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Royal BC Museum

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Address: 675 Belleville Street, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 9W2, Canada
Phone Number: 250-356-7226
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Arts and crafts, Group tours/day tour
Description: Step inside and experience British Columbia. Since 1886 the Royal BC...
Step inside and experience British Columbia. Since 1886 the Royal BC Museum has preserved and shared the human and natural histories of this province. Discover the famous First Peoples, Natural History and Modern History Galleries – a feast of sights, smells and sounds of British Columbia. The Royal BC Museum is also home to a cultural precinct including the BC Archives, Helmcken House, St. Ann's Schoolhouse, the Netherlands Centennial Carillon, Thunderbird Park and Mungo Martin House/Wawadit’la.
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This museum has an extensive collection of natural history and local history. The First People's section with the photos and totem poles was my favorite. We spent about three... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
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Jacksonville, Florida
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

This museum has an extensive collection of natural history and local history. The First People's section with the photos and totem poles was my favorite. We spent about three hours there but easily could have spent the entire day. The modern history section is intriguing. There is a lot of detail in the exhibits and it really feels like walking... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

Excellent exhibit - mix of local and international artifacts. Special exhibits are always a destination visit.

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

Had the pleasure visiting the museum during the exhibition of "Gold Rush El Dorado in BC" Beautifully display and explained artifacts, painting, clothing and more. An eye opening exhibit with several amazing gold pieces displayed from several periods in history and around the world. Also visited the Natural History galleries. The displays of the animals was so realistic. Beautifully shows... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

Best little Museum for miles around ! A thorough summing up of the fascinating history of the human occupation of British Columbia , and the interesting Flora and fauna of this beautiful area . the recent Gold Exhibit was mind-blowing and rich in information .

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

This place is simply amazing. The exhibits are spectacular and wonderfully presented. My favorite part was probably a recreation of a town center from around the year 1900- you really felt immersed in that world in that part of the museum. I cannot recommend this museum enough; if you are in Victoria, it is an absolute must-see.

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

The best museum in BC is still the museum of anthropology. This was a great museum but the atmosphere was lacking. The permanent exhibits and temporary ones are great, but there was just no character to the overall museum inside and out. The imax was great though! It was expensive, but I still recommend it if you enjoy museums.

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Seattle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

The Royal BC Museum is a fantastic place. You can walk through streets, farms, lumber mills, and even an old sailing ship.

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Halifax, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

I haven't been to too many museums, however out of all that I've visited, this is my favorite. The staff is friendly and helpful, and all the exhibits are very informative. If I go back to Victoria, I will definitely be coming here again.

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Salmon Arm, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

An amazing story with exhibits from Colombia and central America about the history of gold throughout the ages, with particular emphasis on the Goldrush in BC, the Klondike and California in the nineteenth century.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

This was a great place to visit, if you like museums. We took about 3 hours to go through, but didn't read all the plaques. You could definitely spend an entire day here.

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