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“Wonderful First Nations' Arts & Crafts” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Royal BC Museum

Royal BC Museum
675 Belleville Street, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 9W2, Canada (James Bay)
250-356-7226
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Ranked #2 of 57 Attractions in Victoria
Type: Art Museums, History Museums, Natural History Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/day tour, Arts and crafts
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Owner description: 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.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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“Wonderful First Nations' Arts & Crafts”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

This is a wonderful museum for learning about First nations Arts & Crafts. The displays and the totems were fabulous. They offered up stories and glimpses into BC's natural and human history, drawing us into the captivating story of the land. The natural history gallery sweeps you from lush tropical prehistoric forest past a woolly mammoth standing on the frozen steppes, to a present-day coastal rainforest bounded by rocky ocean shore. There was also a display and exhibition of bugs—bugs of all sorts and sizes. Outside the museum on Belleville Street is Thunderbird Park, created in 1941 to display some of the Northwest Coast's native arts. Most of the totems were carved between 1951-1990 (not antiques by any means, but copies of the originals—due their advanced decay.

Visited October 2012
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“Since I was 5 years old.. this has been a place I have loved to go”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

I have gone with my grandparents since I was 5, then have taken my own children and my husband who was born in England. We've all loved it and each exhibition that has been there.. especially the artefacts from the Titanic and the experience of being a passenger on the ill fated ship... very touching..

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“Love it, a great way to learn about BC History!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

A fantastic museum, well designed and beautifully displayed, the exhibits are interesting, relevant, and teach you a lot about BC & West Coast Canadian history! I especially love the mining exhibit and the First Nations section. Leave yourself a couple hours to check it all out.

Visited April 2012
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“It has”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

Gotten much better over the years.They have added a lot more exhibits and more information over the years . great way to spend a rainy afternoon

Visited July 2012
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“Engaging! Entertaining! Inspiring1”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

My daughter and I attend the museum each time we visit victoria and I/we are always impressed! Such artfully designed displays and always something new for us to look at and learn about! We saw the Artic Imax and probably my favourite to date - don't miss it!

Visited March 2013
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