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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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Step inside and experience British Columbia. Since 1886 the Royal BC Museum...

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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Can be expensive for a special exhibition but great museum!

If you love visiting museums, you should go to the Royal BC museum! You can learn about BC's history and habitat etc. It is a relatively big museum, so if you'd like to read the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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74 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you love visiting museums, you should go to the Royal BC museum! You can learn about BC's history and habitat etc. It is a relatively big museum, so if you'd like to read the panels or just watch the collections, plan to spend a couple of hours here. There is an IMAX threatre as well, which offers very interesting... More 

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RoyalBCMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Royal BC Museum, responded to this review

Hi Niameow, thank you for your kind review! We're always happy to hear from locals. Would like to point out though, there is no extra charge for our current special exhibition, Wildlife Photographer of the Year. We do sometimes have to have a small charge for admission to our summer exhibitions, typically due to the cost of bringing in much-desired... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Enjoyed the museum. Special exhibition was wild life photography contest finalists and winners - amazing. We particularly enjoyed the native exhibits. The totem poles were very impressive as was the ingenuity they used for clothing, etc.

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Victoria, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This Museum is extraordinary. Wonderful Dioramas and case displays.Especially notable is its First Nations Collection. Very pleasant Cafeteria style food services.

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Victoria, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I've been to the RBCM museum many, many times...when I was a child, we used to come over from the mainland as a school field trip. Now I take the grandchildren there. There is something for every age group. We love the dioramas and the First Peoples gallery, and I'd like to spend more time with the Living Languages exhibit.

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RoyalBCMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Royal BC Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind review, lkm1018, we're always delighted to hear from locals! Hope to see you again soon! More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This a favorite place for both us and our grandchildren! The displays are fantastic, lots of interactive activities and changing displays as well. A great place to visit....either on rainy days or part of your vacation. Having iMax right there is also a bonus!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We have visited the museum a few times previously, so really only were interested in the 2015 wilderness photo winners. A truly spectacular exhibit. Will definitely return, if it returns next year.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I have been to the museum so many times...always a point of interest when in the city and a stop I make my guests to partake in!! So many exhibits to view and enjoy always. And to sit in the IMAX was just an amazing experience to see. Will be going to get my yearly pass right away!!!

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Ladysmith
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Love to time travel and walk through the old town. Kids love the taxidermy animals in the forest. Always a great way to spend a day at the museum. Why can't we see John Lennon's Rolls Royce (which should be behind plexiglass and on display???)

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RoyalBCMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Royal BC Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, 40Street, very kind of you! John Lennon's Rolls Royce is put on display at the Royal BC Museum from time to time, and there are plans to have it in our lobby sometime in mid-February (date to be confirmed). We hope you have a chance to come by and see it then. Thanks again! More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The building is very accessible, very nice gallery's, lots for all ages to be interested in, great theater. Will go again the next time in Vitoria.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

With only two short days to see the city and immediate area we cut our time at the museum short. TOO BAD! So much to see. Took a tour with Elizabeth as our guide and saw an overview of what the museum has to offer. There is so much to see and look at that we could easily have spent... More 

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