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The Museum of Anthropology at UBC in Vancouver
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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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Armstrong/Spallumcheen Museum and Art Gallery - Armstrong

3415 Pleasant Valley Rd
Armstrong, British Columbia
V0E 1B0
Toll-free
Phone250-546-8318

Armstrong/Spallumcheen Museum and Art Society operates a museum, archives and art gallery. This facility is open to the public by donation and makes available the artifacts, archival material and artwork of this region. The Society actively collects, organizes, houses, preserves and presents this material.

We have monthly art shows presenting artists of the North Okanagan from May through to the last week of November. The museum also operates a gift shop and contains books and postcards from the local area as well as work from local artisans.

In December we are open the last 3 weekends for the Christmas season and "Festival of Trees".

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Ashcroft Museum - Ashcroft

402 Brink St
Ashcroft, British Columbia
V0K 1A0
Toll-free
Phone250-453-9161

Rated as one of the best museums in the interior, come explore Ashcroft during the late 1800's. Examine First Nation handcrafts & local history & see China Town in its heyday. A visit to our museum is much like walking down a country lane and peaking into different homes and businesses. See a dining room table set for dinner or allow a local mercantile to take you back in time. We are fortunate to have some very rare items in our exhibit. There are special areas that pay special attention to our First Nation and Chinese inhabitants and the role they played in our history.

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BC Farm Museum - Fort Langley

9131 King St
Fort Langley, British Columbia
V1M 2R6
Toll-free
Phone604-888-2273

Bring the children, grandchildren, or your tourist guests to see the largest collection of pioneer artifacts in Western Canada. Two large buildings in Fort Langley - near the HBC Fort. You will find the most interesting collection of pioneer effects, tractors, carriages, small engines, as well as model engines. See the farm kitchen, the parlour & the textile room exhibiting a historic loom & sewing machines. Check out the working windmills & the large steam engine. The archival reference library contains thousands of books, manuals, magazines & other agricultural documents plus early photos. A great reference source for students of all ages. In 2015 we are adding new exciting interactive computer tablet terminals so you can watch many of our items in operation. Take all the photos you like.

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BC Forest Discovery Centre - Duncan

2892 Drinkwater Rd
Duncan, British Columbia
V9L 6C2
Toll-free866-715-1113
Phone250-715-1113

The BC Forest Discovery Centre is a 40 ha (100 ac) open air museum. With 2.5 km of narrow gauge rail line visitors explore the site on one of the Centre's gas or steam locomotives. Large logging equipment, vintage industrial vehicles & historical buildings make up only a portion of the Centre's unique collection of forestry-related artifacts. A mature second growth forest, trails through Somenos Wetlands & a picnic site on Somenos Lake make this a must see attraction for Southern Vancouver Island. Easy to find, located just north of Duncan on the Trans Canada Hwy.

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Beaty Biodiversity Museum - Vancouver

2212 Main Mall
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6T 1Z4
Toll-free
Phone604-827-4955

Fall in love with the diversity of life as you explore over 500 natural history exhibits & stare through the jaws of the largest creature ever to live on Earth, a 26-metre-long blue whale skeleton! The museum houses six major collections including fish, fossils, shells, insects, fungi, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians & plant specimens from around British Columbia & the world. Drop-in public programs include activity stations, tours, crafts, puppet shows & more. The museum also hosts interesting lectures, workshops & temporary art exhibits. Visit our website for more information. Also check out UBC Botanical Garden & Greenheart Canopy Walkway.

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Burnaby Village Museum - Burnaby

6501 Deer Lake Ave
Burnaby, British Columbia
V5G 3T6
Toll-free
Phone604-297-4565

Where history comes to life. Stroll down the streets of our 1920s village exploring the heritage & replica buildings. Period costumed townsfolk give demonstrations in the homes, businesses and shops: watch the blacksmith at forge, listen to the rhythm of the platen press, mind the teacher in the schoolhouse, catch an old movie in the theatre and hear stories about the Love family and their Farmhouse. Be sure to take in the elegance of the Interurban #1223; a mode of transportation ahead of its time. A ride on the 1912 CW Parker Carousel is sure to please both the young and the young at heart. The village grounds include gardens, and grassy meadow and fish-bearing brook.

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Central BC Railway & Forestry Museum - Prince George

850 River Rd
Prince George, British Columbia
V2L 5S8
Toll-free
Phone250-563-7351

The Railway and Forestry Museum is a place to explore.

Climb aboard locomotives, plows, speeders, fire engines and railcars. Ever been inside a beehive burner? Tour Penny Station and relive 1915 through the eyes of the old Station Master. The museum also has an incredible selection of chainsaws dating back to 1938 as well as the really big forestry equipment used in the early logging days of Prince George.

See the whole park on the Cottonwood Mini Rail ride and leave some time to learn about what's in our latest exhibit and visit the unique 'trains' gift shop.

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Chilliwack Museum & Archives - Chilliwack

45820 Spadina Ave
Chilliwack, British Columbia
V2P 1T3
Toll-free
Phone604-795-5210

The Chilliwack Museum is located at the Chilliwack City Hall National Historic Site, a 1911 Beaux Arts building designed by architect Thomas Hooper. The temporary gallery presents exhibits on modern issues within an historical context, while permanent exhibits show how aboriginal people & newcomers got together after the 1858 gold rush to create a new culturally diverse community. The Chamber's Gallery offers a variety of changing art exhibits. Local history books & work by local artisans are available in the Gift Shop.

The Chilliwack Archives is the central repository for eastern Fraser Valley records & provides researchers with access to photographs, books, documents, government records, newspapers, sound recordings & maps. Our friendly staff can help answer almost any question on the history of the area.

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Comox Air Force Museum - Comox

19 Wing Comox/CFB Comox
Comox, British Columbia
V0R 2K0
Toll-free
Phone250-339-8162

Come celebrate the history of 19 Wing Comox & West Coast Canadian Military Aviation. Relive the daring exploits of BC's Airmen in the short-lived Royal Flying Corps of Canada (1917-1918) & Canadian Air Force (1918-1924) through the glory years of the Royal Canadian Air Force (1924-1968), the consolidation of the forces in 1968 & on into the present day, all with a local focus. All of 19 Wing's squadrons, past & present, are represented. Our museum has a Heritage Air Park, exhibiting aircraft from the past including the Y2K Spitfire Restoration Project, a well-stocked Gift Shop & an aviation reference library. Admission is by donation.

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Courtenay & District Museum - Courtenay

207 4th St
Courtenay, British Columbia
V9N 1G7
Toll-free
Phone250-334-0686

Visit the Courtenay & District Museum. For over 45 years, we've been keen about the natural & cultural heritage of the breathtaking Comox Valley & we like to show it off. Are we serious about what we do? You bet - science, academic research, interpretation, preservation & having fun! Be our guest to find out why the Comox Valley - past & present, is one of the most plentiful places on earth. Take a fossil tour & travel 80 million years back in time; browse our galleries to delve into the stories that make our history come alive. Check out our website for Kids Camps!

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