Royal BC Museum

Royal BC Museum, Victoria: Hours, Address, Royal BC Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Royal BC Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
See all of British Columbia at the Royal BC Museum, a world-class museum of natural and human history. Explore our core galleries and immerse yourself in tales of where we've been and where we are going. Marvel at the totems, masks and cultural treasures featured in the world-class First Peoples Gallery. Walk through the colourful "language forest" in Our Living Languages and hear greetings in one of 34 Indigenous BC languages. Experience authentic artifacts and highly realistic settings -- from the Woolly Mammoth in his rocky, icy world to a tar-scented trip on the HMS Discovery.
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Neighborhood: James Bay
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tim4022018
Market Harborough, UK40 contributions
Oct 2021
What splendid museum! Great exhibit on Orcas and the rest of the museum was interestingly laid out - not stuffy but absorbing. We had 2.5 hrs and would have happily returned for a little more if we had had the time. Your ticket allows you to return later the same day but our whale watching tour lasted beyond the museum closing time!
Written October 27, 2021
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diesel1129
Kelowna, Canada46 contributions
Apr 2021 • Family
The new orca exhibit is amazing! It’s hard to plan with young kids, but we booked a time slot (covid restrictions) and made it work! Security was good with checking times and limiting capacity in certain exhibits. The museum has arrows on the ground indicating travel direction through exhibits, but if followed, much will be missed. We had to backtrack or double around a lot of rooms/areas to see everything. We spent 2hrs in the museum with small kids and they managed to west masks the entire time with complaints. Security is very present which is slightly annoying and irritating, but we understood their reasoning. Overall, the museum is adapting to Covid restrictions as best they can well still allowing guests to visit. It’s pricey for small kids, but adult admission is worth it.
Written April 19, 2021
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Sandra W
Nanaimo, Canada118 contributions
Aug 2021
The Orcas exhibit is definitely worth visiting the museum. Lots to see and learn. It was particularly interesting since we had taken a whale-watching tour the day before. There were many more exhibits to see as well. Unfortunately the popularity of the exhibit means the museum was extremely crowded. We went when the exhibit opened in the morning. Masks were required, but there was no limit in capacity so the crowds made it difficult to keep a distance but fortunately most people made an effort to do so. Previously when there were stricter covid measures, capacity was controlled by having an entry time reserved. Anyone with health concerns should keep this in mind.
Written September 1, 2021
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BCWendy
Vancouver, BC55 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
The Orca exhibit is very well done. We learned a lot and really enjoyed it!
The Indigenous section is also well done... especially at this time it's great to learn more about the culture. Especially liked the audio interactive display where we could hear how some of the letters are pronounced!
We ran out of time so missed everything else unfortunately as the museum closed 😔 We spent 1.5 hours, I recommend you give yourself more time!
Written July 3, 2021
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CruisinJ
Vancouver, Canada68 contributions
Nov 2021
Spent over 5 hours here including a Humpback Whale IMAX show. This is a very extensive museum with incredible lifelike dioramas of nature, extinct and extant animals, representations of historical scenes, and interesting educational films.
Unfortunately, the historical re-creations on the upper floor depicting the European and Asian settlers’ early life in BC will be removed because of the societal pressure to erase history that doesn’t conform to today’s values. We enjoyed this journey back in time so if you want to see it, I’d recommend making plans before it’s gone.
Written November 7, 2021
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Professional-Pilgrim
Alberta, Canada1,382 contributions
Nov 2021
Good museum. You can easily spend a whole day here, especially if you catch an IMAX movie at some point. Current exhibition on Orcas is first-rate. Top floor (Human history) about to be closed, so that the museum can "decant" its contents ( = become more politically correct). Lunch options very limited, and one snack bar closes early. IMAX theatre a nice addition. No cloak room at present.
Written December 3, 2021
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David P
Calgary, Canada219 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
We absolutely love coming to this museum. We tend to be in Victoria 3-4 times a year and this it makes sense to buy an annual pass. Our kids 7 and 9 never bore of the experience. They love museum stalwarts like the natural history section including the wooley mammoth and the old town section and first Nations exhibits. One of our favorite activities is Letter Writing Week, held during the first week of January. During this time you can write letter to anyone in the world on Museum stationary and they pay the postage. Our kids love doing this and we do too. It's a highlight of the year.
It should be added that many of the travelling exhibits that come through the museum are amazing, like Titanic's, The Aztecs and The Mayans. Very cool a MUST visit when in Victoria.
Written January 3, 2020
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Jannette V
Wasaga Beach, Canada4 contributions
Oct 2021
We enjoyed the museum but also would suggest better signage and directions around so you do not miss anything. What spoiled it for us was the older man at the door who checked our id's and vaccine passports. He was very rude to us because we were from Ontario. What is up with that?? He should be fired. We visited on Sunday October 3 in the early afternoon. Whoever he is he should not be working there.
Written October 11, 2021
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RobertMJThompson
Victoria, Canada696 contributions
Feb 2020
I recently enjoyed the museum's open house in honour of Family Day here in BC. Looked like many others also enjoyed the experience. I think the high admission fee for a family keeps many away. A half price ticket at 3:30 would be a good idea for management to consider. I took in the Photographer of the Year exhibit and then had a bit of a wander before watching an IMAX feature. For those interested in museum quality gifts the in house shops have a great selection on sale until the end of February.
Written February 17, 2020
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Hi Robert and thanks for your feedback! We find that folks who really enjoy visiting the Royal BC Museum find value in a family membership. Sadly, the museum (and IMAX) are closed at the moment due to the pandemic, but we hope you'll stay engaged with us via our digital offerings, which are listed on our social channels and web site. Take care!
Written April 8, 2020
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patthetraveller0
Vancouver, Canada58 contributions
Jul 2020
I really enjoyed the Royal BC Museum exhibit on Wildlife photography. The pictures were excellent and featured photographs taken by people around the world which had received awards.

Because of COVID-19 restrictions, this was the only exhibit and entrance was half price.
Written July 26, 2020
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  • Sat - Thu 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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