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Royal BC Museum

Address: 675 Belleville Street, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 9W2, Canada (Downtown)
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
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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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Vancouver, Canada
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014 NEW

The new interactive indigenous languages exhibit is terrific fun, and very interesting. For first time visitors, the classic exhibits highlight BC aboriginal art and cultural - truly awesome collection. The cafe is nothing special, but gift shop is quite good.

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Geraldine, Canterbury, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 NEW

I felt my brain grow when I visited this place. There is a wide variety of interesting exhibits that will feed your intellect. Probably the best museum i've ever been to. The highlights were , the Vikings Exhibit , The History of B.C exhibit , and the natural history exhibit. Thats three quarters of the Museum. Check it out!

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Battleford, Canada
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112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 NEW

The museum is an attraction which one should not miss. The displays are well thought out and geared to both the casual observer and those who study the offerings. The entry fees are reasonable.

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Smithers, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

Awesome, a must see! Give yourself lots of time as the exhibits are quite big and you don't want to miss anything.

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

We attended the Royal BC Museum the weekend before Remembrance Day in November and toured the Vikings Display (amazing) and sat thru a few lectures by veterans. I learned so much. I am so glad we took the time to visit this museum and recommend you do too.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

I had not been here for almost 40 years and was still awed by everything they have to offer. We hit it on one of the last days of the Viking exhibit, so long line ups ( our bad timing). The natural history section is as amazing as always. It really makes us appreciate what we have here in B.C.... More

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London
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

An excellent museum, which is both educational and fun. It is worth spending at least half a day here. The highlights include a great deal of first nations art, totem poles etc.; a very interesting section on first nations languages; an excellent reconstruction of an old town.

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Fresno, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

We spent an afternoon visiting the two floors of the museum and enjoyed every minute of it. From Northwest Pacific indians and everything imaginable about how they lived, to historic BC before and after the 1858 goldrush, to re-created shopping districts in frontier towns, to grizzlies and walruses and mammoths and all sorts of varmints. The displays are very well... More

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Salida, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

The exhibits were well done but the museum was a lot like a maze. You had to retrace your steps to go to the next attraction or go out. It was not unique in the material shown.

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Newcastle, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

This is a very interesting museum. Great insight to the history and culture of the area. I enjoyed the replica of the city

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