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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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A must see for museum fans

We caught a special exhibition on British Colombian gold and Colombia, SA gold. The 220 lb Million Dollar coin was an impressive start and the stories told the real gold. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

We caught a special exhibition on British Colombian gold and Colombia, SA gold. The 220 lb Million Dollar coin was an impressive start and the stories told the real gold. The historic hall and early man hall were as well done as any museum I've ever visited. When tired and hungry, there is the ubiquitous cafe; tolerable turkey sandwich but... More 

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Adelaide
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

We were fortunate to see the Gold Rush exhibition which had just opened. That was a fantastic display of gold and gold rushes from around the world. The ongoing displays were just as impressive. Each section was exhibited differently and complimentary to its subject. Even if you are not into museums, it is well worth the time spent here.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

We visited this museum as it was recommended by a few people in the area that we had spoken with. We went around 3.40pm and it was quiet which was great as we got our tickets straight away and we could walk around and view everything. There was a whole section on Language and it was so interesting. Very interactive... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

The exhibit flows very well from room to room, building on the history of gold in several countries. The BC room mirrors the path of the Mighty Fraser River, showcasing the history and heritage of the area. This is a "must see" exhibit for anyone interested in gold and its relevance to our world, in the past and today. You... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Today was about THE MUSEUM and yes, the capital letters are justified. This would rate as a super hot 10 out of 10 spot on any itinerary in Victoria. It seems modest in its entry but when you ascend to the upper floors you are transported in both time and place into walk through, interactive recreations that almost become a... More 

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Bossier City, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Good spot and the traveling exhibition was the Gold Rush with tons of interesting information about it and a huge gold coin worth a million based on gold content and $4 mil plus actually. All sorts of historic info including Native American stuff. Extensive.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

This is one of our favorite places to visit in Victoria, we have made trips to Victoria in 2006. 2008 and again in 2015. We saw The Titanic exhibit in 2008 and the Gold rush exhibit in 2015. The staff is always available to answer your questions. This museum is conveniently located near downtown Victoria within a short walk, next... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

Walking in ypu feel like your stepping back in time - a time of old inventions and lofty ideals of God and country. Really great experiences.

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Assens, Denmark
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

I am not a big fan of museums, but anyway, wanted to go, as they presently have a Gold Rush Exehibition....it was okay, but what I found very well set up, was on the top floor where they have " Becoming BC...British Columbia from the 1770s...I really liked that. Highly recommend it, and that is the permanent Exehibition.

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Kamloops, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

I grew up in the Greater Victoria Region. I remember going to the Provincial Museum many times as a younger kid. Now I live in the Interior of BC for close to 30 years, returning to my hometown has put a new light on the Inner Harbour Area. The museum has some displays and exhibits that I remember from previous... More 

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