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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1675 Tutill Crt
Merritt, British Columbia
Featured among our many displays are the 4 corner stones of our development: mining, ranching, logging & the railway. Pioneers, First Nations, James Teit & The Cowboy Judge Henry Castillou are also part of our historic collection portraying the way we were.
34 Weway Rd
Quathiaski Cove, British Columbia
Nuyumbalees means "The Beginning". The Nuyumbalees Society was founded in 1975 by Hereditary & Elected Chiefs of the KwaKwaKa' WaKw people, to negotiate the return of their Potlatch Treasures & Regalia (Kikasuw). The society is entrusted with the care & preservation of a priceless & historic collection of original KwaKwaKa' WaKw Kikasuw returned in February, 1979. The Kwagiulth Museum opened in June that same year.
A visit to the Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre is a fascinating journey that forms a link between the past, the present & the future of the Kwakwaka'wakw People. Beautiful treasures include: masks, regalia, whistles, rattles & carvings of the Sacred Potlatch Collection.
215 Cow Bay Road
Prince Rupert, British Columbia
Located on the ground floor of the Atlin Terminal on the waterfront of Prince Rupert's historic Cow Bay district, the Port Interpretive Centre tells the story of the Port of Prince Rupert. It is a story that stretches from 10,000 years ago -- when the area was a trading hub for the Tsimshian First Nation -- to the present, with the rapid growth of the port's commerce in containers, coal, and grain. At the Port Interpretive Centre, explore where we come from and where we're going. Visit us for a free tour and discover a world of opportunity.
111 First St W
Revelstoke, British Columbia
The world-famous Revelstoke Nickelodeon, Canada's only mechanical music museum, offers hour long demonstrations of its restored original antique automatic musical instruments from 18th century barrel organs to 1950's jukeboxes. Included are 19th century Swiss & German music boxes, 19th & early 20th century roll-operated pianolas, mighty pipe & reed organs, the Mills Violano electric violin, the mighty Belgian dance organ, Emperor Napoleon III's automatic piano, phonographs, record players & more. We also stage magic lantern shows & monthly vintage film nights. Tripadvisor lists us as No. 2 out of 14 on their list of best things to do in Revelstoke.
1415 Barclay St
Vancouver, British Columbia
Roedde House Museum, in Vancouver's West End, is a late-Victorian house in the Queen Anne revival style. Built in 1893 for the family of Gustav Roedde, the city's first bookbinder, it has been faithfully restored to reflect the day-to-day life of a middle class, immigrant family at the turn of the last century. Unlike many heritage houses, the rooms are not roped off or behind glass, and some of the artifacts may be handled with care. The Museum offers guided Tea & Tour Sundays, concerts, lecture series, & other cultural events. Check our website for events & exceptional closures due to special events.
1100 Hwy 3B
Rossland, British Columbia
The mountaintop city of Rossland welcomes visitors to its museum & outdoor history park. Enjoy a guided site tour of the museum outdoor displays, a mine tour video, try your hand at gold panning and visit the amazing Geology Centre. The museum displays bring Rossland's remarkable story to life for your viewing pleasure. Several new displays have been added for 2013.
675 Belleville St
Victoria, British Columbia
See all of BC at the Royal BC Museum. Experience galleries & immerse yourself in the tales of where we've been & where we are going. Discover things & people you never knew before. Experience authentic artifacts in highly realistic immersive settings - from Woolly Mammoth in his rocky, icy world, to a trip on the tar-scented HMS Discovery. Stroll through Old Town's wood-cobbled street, enjoy its shops, cinema & railway station. Visit a ceremonial Big House; see an impressive selection of First Nations totem poles & masks. Learn about BC's coastal marine life via a Victoria-era 'submarine' & see live creatures in the 360 litre aquarium. From a wide variety of optional guided tours, to ever-changing presentations by museum staff - there's something for everyone, every day.
2070 Phillips Rd
Sooke, British Columbia
Within the museum's exhibit galleries, highlights of the region's pioneer & First Nation's history & culture are presented through artifacts, historic photographs, dioramas, displays & scale models. Fine items of clothing from the 18th century, weavings, quiltings & carvings, displays of exploration, natural history, early schools, churches, farming, forestry, mining for gold & harvesting the bounty from the sea - these items & more compete for the attention of the visitor.
We also offer special group tours & meals.
Our Gift Shop offers local art & crafts, plus books, toys, clothing & much more.
4584 Blackcomb Way
Whistler, British Columbia
2012 BC Cultural Centre of the Year, the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre showcases Whistler's Aboriginal heritage through tours, singing & drumming, Native art, interactive & outdoor exhibits, crafts, food & film. The Centre features a great hall, museum, theatre, contemporary gallery, cafe & gift shop. Our exhibit map is available in several languages. This world-class attraction is a fun, family-friendly activity that provides a genuine cultural experience. Check our website for programming updates & special events. Visit our online art gallery for our full store online!
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!