Museums in Victoria

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  • Karen R
    Ladner, Canada13 contributions
    Very clean and nice but very small. Not nearly as many exhibits as there used to be. It’s only $5 to get in so value for your money.
    Written August 9, 2022
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  • Lyncroft
    Quebec285 contributions
    If you like miniature worlds, this is it. Expect to spend at least 1 - 1.5 hour to look around. Quite a few creations on all kinds of subjects and time periods. Generally well done. A couple of dolls houses at the end.
    Written July 8, 2022
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  • Lyncroft
    Quebec285 contributions
    Small gallery showcasing different exhibits. Check their calendar first. At the time of our visit, it was showing Robert Bateman's work. Lucky us since we both admire his works.
    Written July 8, 2022
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  • operalover939
    Toronto, Canada2,651 contributions
    The museum occupies a relatively small space on Humboldt Street, having left the old courthouse on Bastion Street some years ago. It does not seem to be well-funded and is closed half of the week. However, at present it has an interesting exhibition on lighthouses on the West Coast of B.C. Even more interesting is the series of small films on the sinking of the S.S. Princess Sophia in the Lynn Canal, en route from Skagway to Victoria, in October 1918. Still the most costly maritime disaster in the North West Pacific in human terms — everyone on board, some 350 people, drowned — the way it developed makes a gripping tale. There are also some very attractive models of ships that operated along the coast over the decades.
    Written March 7, 2020
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  • Professional-Pilgrim
    Alberta, Canada1,382 contributions
    I am giving this a 4-star rating, because I consider it a very good gallery, compared to others its size. British Columbia does not have any art galleries to compare with Quebec, Ontario, or even Alberta, which is strange. Perhaps the Vancouver Art Gallery's recent fundraising will result in a much more impressive gallery in BC's biggest city. The AGGV is relatively small, with no attempt to be encyclopedic, but it hosts good temporary exhibitions, and has a small permanent collection on view. Currently (December, 2021), it has a good exhibition of BC's most famous painter, Emily Carr ("Seeing and Being Seen"), and some other artists inspired by her. My favourite exhibit was an adorable porcelain model of her house by Valerie Pugh. There is a second exhibition: "The Story of Blue and White [porcelain]" (Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, and Dutch). Finally, the selection of art available for rental or purchase is well worth viewing. BTW, the gallery is open until 9:00 pm on Thursday evenings, and only a donation is expected after 5:00 pm.
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    Written December 3, 2021
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  • hanap1
    Guernsey, UK12 contributions
    This is amazing. We have two boys, 5 and 7 and it was perfect. We touched, held and smelt (mammoth hair!) Dino fossils. Kay was beyond brilliant. She is knowledgeable, enthusiastic and frankly just an all round awesome person. We then got to have a go at digging away at actual fossils. Insane. Can’t recommend enough. A MUST DO.
    Written August 8, 2022
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  • Val M
    1 contribution
    Avenue Gallery is my favourite gallery in Victoria, so when we renovated our house I looked there for the perfect piece of art for a feature wall in our home. I found the perfect painting, which the gallery owner, Heather, personally came and hung for us. Having Heather come in person to our home means a lot to us, so that this special painting by Shinah Lee is perfectly placed in its feature location. The pieces that Heather chooses for her gallery are unique and inviting. there is no pressure to buy - just super welcoming people and exceptional art in paint, glass, pottery, sculpture and jewellery. This gallery has it all!
    Written October 16, 2020
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  • krogersku
    Johnston, IA486 contributions
    Visited here on an excursion from a cruise ship. This is a small tour which is nice. Center of the Universe is about a 30-40 minute drive from the dock. The tour bus is narrated and goes through Victoria. This included a stop for photos at the Parliament building. The tour is very interesting and educational. The Plaskett telescope was built in 1916 and contributed to the mapping of the Milky Way. As a historical site it is fascinating to see how the telescope was built and hear about the discoveries that were made at the site.
    Written July 7, 2019
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  • C R
    1 contribution
    It was a revelation when we discovered Sean Schuster and his art: spectacular landscape panoramas, dazzling cityscapes, and other breathtaking images from nature. All taken with a magician's eye for composition and light. But beyond that Sean is wonderful to work with. We decided we wanted a large edition of 'Sacred Falls' on the wall facing us as we descended our stairs. We sent him a photo of the location and he did an impeccable job of rendering size and frame alternatives of the image onto the wall. Based on the renderings we knew that the 7-foot version would be the perfect size. It's now in place and we feel as though we are descending to the bottom of the falls as we go down the steps - almost feeling the spray as we look up.
    Written July 15, 2021
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  • khixs0n
    Morro Bay, CA9 contributions
    The artifacts as well as the owner (Thomas) are a wealth of information on the history of First Nations and the Victoria area. A great collection to see. We were recommended there by the museum staff and it was well worth the trip.
    Written October 18, 2019
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  • RobertMJThompson
    Victoria, Canada701 contributions
    I keep dropping in to this very accessible and welcoming gallery. It's a neat way to feel connected to the University of Victoria in nearby Saanich. Currently there is an excellent exhibit on aboriginal basket weaving called 'We Carry Our Ancestors' and in contrast perhaps, a beautiful mini show of modern designer Yolonda Skelton's clothing artistry.
    Pop in for a view anytime you wish to be impressed.
    Written November 29, 2019
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  • Carolyn W
    1 contribution
    Mark has a fascinating collection of indigenous art. He is knowledgeable and helpful. Well worth a visit.
    Written November 15, 2021
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  • Paul B
    53 contributions
    Our TripAdvisor research took us to Eagle Feather Gallery. As advertised this gallery features contemporary first nations art of high quality. This is not historical art. It is contemporary art created for the purpose of commercial sales. Artists work in many different media and in a variety of styles, so there is something here for every art taste.
    Written December 18, 2016
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  • normav684
    Burnaby67 contributions
    Judy Watson gave me a personal tour of the costumes on display. There were a number of priceless Charles Worth of Paris dresses that had been worn by the wives of the various occupants of Government House. Luscious silk creations heavily hand beaded. Glorious to look at. There is an annex that displays many wonderful military uniforms. This can keep the men busy while the ladies gasp over the ladies dresses and accessories. I had never heard about this place until a friend said I must see it since I adore beautiful fashion.
    Written September 7, 2019
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  • camovictoriabc
    paphos32 contributions
    If you are interested in history regarding the Canadian Scottish Regiment, you can find it here. It's carefully tended to by volunteers that care about looking after those that served. They have an incredible display of medals that have been donated by families. On display you will find many pictures, artifacts from WWI & WWII. If you are trying to find out information about family or long lost relative or friend that may have served in the Regiment this is where you will probably have your best chance.
    Military history never been your thing, this one isn't big, but it is looked after beautifully and worth the time to make a visit. Not big enough for children to get bored, but big enough to perhaps make you want to investigate more.
    It's free to visit, donations are more than welcome. Open daily in summer months, only Tues. or by arrangement directly with the museum the rest of the year.
    Have visited many times over the years and you could easily say "It's come a long way".
    Written August 15, 2019
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