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Royal BC Museum

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Neighborhood: James Bay
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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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Definitely a Must See!

While we were there the Viking Exhibit was still on....very well done, extremely interesting and worth our precious vacation time!

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

While we were there the Viking Exhibit was still on....very well done, extremely interesting and worth our precious vacation time!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

We spent roughly 2 hours at the museum. There are not very much to see but the staff are very nice and if you ask questions, they are very knowledgeable and patient to answer you.

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

I spent 2 hours at the Royal BC Museum on Mar 2, 2015 and loved every minute... There was a nature photographic exhibition with some of the most wonderful photos of nature ever taken, it was simply breathtaking. I also stumbled upon the "BC in the 1700s-1800s" exhibition and it was incredible not only to be surrounded by beautiful and... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

We loved this museum, esp the Viking exhibition. This is well worth a visit, a must see to anybody visiting the city. There is lots to see so you need an entire afternoon at least. The museum is shop is too expensive, they should have more variety of prices.

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Fun for the whole family. Great displays. My family loved walking around old town and the submarine.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

I have been to the museum many times and have never been disappointed. However, it is expensive so make sure you have lots of time to get your money's worth. I especially enjoy the native exhibits and Old Town. The special exhibits are not for everyone and small children particularly are not always well suited to these kind of displays.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

I was so moved and impressed by the care, and delicacy that the Royal BC Museum constructed narratives of indigenous voices, the new displays about language, the discussion of residnetal schools, the commissioning of new works, and the careful diacritical panels that historicise the collections--collections that are strong and immersive, make it a radical re-working of what musuemology meant. I... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 via mobile

It's very very expensive to visit the museum ... And while it is enjoyable I am always surprised that there isn't more to see and do...considering the price. The lines for special exhibits are outrageous - especially when you are trying to get children to wait that long...there are a lot of screaming tantrums in line ... The exhibits themselves... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

I have been to the museum multiple times, and am never disappointed in the exhibits; both the rotating ones and the permanent. If you are a fan of totemic artwork, argillite carvings or NW coastal history, you will delight in the collections to be found here. Don't miss this when you are in Victoria and plan on at least 3... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 via mobile

We had decided on the museum because I'm such a history nut and love to learn about a place from its beginnings. What I didn't expect was the amazing natural museum portion. I could have spent hours just watching the incredible sea creatures in the tidal pool, alone! Great way to spend a cloudy afternoon in Victoria!

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