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Royal BC Museum

675 Belleville Street, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 9W2, Canada (Downtown)
250-356-7226
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Ranked #1 of 59 attractions in Victoria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Natural History Museums, Art Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/day tour, Arts and crafts
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.... more » 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. « less
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Parksville, Canada
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20 reviews 20 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

The exhibits at this museum are designed to both inform and entertain. The main PUBLIC building is focused on stimulating excitement and interest in such fields as, pre-history, history and natural history. If you are a visitor to province and you have a family make sure you set any rainy day aside. If you don't have a rainy day, set... More

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Phoenix, AZ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

The history of B.C. exhibit was very well done. It is best to go during a weekday morning hours. We thoroughly enjoyed our time there.

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Salem, Oregon
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67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Fascinating, informative exhibit "The Vikings" emphasizes Swedish exploration and culture (through Nov. 11). The First Nations exhibits here are always outstanding. I learned a lot from the exhibits on languages and art. Museum architecture and grounds are distinctive. Beautiful views from upper windows. The coffee shop has reasonable snacks and lunch, with outside seating.

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Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Great Museum. Wonderful exhibits on First Nations, British Columbia history, natural history, ice age mammoths, climate change, costal forests, seashore, and the Fraser River Delta. IMAX. Step into 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea atmosphere in the Ocean Station exhibit. Plan on spending as much of the day as you can.

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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

On my visit the permanent collection at the Royal BC Museum was very impressive and well curated. Of special merit was the extensive collection of Native Canadian regalia and artefacts which was sensitively displayed. The natural history section was also impressive and the marine touch pool particularly appealing to children. A visiting display of Viking material gave a good overall... More

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Morgan Hill, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

What a great museum we had two young ones with us and they loved the museum and were never bored... That says a lot right there! Must see when in the area. Don't forget your AAA card for an additional discount on the entrance fee. If this review was helpful please let me know...

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Kihei, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

We were glad to have purchased our tickets for the IMAX movie ahead of time. Lunch at the cafe was basic fair. Each time Visiting Victoria I love to tour the museum. Good access with a person in a wheelchair.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This time the Viking exhibit was pretty informative and both the kids loved all the artifacts. I really appreciate all the cedar masks, steam bent boxes and outdoor totems. A beautiful museum.

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Victoria, BC, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Highly recommend to anyone visiting Victoria who is interested in local history and culture. Great displays for the whole family.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I am an avid museum goer, and the Royal BC blew me away. Their permanent galleries are well written. The dioramas are incredibly lifelike. They make a great use of integrating technology into their exhibits. The First Nations section makes you want to learn a new language. The history of BC section made for a great interactive time. The temporary... More

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