The Royal British Columbia Museum located in Victoria, BC Canada is a magnificent museum that is on par with many larger institutions in the States. The museum focuses on the environment and history of British Columbia. There is a re-created street from the 1900's where you can peer into shop windows and see how people lived in those times. Just past the 1900's street is a replica gold mine . Here a great Docent taught me how to pan for gold- yes, real gold! Unfortunately the gentleman wouldn't let me keep my "poke".
Past the mine is a wonderful replica of the "Discovery", one of Captain James Cook's ships that arrived on off the Vancouver Island coast on March 29, 1778. You can imagine how Cook lived aboard his ship.
The "First People" exhibit relates the history of the native people and contains a full size model of tribal houses. The museum also contains a IMAX theater.
The museum is a wonderful place to start your visit to Victoria as it will inform you of the history and natural environment of the city you are visiting.
My only criticism is that the displays are starting to show their age and need to be modernized. What is on display is wonderful , but I would enjoy seeing new exhibits.
Admission is $14.29 for adults, $9.06 for youth (6-18), and children (3-5) are free. The museum is open from 10 am to 5 pm, each day except for Christmas and New Years.
Check out their web site at www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca for more information.
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