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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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.
9811 Seaport Pl
Sidney, British Columbia
Sidney's waterfront aquarium is home to over 3,500 marine animals from the unique local habitats of the Salish Sea. Come face-to-face with octopus and jellies; tickle a sea cucumber or shake hands with a sea star. Open daily from 10 a.m. Visit our website for special programs and activities and to learn more.
The Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre is located in the beautiful seaside town of Sidney. Only minutes from the Victoria International Airport, Washington State ferry terminal (Anacortes/San Juan Islands) & the BC Ferries terminal at Swartz Bay, gateway to the Gulf Islands and Vancouver.
324 Front St
Kaslo, British Columbia
An International treasure, the SS Moyie is the oldest surviving intact vessel of her type in the world. At the edge of Kootenay Lake, the sternwheeler rests permanently in her former port of call at Kaslo. Owned & operated by the Canadian Pacific Railway, the SS Moyie plied the waters of Kootenay Lake for nearly 60 years. The ship has been restored with special attention to preserve her unique & elegant features. Launched in 1898 to provide connecting service to Nelson from the CPR's Crowsnest Pass line from the east, the Moyie remained a fixture on Kootenay Lake until 1957.
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.
4971 Hicks Rd
Boston Bar, British Columbia
Tuckkwiowhum Village (pronounced Tuck-we-ohm) is a First Nations heritage site & village located in Nlaka'pamux territory, 5-km south of Boston Bar, BC.
Tuckkwiowhum was given its name by our people, and means "great berry picking place". The area still boasts rolling hills & lush forests of wild huckleberries, blueberries & medicinal plants.
We offer our guests an opportunity to experience the Nlaka'pamux village lifestyle before the arrival of Europeans. See the summer lodges, smoke house, food caches, sweat lodge, earth ovens & an awe-inspiring pit house. Whether you're looking for a peaceful weekend getaway, a quick stop on the way through the canyon, or to immerse yourself in our rich lifestyle & culture, you'll find what you're looking for at Tuckkwiowhum Village.
6804 SW Marine Dr
Vancouver, British Columbia
Explore Canada's oldest continuously operating university botanical garden & immerse yourself in the world of wild-collected plants. Garden highlights include an Asian garden with over 400 different species of rhododendrons, thousands of alpine & montane plants from around the world, a traditional physic garden full of herbs, a demonstration food garden & the Greenheart Canopy Walkway eco-adventure. Also, visit the Beaty Biodiversity Museum that is close by.
750 Hornby St
Vancouver, British Columbia
A world-class art encounter awaits you at the Vancouver Art Gallery. From historical masters to groundbreaking contemporary artists, this internationally acclaimed art museum offers the city's top cultural experience. Be sure to save time for the locally-loved Gallery Café and Gallery Store! Children 12 and under go free on Sundays.
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, Vancouver Aquarium, Grouse Mountain's Viewpod & four free snowshoe rentals. Art Gallery, Bill Reid Gallery, Museum of Vancouver, Museum of Anthropology, Space Centre, Maritime Museum, BC Sports Hall, Queen Elizabeth Park Conservatory, VanDusen Gardens, Symphony, Grouse Mountain & Capilano Bridge or Whistler or Victoria tours via West Coast Sightseeing, Britannia Mine Museum, Theatresports Comedy Granville Island, kayaking, whale watching, river rafting, two for one Gastown/Chinatown Walking tours, Foodie Tour, rentals & more.
631 Courtney St
Victoria, British Columbia
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.
31187 Douglas St
Yale, British Columbia
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.