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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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Vancouver Maritime Museum - Vancouver

1905 Ogden Ave
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6J 1A3
Websitehttp://www.vanmaritime.com
Toll-free
Phone604-257-8300

Discover the history & maritime traditions of the Pacific Coast. Step back in time to 1944 on board St Roch, Canada's celebrated RCMP Arctic schooner. Wander the ship's narrow corridors where you are one of the crew on her second & most famous voyage through the treacherous Northwest Passage. Explore many exhibits such as shipwrecks, early fur trade, deep ocean exploration & more. Young at heart will entertain & experience the fun of Children's Maritime Discovery Centre & classic vessels in Heritage Harbour. Minutes from downtown at south end of Burrard St Bridge & a short stroll to Granville Island.

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West Coast Railway Heritage Park - Squamish

39645 Government Rd
Squamish, British Columbia
V8B 0B6
Websitehttp://www.wcra.org
Toll-free
Phone604-898-9336

Home of the Royal Hudson steam locomotive, as well as Western Canada's largest collection of Heritage Railway equipment, the West Coast Railway Heritage Park is located at Squamish. Ride the 3 km Miniature Railway. Climb aboard snowplows, cabooses & locomotives. Learn how Canada's mail was processed on rails in the only authentic restored Railway Post Office car in Canada. Town centre featuring the Brightbill Heritage House & the Squamish station designed in 1915, but not built until 2000. Please call ahead to confirm information for special events.

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3 Valley Gap Heritage Ghost Town - Revelstoke

Trans Canada Hwy 1
Revelstoke, British Columbia
V0E 2S0
Websitehttp://www.3Valley.com
Toll-free888-667-2109
Phone250-837-2109

Experience life in the 1800s while exploring over 25 historic buildings in our Heritage Ghost Town. These restored & fully furnished buildings have been gathered from around BC & assembled near the site of the original town of Three Valley, which swelled & subsided in the 1880s. Highlights of your visit will include the Antique Car Museum, Monashee Mining exhibit & a huge Railway Roundhouse - home to steam engines, railway coaches & one of the largest covered turntables in North America. The Heritage Ghost Town is located next to Three Valley Lake Chateau, an extraordinary resort destination on the Trans-Canada Hwy.

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Agassiz-Harrison Museum & Visitor Info Centre - Agassiz

7011 Pioneer Ave
Agassiz, British Columbia
V0M 1A0
Websitehttp://www.agassizharrisonmuseum.org
Toll-free
Phone604-796-3545

Agassiz is a friendly agricultural community known for healthy, country living & endless outdoor activities.

The Agassiz-Harrison Museum & Visitor Information Centre is housed in an 1893 CPR station. Our museum offers railway history, period clothing, artifacts, photographs & stories of pioneer life. In our Gift Shop you will find all things local; art, jewelry, preserves, books, pottery, woodwork & many more handcrafted items.

While visiting our area explore the Agassiz/Harrison Mills Circle Farm Tour, water sports, fishing, hiking, cycling, skiing in the picturesque Fraser Valley. Visit the Farmers Market every Thursday in the museum parking lot during the summer.

The Visitor Informaton Centre can help you find & plan your visit to the area.

Well worth the visit to our community!

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Arts & Cultural Guide to British Columbia - New Westminster

Websitehttp://www.art-bc.com
Toll-free888-981-9886
Phone604-521-7887

The Arts & Cultural Guide to BC is a free bi-annual full-colour guide to over 400 art galleries, museums, studios, gardens, wineries, heritage & cultural sites found in BC. Copies of this indispensable guide for the culture-loving traveller can be found at over 700 locations throughout BC; at visitor information centres, airports, BC Ferries & over 400 arts & cultural locations displaying the 'ART-BC Recommended' logo on premises...your assurance of an authentic experience.

For the lover of theatre, music, art walks, exhibits, museums & wine, the on-line guide is only as far away as your mobile device. The Arts & Cultural Guide to BC is your resource to create your own self-guided discovery of the unique cultural footprints of BC's diverse communities. Our communities, our culture, yours to discover!

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Barkerville Historic Town - Barkerville

14301 Hwy 26
Barkerville, British Columbia
V0K 1B0
Websitehttp://www.barkerville.ca
Toll-free888-994-3332
Phone250-994-3332

Barkerville is the largest heritage site in Western North America & a National Historic Site of Canada. Founded in 1862, Barkerville is an adventure destination like no other; rich in history, full of life. Meet colourful characters from Barkerville's past, watch Judge Begbie hold Victorian criminals accountable, see authentic gold rush theatre & witness a Cornish Waterwheel in action. Pan for gold, visit exotic Chinatown, go to school 1800s-style or tour the town at your own pace while visiting 140+ historic buildings & displays. Barkerville's merchants, restaurants & accommodations will provide everything you need for a genuinely comfortable trip into BC's golden age.

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Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art - Vancouver

639 Hornby St
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6C 2G3
Websitehttp://www.billreidgallery.ca
Toll-free
Phone604-682-3455

A public gallery for Contemporary Aboriginal Art of the Northwest Coast named after the acclaimed Haida artist Bill Reid (1920-1998). The Gallery showcases the permanent collection of Bill Reid alongside changing exhibitions of contemporary Northwest Coast art. Highlights include stunning gold & silver jewelry, monumental sculptures & a towering totem pole by James Hart of Haida Gwaii. Visit the Gallery Gift Shop for a selection of original works & prints by local Northwest Coast artists, distinctive jewelry, accessories, books, cards & more. Located in the heart of downtown, just steps from the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver & Canada Line skytrain.

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Britannia Mine Museum - Britannia Beach

Hwy 99
Britannia Beach, British Columbia
V0N 1J0
Websitehttp://www.britanniaminemuseum.ca
Toll-free800-896-4044
Phone604-896-2233

Last century, it was a working mine. It turned out massive amounts of copper & other minerals. Today, it's a National Historic Site & a bustling, award-winning Museum, turning out awe-inspiring sights & memorable family experiences.

So much to see & do. Take a trip similar to miners in 1914. Climb aboard our mine train & chug into a real haulage tunnel. Inside, tour guides describe early mining efforts with actual working drills. Pan for real gold! Wander freely & examine much of the mine's equipment left intact. Come on up. See why Trip Advisor gave it 4.5 stars! To reach the Britannia Mine Museum, head north on the Sea to Sky Highway. Watch for signs mid-way to Whistler.

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Britannia Shipyards, National Historic Site - Richmond

5180 Westwater Dr
Richmond, British Columbia
V7E 6P3
Websitehttp://www.richmond.ca/britannia
Toll-free
Phone604-718-8050

Britannia Shipyards, National Historic Site is an authentic representation of a once thriving community of canneries, boatyards, residences & stores. Tour the oldest shipyard buildings in BC & observe ongoing boat restoration projects in this active waterfront park along the Fraser River. Explore exhibits & take part in programs that interpret life on the river & the experiences of the multicultural community that called Britannia home.

Many of the buildings date back to 1885 & tell the stories of multi-ethnic residents & workers at the Britannia Cannery & Britannia Shipyard: Chinese, European, First Nations & Japanese. This collection of buildings has national value & was designated a National Historic Site in 1992 by the National Historic Sites & Monuments Board.

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Capilano Suspension Bridge Park - North Vancouver

3735 Capilano Rd
North Vancouver, British Columbia
V7R 4J1
Websitehttp://www.capbridge.com
Toll-free
Phone604-985-7474

Appreciate nature from three breathtaking perspectives - world famous Capilano Suspension Bridge, the seven bridges of Treetops Adventure & the thrilling new Cliffwalk, a heart-stopping journey along the granite cliff high above Capilano River.

The 137 m (450 ft) long, 70 m (230 ft) high Capilano Suspension Bridge has thrilled visitors since 1889. While the wobbly bridge has become a Vancouver landmark, Capilano Suspension Bridge Park offers an all-encompassing BC experience. History, culture & nature are presented through knowledgeable staff & interpretive signage. Seasonal events like Raptors Ridge birds of prey June to October & Canyon Lights in December enhance this year-round destination.

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