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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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Kitimat Museum & Archives - Kitimat

293 City Centre
Kitimat, British Columbia
V8C 1T6
Toll-free
Phone250-632-8950

Explore town history, multiculturalism, turn-of-the-century settlement, the 1950s Alcan Project aluminum smelter construction and Haisla arts and technology. Additional displays feature the geology, flora and fauna of the Kitimat Valley and some sea life of Douglas Channel. The temporary gallery offers changing exhibitions of arts, culture and history. We also offer summer programs for children. Visit the Museum gift shop for aluminum giftware, First Nations designs, jewelry, books and clothing. While in Kitimat, enjoy the Museum's four self-guided walkway circle routes and interpretive signs.

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Langley Centennial Museum - Langley

9135 King St
Langley, British Columbia
V1M 2S2
Toll-free
Phone604-532-3536

One of the oldest community museums in the province of British Columbia, its collection of artifacts began in 1928. Its doors have been open to the public since 1958 & its permanent displays range from a presentation of First Nation artifacts to stories of early Langley pioneers & merchants. It's rotating temporary exhibitions include contemporary & historic artwork to local history themes.

The Museum's giftshop features many unique items like glass, jewellery, clothing & artworks by local & provincial artisans intermingled with books about local & regional history. The Museum offers a wide range of public & school programs.

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Maritime Museum of British Columbia - Victoria

28 Bastion Square
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 1H9
Toll-free
Phone250-385-4222

Explore British Columbia's rich maritime history through themed galleries where you will learn about explorers, fur traders and pirates. Discover the adventure of whaling and seal hunting and relive an era of graceful travel aboard Canadian Pacific ocean liners. A family friendly Museum, children can pick up their scavenger hunt and discover hidden treasures through this 20,000 square foot museum.

Visitors can also feel the history of the building in the restored Vice-Admiralty Courtroom where Judge Matthew Baillie Begbie once presided as Chief Justice of BC and take a ride in the ornate birdcage elevator.

Want a more personalized visit? Check out our tour schedule for public tours available on a variety of topics or host your event at the Maritime.

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Miniature World - Victoria

649 Humboldt St
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 1A7
Toll-free
Phone250-385-9731

Visit with us & see the world's smallest operational sawmill & two of the world's largest doll houses, experience one of the world's largest model railroads, visit the wonderful world of the circus, take a spaceship to the stars, travel through the Enchanted Valley of Castles, witness the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace & further adventures. Tiny treasures & little pleasures await all who continue into Frontierland, Fantasyland, the Fields of Glory, the World of Dickens & much more. Special effects in lighting, sound & animation. Car park, bus parking, special family rate, air-conditioned. We've expanded for our latest, greatest exhibit - King Arthur's "Camelot"! This expansion includes eleven new exhibits depicting this timeless legend

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Museum at Campbell River - Campbell River

470 Island Hwy
Campbell River, British Columbia
V9W 4Z9
Toll-free
Phone250-287-3103

Visitors call the Museum at Campbell River on Vancouver Island "a gem of a place". Located conveniently on the Island Hwy, the Museum houses a fine collection of permanent exhibits that represent the unique culture & history of Northern Vancouver Island. Highlights include First Nations carvings & artifacts, the history of the logging & salmon fishing industries & interactive exhibits like a touch screen kiosk that especially intrigue young visitors. While you are here, be sure to watch our film about the famous Ripple Rock explosion & explore the Museum Gift Shop for local books & unique Northwest Coast art.

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Museum of Anthropology - Vancouver

6393 NW Marine Dr
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6T 1Z2
Toll-free
Phone604-827-5932

The Museum of Anthropology houses one of the world's finest displays of First Nations art in a spectacular building overlooking mountains & sea. We also host major temporary exhibits & display over 10,000 objects from around the world in our new Multiversity Galleries. Enjoy gallery tours (free with admission), exciting public programs, an elegant shop, Cafe MOA & our beautiful new outdoor reflecting pool.

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Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin - Williams Lake

113 North 4th Ave
Williams Lake, British Columbia
V2G 2C8
Toll-free
Phone250-392-7404

BC's only ranching rodeo museum & BC Cowboy Hall of Fame. Stories, photographs & artifacts tell the history of First Nations, cattle ranching, the famous Williams Lake Stampede, the town & surrounding areas. Located downtown.

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Museum of Vancouver - Vancouver

1100 Chestnut St
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6J 3J9
Toll-free
Phone604-736-4431

The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) creates Vancouver-focused exhibitions & programs that encourage dynamic conversations about what Vancouver was, is & can be. Permanent exhibitions tell the city's stories from the early 1900s to the late 1970s. At the MOV you'll experience art, contemporary issues & history. Tours of exhibitions take place the first Thursday of each month. The MOV is located in Kitsilano's scenic Vanier Park along with the HR MacMillan Space Centre & Vancouver Maritime Museum, our beautiful 1960s building is a must-see for architecture lovers & is set against a spectacular vista of ocean, city skyline & mountains.

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Nanaimo Museum - Nanaimo

Commercial Street & 100 Museum Way
Nanaimo, British Columbia
V9R 5J8
Toll-free
Phone250-753-1821

Discover our fascinating history & modern day contributions to Canada's West Coast in our 1,486 sq m (16,000 sq ft) museum located in the Vancouver Island Conference Centre. Stroll through time in our main gallery to get a sense of what life was like for Nanaimo's earliest settlers & hear stories of the Snuneymuxw First Nation. Feel what it was like below the surface in our new replica Coal Mine exhibit. The museum also manages the Bastion, an original Hudson's Bay Company outpost built in 1853. Don't miss the cannon firing at noon daily in the summer.

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Nicola Valley Museum Archives - Merritt

1675 Tutill Crt
Merritt, British Columbia
V1K 1B8
Toll-free
Phone250-378-4145

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.

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