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“Beautiful museum, a must see”
Review of Royal BC Museum

Royal BC Museum
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$13.20*
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Ranked #1 of 203 things to do in Victoria
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed October 27, 2010

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.

4  Thank RangerDon
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Reviewed October 14, 2010

We went to the Royal BC Museum in early September, 2010. We expected to be there for about 3 hours, but ended up staying for 4 ½ hours!.
We toured the second floor Natural History Gallery that featured an Ice age Mammoth and forest, seashore, and Fraser River Delta Dioramas. We then went up to the 3rd floor and toured the Human History Gallery. We viewed the Modern History Gallery with articles from the 20th century displayed, then the Old Town with a Bakery where you could smell apple pie, a Railroad Station where you saw and heard a train passing by, and many other typical old time buildings. We then walked through a Cannery area with a water wheel, and finally through the seafaring area featuring a replica of portions of the HMS Discovery where it even smelled a bit like the sea.
After a quick lunch at the Willies Café at the museum, we went back to the 3rd floor and toured the First People’s Gallery featuring a Pit House, a Big House, stone carvings, and the history of the First People. This was like a Disneyland Museum where you walk through history instead of looking just at glass displays. We both enjoyed this museum and gained a greater appreciation of Vancouver Island and its people.

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Reviewed October 6, 2010

We went to this museum one afternoon and loved to spent the whole rest of the day there. There are not too many exhibitions, but those you can see here are amazing!
Natural history was very nice and another highlight is the IMAX theatre where we went twice.

1  Thank sirtakyi
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Reviewed September 1, 2010

After bad weather postponed our whale watching tour we decided to visit the museum and we were glad that we did. It was really fascinating - the recreation of how people lived in the past was incredibly detailed, and it was informative without being dry and dusty. We spent most of our time on the top floor, which was dedicated to the human history of BCW, spending almost 2 hours alone just in one part of this relating to the 20th century period, and also found the exhibition about the First Nation (relating to the indigenous tribes) incredible with totem poles, amazing carvings and even a house.

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Reviewed August 23, 2010

We planned to quickly walk through as our kids "hate museums", but spent 3 hours here (including IMax theatre)! Exhibits were well presented and kept everyones attention.

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