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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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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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Come for the Mammoth, stay for the IMAX

Yes the entry fees are a little steep for this place but the experience is well worth it. Some museum exhibits never change- i.e: the mammoth, G. Vancouver's ship, the Old Town... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Yes the entry fees are a little steep for this place but the experience is well worth it. Some museum exhibits never change- i.e: the mammoth, G. Vancouver's ship, the Old Town, First Nations Gallery (including the wooden native mask that oddly resembles Nicolas Cage)- thus, parents can show their children the same things they saw as kids. The curators... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

Well worth it!!! Beautifully displayed exhibits. Amazing artistry and science combined. Worth reapeating at least once a year. I spent 5 hours, only left because of tired legs!! Gift shop a bit expensive but nice things.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

We had lived in Washington state for a time and became very interested in the history of the area. It was a natural for us to visit the BC museum while we were in Victoria. Found this to be an interesting stop and would suggest it for all who visit here.

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

The BC Museum does an outstanding job of present BC history in a vivid, immersive fashion, routing visitors through life-size dioramas of BC wildlife and historical settings (old train stations, hotels, shops). Also a most impressive exhibit devoted to First Nations' history and life. Well worth at least half a day to a full day, and the cafe even had... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

Very open and friendly museum. Exhibits were interesting and informative. The displays were varied and we saw lots of children doing the quiz and hands on activities.

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Llandudno, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

If you want to understand Canada, and especially the West Coast, then this is a fascinating place to visit. Well laid out and explained...you can easily spend a day here.

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Hazelton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Enjoyed the whole tour. Well displayed and explained. An amazing collection of authentic artifacts and stories.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Love that they change the one exhibit every so often to switch things up. Amazing natural history exhibits. Price is a bit much.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

No matter what is going on at the museum it is a great place to visit. It is presented very well and always a learning experience!

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Spring break need not be boring for young children. I took my daughter and 6 year old granddaughter to the Royal B.C. Museum last weekend and the visit was terrific. There are so many things to engage the young and the young at heart. Buttons to press to hear native languages, underground houses with game birds waiting to be plucked,... More 

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