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Museums in British Columbia have collections for all passions and interests: Aboriginal art, maritime history, railways, cowboys, gold rush relics, dinosaurs, toasters and farming equipment.

Large museums, such as Vancouver's Museum of Anthropology and Victoria's Royal BC Museum, are home to impressive displays of Aboriginal art and culture. Smaller community museums are bursting with a wealth of local artifacts, photos and stories.

Learn about trains at the Canadian Museum of Rail Travel in Cranbrook, Arctic exploration at the Vancouver Maritime Museum or the building of the Alaska Highway at Dawson Creek.

Explore the past at the Dinosaur Discovery Gallery in Tumbler Ridge and discover Aboriginal culture at Haida Heritage Centre. The cowboy lifestyle is on display at the Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin, a gold rush boomtown comes to life in Barkerville Historic Town, and the fur trade era is preserved at Fort Langley National Historic Site.

There are also some unique museums: mechanical musical instruments (in Revelstoke) and even toasters (in Stewart).

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Creston Museum - Creston

219 Devon St
Creston, British Columbia
V0B 1G3
Websitehttp://www.creston.museum.bc.ca
Toll-free
Phone250-428-9262

Find your story at the Creston Museum! Explore local history through exhibits, events and guided tours. Make use of our genealogical research services to learn more about your ancestors, and share your own stories with us. Join us for the Old-Fashioned Tea, Kids Day, or one of our other seasonal events. And don't miss the model railway! We have beautiful grounds with a picnic area, a gift shop featuring local history books and products by Creston Valley artists and artisans, and public washrooms. Bring your family, school, or group reunion, or join us for a special birthday party.

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Dreamcycle Motorcycle Museum - Sorrento

3096 Trans Canada Hwy 1
Sorrento, British Columbia
V0E 2W1
Websitehttp://www.dreamcycle.ca
Toll-free
Phone250-253-5094

Dreamcycle Motorcycle Museum has a world class, varied collection of motorcycles that spans 100+ years that includes "rarely seen" models.

Every motorcycle enthusiast will see something that connects with them. Even the "not-into-motorcycles" visitor will enjoy the art and beauty and interesting history of the motorcycles. The older visitor will walk among memories of days gone by and the young people will be inspired to dream. Audio tours are included with admission.

Visit the Gift Shop for souvenirs to high end collectibles for the discerning shopper. We feature many local artisans' wares. Stop by adjacent Sprokkets Cafe for delicious homemade food and scrumptious desserts.

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Fort St. John North Peace Museum - Fort St. John

9323 - 100th St
Fort St. John, British Columbia
V1J 4N4
Websitehttp://www.fsjmuseum.com
Toll-free
Phone250-787-0430

The Fort St. John North Peace Museum tells the story of the North Peace region from First Nations' settlements and the fur trade to the oil and gas industries of today.

Explore our tepee, trapper's cabins, fur trade artifacts, blacksmith's shop, 1921 school room, 1930s dentist office, missionary chapel, 1930 Outpost Hospital room, post office, general store, British Columbia Police Barracks, furnished rooms of a pioneer home and more!

Touch dinosaur footprints and fossils, learn how beaver felt hats were made, and sort mail in our post office. Please call ahead for guided or group tours or for more information.

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Fraser River Discovery Centre - New Westminster

788 Quayside Dr
New Westminster, British Columbia
V3M 6Z6
Websitehttp://www.fraserriverdiscovery.org
Toll-free
Phone604-521-8401

As the Voice of the Fraser, the Fraser River Discovery Centre connects individuals to BC's largest water system, the Fraser River. Together families will discover interesting facts about the Mighty Fraser through fun, hands-on, interactive exhibits, programs & events. No matter the age, there is something for everyone. So come, play, explore & discover!

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Golden Museum - Golden

1302 11th Ave S
Golden, British Columbia
V0A 1H0
Websitehttp://www.goldenbcmuseum.com
Toll-free
Phone250-344-5169

Endless opportunities to discover, reflect, teach & learn await you at the Golden Museum. Stories, photographs & artifacts tell the tale of the evolution of Kicking Horse Country from its early rough railway beginnings to its present authentic mountain culture.

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Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site - Richmond

12138 Fourth Ave
Richmond, British Columbia
V7E 3J1
Websitehttp://www.gulfofgeorgiacannery.com
Toll-free
Phone604-664-9009

Situated atop wooden pilings over the mighty Fraser River, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery is one of the few remaining 19th century salmon canneries in BC. In its heyday, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery was the largest building of its kind & the leading producer of canned salmon in BC. Now a dynamic fishing museum, step inside & become immersed in the sights, sounds & stories of the West Coast fishing industry. Guided tours & interactive exhibits will help you explore Canada's West Coast fishing industry. Leave some time to browse the wide selection of merchandise in our Gift Shop.

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Haida Heritage Centre at Kaay Llnagaay - Skidegate

2 Second Beach Rd
Skidegate, British Columbia
V0T 1S1
Websitehttp://www.haidaheritagecentre.com
Toll-free
Phone250-559-7885

The Haida Heritage Centre at Kaay Llnagaay in Skidegate on Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands), opened in July, 2007. The Centre, located at the site of the old Haida seaside village of Kaay Llnagaay, or "Sea Lion Town", showcases the living culture of the Haida, dating back over 12,000 years. Six monumental cedar totem poles carved by Haida artists stand in front of the Haida longhouses, which are connected by interior walkways & atrium space. The Centre incorporates the Haida Gwaii Museum, a gift shop, canoe house, carving shed, performing house, the Bill Reid Teaching Centre & a cafe.

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IMAX Victoria in the Royal BC Museum - Victoria

675 Belleville St
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 1A1
Websitehttp://www.imaxvictoria.com
Toll-free
Phone250-480-4887

This is the largest screen in all of BC with this IMAX, you won't just see it - you'll experience it! The immense size screen & powerful, chair shaking surround sound take you to places you can only imagine! Visit with exotic animals, travel to far-flung locations, dive deep below or soar above the earth's surface. It's IMAX - come along for the adventure.

Shows play hourly throughout the day & into the evening. Hollywood feature length films are often added to the evening schedule.

Full concession & National Geographic Store gift store on site.

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Kilby Historic Site - Harrison Mills

215 Kilby Rd
Harrison Mills, British Columbia
V0M 1L0
Websitehttp://www.kilby.ca
Toll-free
Phone604-796-9576

1920s Fraser Valley living history site with costumed interpreters. This 2 ha (5 ac) BC Heritage attraction includes our 1906 General Store Museum, Manchester House Hotel, Post Office & First Nations exhibit. Friendly farm animals & wonderful orchard playground. Restaurant, gift shop & special events. Harrison Mills is also home to the Kilby Park, located within walking distance of the historic site at the confluence of the Fraser & Harrison Rivers, on Harrison Bay. The park features our scenic 28 site campground, a day-use area, sandy beaches, nature trails & a boat launch which is open year-round. Both operated by a non profit society.

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Kitimat Museum & Archives - Kitimat

293 City Centre
Kitimat, British Columbia
V8C 1T6
Websitehttp://www.kitimatmuseum.ca
Toll-free
Phone250-632-8950

Explore town history, multiculturalism, turn-of-the-century settlement, the 1950s Alcan Project aluminum smelter construction and Haisla arts and technology. Additional displays feature the geology, flora and fauna of the Kitimat Valley and some sea life of Douglas Channel. The temporary gallery offers changing exhibitions of arts, culture and history. We also offer summer programs for children. Visit the Museum gift shop for aluminum giftware, First Nations designs, jewelry, books and clothing. While in Kitimat, enjoy the Museum's four self-guided walkway circle routes and interpretive signs.

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