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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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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
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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Hong Kong Region, China
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
18 reviews 18 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
14 reviews 14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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151 reviews 151 reviews
47 attraction reviews
216 helpful votes 216 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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139 reviews 139 reviews
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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Leusden, The Netherlands
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50 reviews 50 reviews
21 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

When driving to Whistler we came along this museum and decided to stop for a visit. It was very interesting and we all (3 adults, 2 kids) liked it. We started with some "gold digging" which was real fun. Later we took a little train and got a tour from an ex-mine worker. His stories were great and he really... More 

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Woodstock, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

We were treated to a short trip through the mine on an old mine car and shown the various tools that miners used. It was an eye opening experience to understand how mining was done years ago and still is today in some areas. This is a great piece of history that is worth preserving and sharing. Being able to... More 

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Brampton, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

It was definitely what I'd call a " Tourist Trap" !! We felt that we didn't get our $$'s worth on the tour, we were rushed through as quickly as possible once we exited the train in the tunnel, the train didn't really go that deep underground. The tour guides are friendly to you when you're on the rushed tunnel... More 

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Lucy_was_here, Manager at Britannia Mine Museum, responded to this review

Hello Wanita, Thank you for posting your comments on our TripAdvisor page. We're sorry to hear you felt rushed during your visit to the museum. We strive to ensure each guest has a positive experience and are concerned you had concerns regarding the tour. I have brought up your concerns with the our Museum Director along with our Operations staff.... More 

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