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The Museum of Anthropology at UBC in Vancouver
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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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Vancouver City Passport - Vancouver

Toll-free
Phone604-694-2489

This is Vancouver's Attraction Passport; valid for singles, couples, or families. Valid for up to two adults, two children. Save hundreds of dollars on your visit! 2-for-1's or up to 50% off admission to over 60 attractions, museums, sightseeing tours, 18 restaurants & daytrips. Includes the Vancouver Aquarium; The Lookout; Vancouver Trolley Day Tour & Halloween & Christmas Trolley; Grouse Mountain & four free snowshoe rentals; Vancouver Art Gallery; Bill Reid Gallery; Museum of Vancouver; Museum of Anthropology; Space Centre; Maritime Museum; BC Sports Hall of Fame; Bloedel Conservatory; VanDusen Gardens; Symphony; Grouse Mountain & Capilano Bridge, Whistler or Victoria tours with West Coast Sightseeing; Britannia Mine Museum; Theatresports on Granville Island; kayaking; whale watching; river rafting; 2-for-1 Gastown/Chinatown Walking tours, Foodie Tour, rentals & more.

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Victoria Bug Zoo Inc. - Victoria

631 Courtney St
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 1B8
Toll-free
Phone250-384-2847

Welcome to the amazing world of insects, arachnids, and their many-legged relatives. A visit to this must see mini-zoo provides visitors with an opportunity to view and experience bugs from around the world. Discover over 40 species including beautiful praying mantis, giant walkingsticks, glow-in-the-dark scorpions, and Canada's largest ant farm. Knowledgeable tour guides provide insight into the lives of these amazing animals and a safe, fun bug handling experience for the more bold. Don't forget your camera. The gift shop carries unique gifts for the whole family. From local art, educational books, toy bugs, space-age ant farms, to edible bug snacks! While in Victoria, make sure you don't miss the Bug Zoo.

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Yale Historic Site & Museum - Yale

31187 Douglas St
Yale, British Columbia
V0K 2S0
Toll-free
Phone604-863-2324

Visit our 1870's 'Creighton House' museum where artifacts & collections from Yale's historic past are on display. Tour St. John the Divine Church (1863) & then step back in time to the Living History 'tent city' & learn what life was like in the early days of the 1858 gold rush. Try your hand at gold panning, take a historic walking tour or just relax & absorb the history in our beautiful setting surrounded by mountains and the Fraser River. There are several picnic areas & historic trails within the town. Pioneer Cemetery tours are also available.

Our gift store carries a wide selection of items for all ages.

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