the extensive collections are sure to appeal to all ages and interests. Come and see why the Quesnel Museum has been proclaimed one of BC's top 10 community museums.

Featured Photo of the month

Junkers F 13 at Quesnel, June 28, 1930

The Junkers F 13, designed and introduced by Professor Hugo Junkers in Germany after WWI, was the first commercial aircraft made entirely of metal.  The plane was fully fuel efficient, safe and convenient, durable, and required little repair.  A heated cabin meant travellers no longer required extra clothing and its resistance to inclement weather and fire set new safety standards.  The plane could handle heavy loads and the wheel chassis could be switched out for snow or water landing gear.  Over 300 planes were sold during its thirteen year production run and were in commercial service for almost twenty years. 

According to www.airliners.net the Junkers in this image “was delivered new in 1930 to the Vancouver-based 'Air Land Manufacturing' as CF-ALX”.  At the time of the photograph, the plane was owned by Dick Corless of Prince George, and was aptly named “City of Prince George”.  It was at Quesnel to transport four members of the Alaska Caravan party up to Prince George. 

On July 23, 1933 the plane came to an abrupt end after crashing into a tree near Lake McConnell, south of Kamloops, but its passengers suffered only minor injuries and the cabin remained intact.  Apparently the pontoons were found later by trappers and used as canoes, and the pilot’s seat was repurposed as a desk chair after being mounted onto a milking stool. 

In 1991 the Western Canadian Aviation Museum salvaged the plane and preserved it in its recovered condition.  It was on loan to the Deutsches Technikmuseum, Berlin, and can be viewed through www.airliners.net/photo/Junkers-F-13-G1E/1279097/M/.

P5975.406.1. Janet Carson Photo

Some information also courtesy http://www.rimowa-in-the-air.com/en/junkers_f13.html