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Royal BC Museum

Address: 675 Belleville Street, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 9W2, Canada (James Bay)
Phone Number: 250-356-7226
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Type: Art Museums, History Museums, Natural History Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/day tour, Arts and crafts
Owner description: Step inside and experience British Columbia. Since 1886 the Royal BC...
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Type: Art Museums, History Museums, Natural History Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/day tour, Arts and crafts
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Salem, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

Don't miss this if you are in Victoria! We were there on a cool and rainy day and it was wonderful! You could spend all day in the Native Peoples exhibit and not absorb it all. We walked away from this exhibit humbled and in awe. Go early and spend all day! Their temporary traveling exhibits are world class. We... More 

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Mackay, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

One of the most informative places I've been to. I was emotionally moved after the visit. Displays were magnificent. First Nation info was unforgettable

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Port Townsend, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

This is a show featured annually, and we always try to catch it. These are wildlife photographs from all over the globe. Truly amazing. Don't miss it.

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Bellingham, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

I wish I had three more days to explore this museum. A great spot for a rainy day or any day really. The First Nations exhibit is truly spectacular with a great deal of respect given to the people whose cultures and history are represented in the exhibit both past and present. The Argillite exhibit and the underwater exhibits were... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

This is a wonderful place to learn about British Columbia. I first went when I was in the University of Victoria over 30 years ago. I learned a lot then. There has been a staple now in my family for years. I strongly recommend it for anyone visiting Victoria young and old. There is something for every one. They have... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

A variety of exhibits. The First Nations exhibit provides an in-depth understanding of the cultures, We were fortunate to see the temporary National Geographic Wildlife Photography exhibit - breathtaking!

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Cobble Hill, British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

I've been coming here since I was a kid on school field trips, and always loved the woolly mammoth and the exhibits that make you feel as though you've traveled back in time. Now, as an adult, I still go occasionally when there's something new, and just visited the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014 exhibit! The photos were beautifully... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

This is, without a doubt, the best museum I've ever visited! They have an extensive and amazing First Nations collection, educational, as well as fun and interactive! The walk through the BC history was breathtaking! Cpt. Vancouver's ship, gold rush, the submarine, and especially the town!!! The Vikings exhibits were also great! We had only 3 hours to spend there,... More 

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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

First Nations history exhibits are fascinating and educational. Includes art, artifacts, crafts, and a diorama of a coastal native village. A "living languages" exhibit has recordings of some greetings in various western native languages. The B.C. settlement exhibits of mines, gold rush towns, farms, and the old town of Port Moody are incredible. Full-size, infinitely detailed replicas of various shops... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014 via mobile

This museum did an outstanding job with their First Nations exhibits, educating about history, culture, language and nature. I found it superior to the Museum of Anthropology. The exhibits on the natural history of BC were also very good. Definitely worth a visit, we spent about three hours.

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