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Royal BC Museum

675 Belleville Street, Victoria, BC, Canada
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  • Royal BC MuseumPro 2014
    Eric Brink
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    5 Jul 24, 2012

    The Royal BC Museum is located within steps of Victoria's Inner Harbour (between the Fairmont Empress and the Legislative Assembly Buildings) and was well worth the price of Gayle and my admission. The Museum anchors the Royal BC Museum Cultural Precinct, a surrounding area with historical sites and monuments, including Thunderbird Park and the The Netherlands Carillon (the largest in Canada with 62 bells that toll for thee).

    The Museum proper includes three permanent Galleries (Natural History, Modern History, and First Peoples) and an IMAX Theatre. It also hosts touring exhibitions from around the world. In recent years, these included exhibitions on the RMS Titanic, Leonardo da Vinci, Egyptian artifacts, and Genghis Khan. Elizabeth II opens on June 1st and I'm sorry we missed it.

    The Dinosaurs! exhibit is very Kid friendly (for all ages) and I was pleasantly surprised on how much I enjoyed seeing a bunch of old bones come to life in various multi-media ways. That includes of course their modern successors (birds, lizards, etc.). We then took a swing through the Natural History portion as of course we could not miss the big Woolly Mammoth! The newer Climate Change section was an added bonus. The only section we didn't spend a lot of time in was the Modern History area. It's not the exhibits here weren't interesting, rather in our ~2-3 hour visit (including Thunderbird Park and the other outside stuff), some things got prioritized away until another time.

    However, the "Rock Star" of our visit to the Royal BC Museum was the First Peoples Section. The exhibits are stunning in their depiction of what First Nations life was like before and after the Europeans arrived. Particularly notable was the full size supply canoe, various Totem Poles, a goose bumps inducing Spirit Cave, the various masks and a native long house. This exhibit is apparently not without controversy as the gallery has been criticized by indigenous scholars for its portrayal of First Nations people, and its use of controversial images and film from Edward Curtis. History is written by the Victor?

    Gayle and I both separately commented that this exhibit reminded us of the Museu À Descoberta do Novo Mundo in Belmonte Portugal. That museum depicts the colonization of the native peoples of Brazil by Portugal and the associated and controversial cultural consequences. We spent most of our time here, and I wasn't ready to leave until I'd seen a few things over again. And next time I'd love to share this place with my son.

    P.S. - The Gift Shop downstairs is impressive in it's size and selection.

    Recommended for:History BuffsFamily Travelers
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    Douglas A
    5 May 31, 2014

    Wow! You can spend a whole day in here. One of the best museums in Canada. Lots of history about BC, the First Nations, and ecological time. Climate change is a re-occurring theme. Children just love it. What with an IMAX theatre and historic buildings outside, it is not a wasted day. Probably best to visit when the weather is inclement. A secret - it has the best tourist shop in town, with quality, well chosen gifts at reasonable prices. We buy our gifts here. The cafe is so-so. A bit expensive for what you get so you might want to take a picnic.

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    Liz Van Cleave at Victoria Prime Vacation Rentals
    5 Apr 15, 2014

    Our museum is awesome! I am not even a museum person, I find most of them boring, but the Royal BC one is fun and interesting and worthy of your time and money.

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    Maayan
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    5 Jul 05, 2012

    This is the most invested museum that I ever visited in. As an Art Historian, I visited many museums, but this one is so special. They have an amazing collections! from native American to African. I love their dioramas and the way the curator organized the different and various exhibitions. I loved that they created their own streets and historical spaces and locations as an integral part of the exhibition. One word to describe this museum: AMAZING!
    You will need more than two hours for it.

    Recommended for:History Buffs
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    Geoff C
    5 Feb 22, 2014

    This is a fantastic museum with lots of local history as well as amazing visiting exhibitions.

    Recommended for:Adventure TravelersArt & Design LoversHistory BuffsLocal Culture
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    Mintohouse
    5 Jul 03, 2014
    Recommended for:Budget TravelersFamily TravelersHistory BuffsLocal Culture
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    Tashi S
    5 Mar 19, 2014
    Recommended for:Art & Design LoversFamily TravelersHistory BuffsStudents
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    Melinda B
    5 May 04, 2014
    Recommended for:Family TravelersHistory BuffsLocal CultureStudents
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    Stuart Scott
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    4 Jan 16, 2014

    Very museum with a wide variety of attractions including an impressive collection of Totem Poles

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    Steve & Trish
    5 Jul 04, 2014

    It's a 10 minute walk from the City Centro Suite over to the Royal BC Museum, where you should plan to spend several hours viewing the wonderful exhibits.
    If you have time, take in a movie at the IMAX theatre while you're there. Great place to visit on a rainy or cloudy day.

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    Jayne E
    5 Oct 12, 2013

    One of the best museums in Canada, with great First Nations Exhibit, and lots of hands on activities for kids.

    Recommended for:Family Travelers
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    Beatrix C
    5 Apr 30, 2013

    large museum with many great attractions! worth going at least once too also minutes from the condo

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    4 Jul 22, 2013
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    5 Jun 23, 2013
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    5 May 21, 2013
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    5 May 07, 2013
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    5 May 04, 2013
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    Adrienne Oelrich
    5 Sep 20, 2012

    this a must go place take your time going through

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    K Dewsbury
    5 Jul 20, 2012

    This museum is a must see for anyone visiting Victoria!

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    pelliengee
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Windy today!

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Get a lesson in the history of British Columbia by visiting the Royal BC Museum. This museum is located on Belleville Street in Victoria, BC. You can view Royal BC's permanent galleries such as the First People's Galleries which showcases the history of the first national cultures before the Europeans. Also, make sure to check out their traveling galleries. After the galleries, go to the IMAX ... read more
theater to view one of their latest showings. There is a lot to see, so grab a snack and a beverage in their cafe if you need to take a break.

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