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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: Group tours/day tour, Arts and crafts
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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Completely over the top exhibits - a MUST see

My wife and I visited the museum yesterday and were blown away by the history if BC exhibit. Just stunning - you really feel like you are back in the day! We have season passes... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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London, Ontario, Canada
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London, Ontario, Canada
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171 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

My wife and I visited the museum yesterday and were blown away by the history if BC exhibit. Just stunning - you really feel like you are back in the day! We have season passes and I recommend doing the same if you have kids. They always update their exhibits and the IMAX is great to visit over and over.

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Georgia Coast, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Allow at least 3 hours to see this outstanding museum. Saw an IMAX movie about the railroad. Great displays showing the history of BC.

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Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

We went to see the gold rush display it was very disappointing compared to some of the other exhibits we have seen in the past such as the dinosaur and the mummy exhibit.we have not been to this museum for about 10 years.nothing really has been added since then. It would be nice to see some new fresh exhibits

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

Hi NWCanada, thank you for your review. We’re disappointed our Gold Rush! El Dorado in BC exhibition did not live up to your expectations. Generally speaking, visitors have provided very positive reviews for the exhibition, so we’re sorry it wasn’t your cup of tea. In the last 10 years we have added quite a bit, including the award-winning exhibition Our... More 

leicester, england
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

We have been to Victoria on several occasions and avoided this museum as it is in a rather ugly building slightly back from the waterfront. We had been strongly advised to try it and did on this occasion. It is quite expensive (about $30 each) but is very well laid out and huge. The exhibitions are extremely well organised and... More 

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Royston, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Great modern museum, lovely staff who are happy to talk and give you pointers. Like most stuff in Canada it doesn't open early so look at the website first. We did not have enough time to see all the exhibits but concentrated on the First Nation and later Eurpoean settlers exhibition fantastic well laid out and very informative. Loved this... More 

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Redmond, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

This museum is very large and has rotating exhibits as well as ones that are always there. We saw the Gold Rush exhibit it had lots information and interactive displays to engage kids. Also the location of an Imax theater.

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Missoula, Montana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

This is a large museum (5 floors & and other exhibit space outside) so I would suggest you plan to spend the majority of a day to visit, or visit on multiple days if you can't stand that long. Appears to have traveling exhibits on one floor ( they had the Gold Experience when we were there) and then Natural... More 

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

Hi Johnnie, Thanks for the great review and we're happy you enjoyed your time here! Hope you can come back again soon. Cheers. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

did not get to see the whole place but what we saw was first rate with well explained interesting exhibits. iMAX had varying hourly shows and that too was of interest.

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Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed the museum, especially the gold rush exhibit. Quite an extensive collection. good historical exhibit.

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Edmonton, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Take a couple hours and your camera. Wonderful way to get a sense of how the coast has developed. We didn't have time to take in the IMAX film but if you hold your ticket you can come and go during the day and you get a small discount on the film.

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