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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9135 King St
Langley, British Columbia
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.
28 Bastion Square
Victoria, British Columbia
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.
649 Humboldt St
Victoria, British Columbia
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.
Expansion+ 11 new exhibits coming May 2014!
470 Island Hwy
Campbell River, British Columbia
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.
6393 NW Marine Dr
Vancouver, British Columbia
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.
113 North 4th Ave
Williams Lake, British Columbia
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.
1100 Chestnut St
Vancouver, British Columbia
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.
Commercial Street & 100 Museum Way
Nanaimo, British Columbia
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.
1675 Tutill Crt
Merritt, British Columbia
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.
34 Weway Rd
Quathiaski Cove, British Columbia
The majestic backdrop of Discovery Passage frames the Village of Cape Mudge on Quadra Island, home to Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre. Established in 1979, Nuyumbalees was the first museum of its kind in Canada, designed specifically to house the Sacred Potlatch Collection. This unique grouping of masks, ceremonial items and regalia was repatriated from the federal government.
Visitors can view over 250 items removed during the Anti-Potlatch era (1884-1951), as well as stone tools displays, pre-contact basketry, and historic Totem and Welcome Poles located in our Carving Shed. At the Ah Wah Qwa Dzas guests will see several petroglyph, more than 2500 years old. Traditional Salmon BBQ dinner & dance performances held May - Sept (reservations are required).
Gift Shop and Tours are available throughout the year.