Permanent Exhibitions are located both on the main and top floors and encompass palaentology, exploration, First Nations and settlement history. Larger focus themes include the Puntledge elasmosaur, a K’omoks house front designed by Andy Everson depicting Queenesh, a K’omoks legend, and a series of paintings by the late Bus Griffiths, an artist noted for his depiction of early logging in BC. In essence, the majority of major themes in the museum are introduced by significant works of art and representation.
The CDM has a changing exhibition area (1100 sq. ft.) in which CDM curated exhibits from the permanent collections and traveling exhibitions are hosted.
In- house exhibitions, such as Natural Bounty, an exhibition about agriculture and homesteading in the Comox Valley utilize permanent collection items and give staff an opportunity to rotate more of the permanent collection out to the public. Once these exhibits come down, the content is published in spiral book form and placed in the permanent exhibition areas and digitized and featured online.
For the past four years, the museum has collaborated with North Island College on presenting final portfolio works of the Professional Photography students. This exhibition is a highlight in the year because it brings an energetic group of people and creates a positive connection with the college.
As well, traveling exhibitions are presented in this area and over the years, have ranged from, Emily Carr originals with a guest curator, to exhibits from the Museum of Nature.