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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Landsea Tours offers daily scheduled half-day & full-day mini-coach sightseeing excursions to include Vancouver, Victoria, Whistler & more - maximum of 24 guests per bus. See it all: Stanley Park, Chinatown, Gastown, Granville Island Market, Alaska cruise ships, Capilano Suspension Bridge, Grouse Mountain & Butchart Gardens. Combine a Victoria tour with whale watching or a floatplane flight, or a Whistler tour with the Whistler Mountaineer train by Rocky Mountaineer. Driver/guides create memorable sightseeing experiences by sharing their extensive knowledge of area history, geography & current events & in answering guests' individual questions.
Private tours & transfers are also available: SUVs, Mercedes Sprinter Vans & Mini-Coaches available.
6511 Dyke Rd
Richmond, British Columbia
London Heritage Farm is a 4 acre (1.6 hectare) historical site that overlooks the south arm of the Fraser River. The site offers an 1890s farmhouse in a park-like setting with lovely heritage & herb gardens, the restored Spragg family barn, old farming equipment, a small hand tool museum, chickens, bees, allotments & large lawns, tea room, gift shop as well as picnic tables & public washrooms.
The Farmhouse has been fully restored & furnished to reflect life in Richmond during the 1880 to 1930 era. Rooms display the furniture, pictures, clothing, quilts & everyday articles of the era & many London family photographs hang throughout the house, giving you a glimpse into their history.
Owned by the City of Richmond & operated by the London Heritage Farm Society.
306 Josephine St
New Denver, British Columbia
The Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre (NIMC) is a National Historic Site dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of the internment of over 22,000 Japanese Canadians during the Second World War.
The Centre opened in 1994 as an initiative from the New Denver Kyowakai Society and is located on the site of a former internment camp. The original buildings, period artifacts, interpretive displays, and Heiwa Teien (Peace) garden chronicle this extraordinary episode in Canadian history.
1000 Rancher Creek Rd
Osoyoos, British Columbia
Experience "The Land, the Legends and the People" at Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre, a cultural and outdoor desert experience. View arts and cultural exhibits, audio-visual presentations and interactive displays featuring Okanagan First Nations culture and desert plants and animals. The 22 ha site features walking trails through the sagebrush habitat, outdoor sculptures & hands-on displays. Highlights include a reconstructed aboriginal village and in the summer, features daily guided walks, cultural programs and rattlesnake demonstrations. Visit Coyote's Gifts for First Nations art, jewelry, books, clothing and giftware. Located in an award-winning, sustainable building.
1889 Skeena Dr
Port Edward, British Columbia
North Pacific Cannery's history is unique and is comparable to few if any of the other canneries on the west coast of North America. North Pacific Canning Company was formed on November 28, 1888 by Angus Rutherford Johnston, John Alexander Carthew & Alexander Gilmore McCandless.
Experience the history of BC's oldest surviving salmon cannery. It is located on the outskirts of Port Edward. Take a walk along the boardwalks and experience early coastal lifestyle. Tours and plays offered daily. Gift shop, restaurant & accommodations available.
1245 E Island Hwy
Parksville, British Columbia
Situated on the the beautiful grounds of Craig Heritage Park, the Parksville Museum & Archives is a gateway to the past. The museum is home to eight restored heritage buildings (including a turn-of-the-century schoolhouse & the town's original firehall) as well as hundreds of artifacts that help bring the past to life. The museum is also host to an extensive archival collection chronicling the lives of early pioneers in the area. With fun activities for all ages, including seniors & children, the Parksville Museum & Archives is a unique & exciting destination where the past comes alive!
2616 Pleasant St
Victoria, British Columbia
Historic house museum built in 1861; home of the O'Reilly family for 3 generations. Original furnishings & personal effects displayed as in the 1890-1920 period. Early Victoria pioneers. Heritage garden presently being restored to original plan. Afternoon tea served on the lawn overlooking the water 5 days a week May-August. Visitors can arrive by Harbour Ferries from Inner Harbour to our dock for $5. Admission to house & gardens is $6 (adults), $4 for students, $3 for those 6-12. Tea includes tour; $25 plus tax. Site available for wedding & other special event rentals.
1455 Quebec St
Vancouver, British Columbia
Science World at TELUS World of Science awaits you with popular, hands-on interactive displays, inspirational feature exhibitions, and awesome shows.
Watch a giant-screen film in our OMNIMAX Theatre, or engage in a live science demonstration. Spark your imagination in galleries featuring nature, physics, and life sciences. When the weather is nice, explore our new outdoor Ken Spencer Science Park.
200-355 Yellowhead Hwy
Kamloops, British Columbia
Museum exhibits feature oral history and legends of the Secwepemc (Shuswap) with historical photos and artifacts. Visit archaeological remains of a 2000 year old village, reconstructed pithouses, ethnobotanical gardens showing traditional plant use. A marsh attracts many birds for viewing.
470 Belleville Street
Victoria, British Columbia
Located in the restored historic steamship terminal in Victoria's Inner Harbour, The Robert Bateman Centre displays the largest exhibit of original works by the world's greatest wildlife artist.
From the wilderness of Africa to Canada's Arctic, this exhibit of over 100 pieces unleashes the full scope of Robert Bateman's work.
Travel through the galleries with Bateman's personal multi-media commentary, & hear stories about his life & the nature he has so closely studied.
The net proceeds from the Robert Bateman Centre gallery & the Thinking Like a Mountain gift shop support the work of the Bateman Foundation, a national public charity working to enable a worldwide movement that cherishes naturea a a fundamental key to human survival & happiness.