Victoria (Royal British Columbia Museum photo)
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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333 Becott Pl
Prince George, British Columbia
Our galleries showcase local heritage, First Nations, natural history, science & paleontological exhibits. Visit in the Biome Gallery with our collection of live arthropods, fish, amphibians and reptiles. Play billiards on the first table in the North. Our shortest visitors will love our dino dig pit, sternwheeler play structure and water table. We feature travelling exhibitions that change with the seasons. Some days in the summer we are operating Canada's shortest railroad featuring our 1912 narrow gauge steam engine The Little Prince - call for dates and times.
Come stretch your legs and your brains; located along the Fraser River in beautiful Fort George Park. We can't wait to welcome you!
57 Horne St S
Cranbrook, British Columbia
Trains Deluxe received National Historic Designation in 2011 and is different from other railway museums. It displays complete vintage 'sets' known as 'Deluxe Hotels-On-Wheels' from the 1880s to the 1930s, filled with exotic inlaid woods, stained & bevelled glass, plush carpets & upholstery. Awards that the museum has garnered include but are not limited to: 2007 Heritage Canada's 2007 "Gold Medal Achievement Award for the restoration of the Royal Alexandra Hall; 2007 "Order of Canada" to Garry Anderson Executive Director for the development of the Canadian Museum of Rail Travel & the Cranbrook Archives, Museum and Landmark Foundation.
1 Front Street
Alert Bay, British Columbia
Potlatches were banned in Canada between 1885 & 1951. Since 1922, some of our most treasured masks & ceremonial objects had been in the hands of museums in Canada, England & the United States, taken away at a time of great sorrow when a law deemed the potlatch was illegal. After years of effort, many of the confiscated treasures were successfully repatriated to their rightful owners, the Kwakwaka'wakw, & are now housed carefully in the U'mista Cultural Centre, called' The Potlatch Collection'.
The U'mista Cultural Centre Gift Shop is internationally known for its wide selection of authentic Kwakwa_ka_'wakw fine art, crafts & souvenirs.
750 Hornby St
Vancouver, British Columbia
A world-class art encounter waits at the Vancouver Art Gallery. From historical masters to groundbreaking contemporary artists, this internationally acclaimed art museum in the heart of the city offers Vancouver's top cultural experience. Be sure to save time for the locally-loved Gallery Café and fabulous Gallery Store!
1905 Ogden Ave
Vancouver, British Columbia
Discover the history & maritime traditions of the Pacific Coast. Step back in time to 1944 on board St Roch, Canada's celebrated RCMP Arctic schooner. Wander the ship's narrow corridors where you are one of the crew on her second & most famous voyage through the treacherous Northwest Passage. Explore many exhibits such as shipwrecks, early fur trade, deep ocean exploration & more. Young at heart will entertain & experience the fun of Children's Maritime Discovery Centre & classic vessels in Heritage Harbour. Minutes from downtown at south end of Burrard St Bridge & a short stroll to Granville Island.
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Hwy 62 High Level Rd
Hazelton, British Columbia
As a replicated ancient village, 'Ksan illustrates many features of a Gitxsan village from the distant past. 'Ksan's houses form a single line with each building facing the river and the large decorated house fronts and totem poles are visible from the water. In conjunction with other features, such as the smoke house and food cache, 'Ksan illustrates characteristics typical of a past Gitxsan village. The museum is the oldest component of the Village and houses over 600 pieces. Comprised of both ceremonial and utilitarian materials, this collection illustrates the great diversity within the material culture of the Gitxsan.
Trans Canada Hwy 1
Revelstoke, British Columbia
Experience life in the 1800s while exploring over 25 historic buildings in our
Heritage Ghost Town. These restored & fully furnished buildings have been gathered from around BC & assembled near the site of the original town of Three Valley, which swelled & subsided in the 1880s. Highlights of your visit will include the Antique Car Museum, Monashee Mining exhibit & a huge Railway Roundhouse - home to steam engines, railway coaches & one of the largest covered turntables in North America. The Heritage Ghost Town is located next to Three Valley Lake Chateau, an extraordinary resort destination on the Trans-Canada Hwy.
7011 Pioneer Ave
Agassiz, British Columbia
Agassiz is a friendly agricultural community known for healthy, country living & endless outdoor activities.
The Agassiz-Harrison Museum & Visitor Information Centre is housed in an 1893 CPR station. Our museum offers railway history, period clothing, artifacts, photographs & stories of pioneer life. In our Gift Shop you will find all things local; art, jewelry, preserves, books, pottery, woodwork & many more handcrafted items.
While visiting our area explore the Agassiz/Harrison Mills Circle Farm Tour, water sports, fishing, hiking, cycling, skiing in the picturesque Fraser Valley.
Visit the Farmers Market every Thursday in the museum parking lot during the summer.
The Visitor Informaton Centre can help you find & plan your visit to the area.
Well worth the visit to our community!
Port Alberni, British Columbia
The Alberni Pacific Railway, located in downtown Port Alberni, is one of Vancouver Island's premiere attractions. From the fully-restored 1912 CPR Train Station, guests will board the train pulled by a 1929 Baldwin steam locomotive. The track winds through the City of Port Alberni, past the Chase & Warren Estate Winery, and through the surrounding forest for approximately 10 kms, before arriving at the McLean Mill National Historic Site, the only commercially operating steam sawmill in Canada. The trip takes 35 minutes so you'll have the opportunity to sit back & enjoy the scenery as you're serenaded by the sound of steam whistles & the clatter of steel wheels on steel rails.
14301 Hwy 26
Barkerville, British Columbia
Barkerville is the largest heritage site in Western North America & a National Historic Site of Canada. Founded in 1862, Barkerville is an adventure destination like no other; rich in history, full of life. Meet colourful characters from Barkerville's past, watch Judge Begbie hold Victorian criminals accountable, see authentic gold rush theatre & witness a Cornish Waterwheel in action. Pan for gold, visit exotic Chinatown, go to school 1800s-style or tour the town at your own pace while visiting 140+ historic buildings & displays. Barkerville's merchants, restaurants & accommodations will provide everything you need for a genuinely comfortable trip into BC's golden age.