Royal BC Museum, Victoria

4.6
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. For Royal BC Museum and beyond, use our Victoria trip planner to get the most from your Victoria vacation.
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  • I recently visited the Royal BC Museum to view the international travelling exhibit "Wildlife Photographer of the Year," which is always stunning to see. I have also visited the museum on many other o...  more »
  • I visited the museum during the week. Entry fare was free and I learned a great deal about the area, its industries and what early life was like in the area  more »
  • The nine year old adores the museum (he took a hundred pictures) the 5 year old had little interest. Buttons to push  more »
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  • Interactive, fun and educational. This museum got the attention of our active 6 year old, and our eye rolling teen. The exhibits are very engaging and you are taken into the time or place it is displaying. We even watched a Charlie Chaplin movie without hesitation. All the staff were extremely friendly and helpful. We were able to leave our luggage in the storage room for a while and, they were so helpful.
  • My favorite museum in the whole world. Worth every penny. Their featured exhibits are always really interesting. I love the sound room in the natural history sections, and the walls of native languages that you can listen too. The taxidermy is out of this world as well. I have remembered them fondly as a little girl, and as an adult seeing them again was really special. You need several days to see everything!
  • This is a wonderful museum. The location is great, right next to the legislature and the historic Empress Hotel. The upper floor contains the best parts of the museum: the First Nations exhibits and the history of BC exhibits. Both are very detailed. The history of BC has large replicas of buildings from past times (see pictures). The natural history portion also had interesting replicas.
  • Love this museum. The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition was really amazing, as is the rest of the museum. I always learn something new when I come here. This is a very enjoyable place to spend a day, and worth it for an annual pass for locals. Imax movies here are incredible too, and I appreciate that they have some blockbusters too.
  • I visited on the family weekend free entry day. The photography exhibit was amazing. I was not expecting the pictures to be on LED screens instead of actual prints. I think I like prints better. The natural history part of the museum is really well done. The forest and ocean exhibits very interesting and authentic feeling. The history of Vancouver Island with the coming of the Europeans was VERY disappointing. Huge spaces with just a background scene and the some sort of display like a horse. Not well done at all. The aboriginal area of history was excellent especially the language area.
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