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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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Good museum

Spent a few hours wandering around this museum. Enjoyed the exhibits. Also took in one of the IMAX shows. A nicer way to spend an afternoon. My only criticism would... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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Edmonton, Canada
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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

Spent a few hours wandering around this museum. Enjoyed the exhibits. Also took in one of the IMAX shows. A nicer way to spend an afternoon. My only criticism would be..directional signing inside would be helpful to follow a logical tour.

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

It wasn't expensive and the staff was really friendly and helpful. The exhibits are nicely done. The field trip school children were well behaved and monitored. They weren't a distraction.

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Highly recommend the Royal BC Museum. Fascinating. Exhibits are well laid out and extremely informative.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

We homeschool and love museums we try to go to one in every town, city, and, country we have been to hundreds this museum was one of our favorites. We loved the exhibits on the first people. Interactive is always a favorite

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

It has been many years since my last visit. Love the aboriginal displays, totem poles, long house as well as the current photography display. The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit was stunning - if you have an opportunity to see it in your area (no longer at museum) I would strongly recommend it. Enjoyed the Our Living Languages Exhibit... More 

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Jasper, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We decided to check out the museum later in the afternoon. This was a mistake, you need a full day to see everything in here. I think we may have made it half way thru before the museum closed at 5 pm. I would definitely recommend this for anyone visiting Victoria. It would be great if the Museum had their... More 

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Schaumburg, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

I thought it would be a small museum with a limited amount of exhibits, but what a surprise! The museum consist of 3 floors, first floor is ticket box, restroom, gift shop, coat check, etc. second floor and third floor are the exhibits. It took us almost 1 hour and half just to look at the third floor exhibits, i... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Great museum. My kids loved all the exhibits. My favorite was the Wooly Mammoth and the information on native languages. We also saw an Imax film ... which definitely ups the cost of admission!

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Coquitlam, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Lots to see! I especially like how they put together all major natural and historical display panoramas through which you experience British Columbia's history first hand! The highlights are: a 1900 city street complete with stores, hotel, movie theater, train station, car mechanic, etc. Big displays of James Cook ship Discovery, gold rush gold panning, farming, native homes, totem poles,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 via mobile

We love the museum; we would visit once or twice a year from Vancouver. We enjoyed the Wildlife Photographer exhibit and to complete our visit, we watched a couple of IMAX movies. We bought a year membership and we got 20% off the IMAX movies. Totally worth it.

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