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Britannia Mine Museum

Address: 1 Forbes Way, Britannia Beach, British Columbia V0N 1J0, Canada
Phone Number: 1-604-896-2233
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Britannia Mine Museum General Admission
95%
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
Fee: Yes
Owner description: It was once the largest copper mine in the British Empire. Today, the...
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Type: Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: It was once the largest copper mine in the British Empire. Today, the Britannia Mine Museum opens up a little-seen world that fascinates all ages. Just like miners did, visitors climb aboard a mine train and rumble into an authentic tunnel. Entertaining guides describe the workings of drills and tools from the past century. Every visit includes gold panning with the chance to take home frequent findings. A captivating 15-minute film re-creates the past and reveals how families turned their isolated surroundings into pleasant experiences. The Family Play Area keeps young ones entertained. A glittering gift shop offers unique stones and carvings. To get there, head north on the Sea to Sky Highway. 1/2 way between Vancouver and Whistler.
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Olympia, Washington
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308 reviews 308 reviews
57 attraction reviews
152 helpful votes 152 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We decided to visit the Mine Museum one day to take a break from skiing in Whistler. We were very impressed. The gift shop, museum, exhibits, and tour were all top notch. There are interactive exhibits, panning for gold, a sandbox for little ones with lots of toy trucks, and a very interesting informational video. The tour was great. We... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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46 reviews 46 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This Museum is an awesome place to tour. Going underground for that portion of the tour was a blast, including a small train ride. The Mill building is impressive , as are other artifacts and buildings around the site filled with displays. Not all that far from Vancouver, with a nice view of Howe Sound in parts. Food selection was... More 

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Maple Ridge District Municipality, British Columbia, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Was way better than I expected. Get to go on a cool little ride inside the mine shaft in a rail car. You learn quite a bit about the history of the mine and see the conditions the workers had to endure at different points in time. Also, you can pan for gold, which the kids love!

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Hong Kong Region, China
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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

This was appropriately the best museum ever that I visited in my life of adventure.Exploring ancient mine shafts and dwarfing through the history of mining was a enjoyable experience for a history buff like me! This was our one and only time there and I admit that this is Definitely a really cool mine museum!They mined a lot of copper,gold,silver,zinc... More 

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Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Always wanted to stop here. We had a great time. Interactive exhibits were fun and interestigg. Mine tour was good even got to pan for gold. Definitely worth stopping in

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Tacoma, Washington
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Definitely a really cool mine museum. They primarly used to mine copper here, but found a bunch of other precious metals in the mountain too. The tour is the best part. We had a young lady, I'm not sure her name. But there were a ton of kids in our group and she handled them so well (when their parents... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

IMO this is the best museum in BC, lots of neat things to see and touch. Some tv shows and movies were filmed here and you even get to mine for gold flakes! Absolutely love it and would go back for sure!!!

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Langley, BC
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152 reviews 152 reviews
47 attraction reviews
231 helpful votes 231 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

This is a great museum and really gives you a good idea of the booming industry this once was, and the life the workers had. We have driven by here so many times on our way to and from Whistler. We only stopped here on this trip because we had an out of country visitor with us who is a... More 

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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84 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

What a great place this is. Plenty to see and do. There is a short film near the entrance to give you an idea of what went on in the past. Highlight of the visit is the guided tour inside the mine itself starting with a short railway journey. Demonstrations inside the tunnels were very good. Lots of external buildings... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Coming from New Zealand this slice of history was really interesting. We spent over 2 hours at this attraction and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. Tour by mine train thorough a small section of the mine tunnel was excellent, informative and enjoyable. We could of spent much longer exploreing but we were short of time. It did at first seem... More 

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