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Royal BC Museum

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Address: 675 Belleville St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1A1, Canada
Phone Number: 250-356-7226
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Step inside and experience British Columbia. Since 1886 the Royal BC Museum...

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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Knowledge is good.

Very interesting exhibits on the natural history and cultural evolution of the area. Nice selection of IMAX films. While my wife & I enjoyed the cultural exhibits more, I saw many... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Very interesting exhibits on the natural history and cultural evolution of the area. Nice selection of IMAX films. While my wife & I enjoyed the cultural exhibits more, I saw many kids absorbed by the mammoth and other animal exhibits. Good way to spend some time indoors if the weather is uncooperative.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I was a little skeptical going to this museum at 25 dollars a pop. However I quickly realized it was well worth it. There is so much information along with wonderfully interactive exhibits. This is a must see in Victoria. Best stop we made! Also, catch an IMAX.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was our first trip to the museum and we found it very engaging and wonderful. All the exhibits were well laid out. Staff are always there on hand to assist with questions, etc. We would have liked to have stayed longer but ran out of time. Would visit again and we would definitely recommend.

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The mammoth exhibit at the Royal BC Museum is amazing. We went to the IMAX on mammoths and toured the exhibit. It is excellent. The permanent exhibits are very well done and informative.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My boyfriend and I went over Canada Day long weekend and we loved every second of it. We got there just before opening so it was still fairly empty which was a nice. The natural history section was the best. We really like the one where you walked in and the room opened up to show all the different trees... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The first exhibit you see in the lobby area after taking the escalator is about how underfunded they are. How they need funding not only to improve building systems but also to update exhibits. That's right - the exhibits are old. The traveling exhibit was from the Field Museum in Chicago and it was excellent. The rest was a mixed... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I have been to this museum a number of times over the past several years with my own children and now with my grandchildren. It never ceases to amaze me at the improvements and changes they have made over the years. I have been to museums all over the world, but this is still my favorite. There are a wide... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Extremely well laid out with beautiful exhibits! Enjoyed the mammoth exhibit. The displays were seamless and detailed. Many opportunities to engage kids in activities and educational opportunities as well!

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was a surprisingly good museum. It was well laid out. We enjoyed the Mastodon exhibit. The walk through of Victoria in the early 19 century was excellent esp. with full scale model of a mill.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Stopped in to view the Mammoth exhibit. It was incredible! I've seen the baby mammoth special on TV which was interesting, I never thought I'd be viewing the actual mammoth remains. There was a movie playing about the history of the Mammoth which was very good as well. If you like natural history I strongly suggest checking out this exhibit.

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