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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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Comox Air Force Museum - Comox

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

Let us take you back in time. 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 as well as an appropriately 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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Creston Museum - Creston

219 Devon St
Creston, British Columbia
V0B 1G3
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 Old-Fashioned Tea, Kids Day, or one of our other seasonal events. We have beautiful grounds with a picnic area, a gift shop featuring local history books and products by Creston Valley artists and artisans. Don't miss the model railway when you're here!

Bring your family, school, or group reunion, or join us for a special birthday party.

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Doukhobor Discovery Centre - Castlegar

112 Heritage Way
Castlegar, British Columbia
V1N 4M5
Toll-free
Phone250-365-5327

A rare heritage attraction nestled at the confluence of the Kootenay & Columbia rivers. This museum, on traditional orchard land, will introduce you to the unique skills, beliefs, culture & lifestyle of the Doukhobors as was lived circa 1908-1939.

This complete communal village offers videos, thousands of artifacts, the communal house with petch (oven), the banya (sauna), linen textiles and other crafts. The Village Gift Shop features art displays and Doukhobor Arts & Crafts for sale, CDs, books, videos and cards.

The Village Market (the blue building) is host to The Apple Guy who sells fresh produce and locally made borscht. The Village Bistro Restaurant is currently closed for renovations.

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Dreamcycle Motorcycle Museum - Sorrento

3096 Trans Canada Hwy 1
Sorrento, British Columbia
V0E 2W1
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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Fraser River Discovery Centre - New Westminster

788 Quayside Dr
New Westminster, British Columbia
V3M 6Z6
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
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
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 museum presenting the history of the West Coast fishing industry, step inside & become immersed in the sights, sounds & stories through our guided tours & interactive exhibits. Leave some time to browse our Gift Shop & the unique shops and restaurants in Steveston village.

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IMAX Victoria in the Royal BC Museum - Victoria

675 Belleville St
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 1A1
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
Toll-free
Phone604-796-9576

Your visit to Kilby General Store Museum will take you back to the 'good old days,' to the time when the Country Store was a familiar sight in rural British Columbia. You will see long forgotten brand names on the crowded shelves, goods of all descriptions hanging from the ceiling & the old pot-bellied stove near the traditional checker-board where you can match your skill with the storekeeper. From the time you open the squeaky screen door until you reluctantly leave to re-enter the hurried pace of modern day living, your experience will be an adventure into the past. This 2 hectare (5 acre) heritage attraction includes a 1906 General Store, Manchester House Hotel, Post Office, First Nations exhibit, friendly farm animals cafe & gift shop.

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