Royal BC Museum, Victoria

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For a comprehensive history lesson of the province, head to Royal BC Museum--a premier cultural institution known for its impressive collection of some 7 million objects. Start your tour in the section on British Columbia's natural history, where you can view informative dioramas designed to educate in a visually engaging and entertaining way. Next, make your way to the exhibit dedicated to Canada's indigenous First Nations, featuring a famous mask gallery. Wrap it up at the modern history section, which includes a replica of a cobblestoned street from the early 20th century. Check the website for special exhibits and a schedule of upcoming IMAX screenings. See Royal BC Museum and all Victoria has to offer by arranging your trip with our Victoria vacation planner.
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  • August 15, 2017
    This excellent museum offers both natural history and human/cultural history. Lovely displays and panoramas. We took the 'highlights' tour with Bob-the-retired-math-professor. He was fabulous - very k...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    Valuable and wisely organized Museum. Absorbs man from each room. Zdecyowanie for more information and a better governance of exposure than in the Museum hostorii Vancouver. Exposition of the fantastic hotel (each) and really interactive. I recommend a little pisedzieć and listen to the endangered languages indigenous peoples of Canada.
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  • August 15, 2017
    My favourite museum in Canada, I only wished I had left a little more time to explore it! The displays are done so well and in many cases you feel like you've been transported to another time or place...  more »
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  • June 9, 2017
    We visited Royal BC Museum today. It's a good one! We spent 2 hours and we were in hurry because we started pretty late. So, if you want to see it in comfort pace I suggest at least 2 hours. Exhibitions are very well done, smoothly changing from one to another. My husband loved dioramas, I'm a huge fan of vintage things! This museum has big beginning of XX century part of town build inside. Staff was very helpful and supernice too! I feel like everyone can find something interesting for himself in this museum. In my opinion, fair price!
  • June 11, 2017
    Very cool! Much bigger than we expected. Could have easily spent all day here. We were on a schedule and feel like we had to rush at the end and didn't see everything. Will go again the next time we are in the area.
  • June 19, 2017
    very cool! the nature scenes were realistic, neat aquarium exhibits, full sized wolly mammoth and sea lion. natural history education... how do climate change deniers explain the ice age? there's more there that I didn't see.
  • June 14, 2017
    It's wonderful place. We can see animals and people like a real. We can understand a real Canadian history as well. Very impressed. Aboriginal and Terry Fox etc.
  • July 6, 2017
    There are so many exhibits to see here you must stay for the day when you get the chance, the food is good, coffee great, and the muffins are wow! If you are feeling like splurging~stay for an IMAX movie--it's a new seating area so it's super clean and cozy, you gotta check it out! Seriously.

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