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Royal BC Museum

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Address: 675 Belleville St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1A1, Canada
Phone Number: +1 250-356-7226
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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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Excellent interpretive displays

I visited the museum in late November 2016. Both the First Nations and Mammoth displays were extensive with detailed, informative yet very accessible information provided. Highly... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I visited the museum in late November 2016. Both the First Nations and Mammoth displays were extensive with detailed, informative yet very accessible information provided. Highly recommended.

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Portland, Oregon, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

In general I do not like museums, but I enjoyed this one. Lots of animals and interesting displays. We were there for 2 hours and still did not see everything (we had other obligations)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It was a cold and rainy day, so a perfect opportunity to spend time learning some history. There was a Wooly mammoth exhibit, but I was most interested in the First Nations Exhibit. I learned so much! There is a very good gift shop with many books for sale as well as clothing , art and jewelry. Well worth the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We went while the mammoth exhibit was on and particularly loved Old Town! It was nicely decorated for Christmas. We asked a staff member for directions to Old Town and she gladly led us there as she had a shift playing Christmas tunes on the piano. Great experience!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

displays are well annotated and the descriptions useful for both lay public and students interested in more detail. The information becomes an important part of the exhibit and helps with looking at the objects available for viewing

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A great way to learn about the indigenous peoples and the region you are visiting. I especially enjoyed the native languages section.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We recently moved to Victoria and were able to take advantage of a membership deal the museum offered in November where a second membership was half price. Considering a single adult visit costs $24 we basically only have to go twice in a year to make the membership worthwhile! In order to appreciate all this place has to offer a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I only had time for a TINY part of this Museum and visited the Human History section. This was incredibly informative re. the First Nations in British Columbia. Starting with the 32 languages that were spoken..moving on to tool making and then artefacts [before and after the advent of the colonialists]. Displays were supported by tools; video and exquisite functional/decorative... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A very cool representation of our past and some very well thought out displays that transport you from a museum to living within the history you are now immersed in.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you want to spend some quality time learning and understanding, then plan a visit to the BC Museum. Today that have taken the best of the past and updated the old with the new information. There is no question any longer about, "is this true?" as the science is there for you to see. No longer is the history... More 

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