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“Unexpected very nice”

Britannia Mine Museum
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Britannia Mine Museum General Admission
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: What was once the largest copper mine in the British Empire is now a multi-award winning attraction. Britannia Mine Museum opens up a little-seen world that fascinates all ages. Just like miners did, visitors climb aboard a mine train and rumble into an authentic tunnel. Entertaining guides describe the workings of drills and tools from the past century. Every visit includes gold panning with the chance to take home frequent findings. A captivating 15-minute film re-creates the past and reveals how families turned their isolated surroundings into pleasant experiences. The Family Play Area keeps young ones entertained. A glittering gift shop offers unique stones and carvings. To get there, head north on the Sea to Sky Highway. 1/2 way between Vancouver and Whistler.
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Heerhugowaard, The Netherlands
Level 6 Contributor
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
“Unexpected very nice”
Reviewed June 21, 2011

Made a pitstop, as many others, by this museum on the way to Whistler. I had no idea that it was so informative about what had happend here. The ride in the mine is a little short but the information given in the mine about the daily life in the mine through the years is very interesting!
This museum is definatly worth more than a short pitstop on the way between Vancouver en Whistler.

Visited June 2011
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honolulu
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“gotta check this place out”
Reviewed June 6, 2011

What a cool place to spend some time at. I was more excited than my kid at this place. The museum was informative and the renovations could clearly be seen. Love the short cart ride through the mining tunnel, the demonstration of the actual drilling tools and lamps used during the different time period and the huge dump truck in the museum area. Had fun panning for gold flakes (found 7), fool's gold and other minerals. It was a nice touch that the water was warm water instead of cold water.

would definately return to the museum. glad that its a place that the school kids can visit. well worth the admission fee.

Visited June 2011
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Vancouver
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“Had an great time with my kids as a break on the drive to Whistler.”
Reviewed March 29, 2011

Drove by the mine many times since I was a child and only remember it looking beat up and having lots of broken windows. I saw a commercial saying it had been fixed up so we stopped as a break for the kids on our drive to whistler. We were so glad we did. The kids didn't want to leave. What a fun and amazing place full of history. We loved going in the old mining tunnels and imagining what it would have been like working there long ago. The tour guides were very imformative. Panning for gold and other colourfull peices of rock (gems? my daughter seemed to think so) was a great way to end the visit. The adult entery price was a little high, but we used a two for one online coupon through the entertainment book.

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Vancouver, Canada
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“Surprisingly entertaining”
Reviewed March 17, 2011

After driving past the museum for years we finally decided to stop and are glad we did. The price is $21.50 per person, which is a bit steep. They don't offer any BCAA or BC residents discount which they really should.

There are lots of interative exhibts and the train ride into the mine is awesome. We would have spent more time wandering the grounds if the weather had been a bit nicer. We did spend some time panning for gold ( and found some !!!)

This attraction would be great for little boys who like big machines or like my 37 year old boyfriend, big boys who like machines.

Visited March 2011
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Burnaby, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“Great Fun”
Reviewed August 1, 2010

Lots of fun here-you get to wear real hard hats and go into the real mine. It's such an interesting experience. The guide shows you all the stuff the used and it's just so interesting. Totally recommend.

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