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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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Barkerville Historic Town - Barkerville

14301 Hwy 26
Barkerville, British Columbia
V0K 1B0
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
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
Toll-free800-896-4044
Phone604-896-2233

A multi-million dollar make-over transformed this historic mine into a multi-award winning (2012 Mining and Sustainability Award) museum and National Historic Site. Just like miners, visitors don hardhats then climb aboard an underground train and experience a day in the life of a hard rock miner. Many surprises await, as you explore what was once the largest copper mine in the British Empire. Site includes "Groundbreaking" film, touchscreen exhibits, displays of rare minerals, entrance into the massive mill, gift shop and a unique opportunity to pan for gold. 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
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
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.

Free shuttle service offered daily (year-round) from Canada Place, Hyatt Regency, Blue Horizon and Westin Bayshore Hotel. See website for up to date schedule.

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Craigdarroch Castle - Victoria

1050 Joan Cres
Victoria, British Columbia
V8S 3L5
Toll-free
Phone250-592-5323

Built by coal baron Robert Dunsmuir during the reign of Queen Victoria and now a National Historic Site, Craigdarroch Castle has been meticulously restored, giving visitors a glimpse of privileged life in the 1890s. The Castle weaves a fascinating tale of an intriguing family - their achievements, their relationships and even their quirks. You'll find us just off Fort Street at 1050 Joan Crescent just a short drive or leisurely walk from Victoria's inner harbour. Open daily for self-guided tours.

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Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden - Vancouver

578 Carrall St
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6B 5K2
Toll-free
Phone604-662-3207

Built in 1986, the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is the first full-scale Scholar garden built outside China using traditional techniques. Covered walkways & exquisite architecture make it a delight in any weather or season, with the same relaxing, serene landscape as found in the old, private gardens of China's ancient elite. This living museum promotes the understanding of cultures through daily tours, festivals, monthly art exhibitions, music concerts & unique live theatre productions in summer. One-of-a-kind finds in the Eight Treasures Shop. Located in the heart of Chinatown, a short walk from downtown Vancouver & historic Gastown, near parking & public transit.

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Fort Langley National Historic Site - Fort Langley

23433 Mavis Ave
Fort Langley, British Columbia
V1M 2R5
Toll-free
Phone604-513-4777

Experience life as a 19th century voyageur at Fort Langley, where the colony of British Columbia was born. Hear past echoes of musket fire, pan for gold dust dreams and dress up to play pioneer. Mingle with fur traders, learn the blacksmith's art and camp in a historically-themed oTENTiks. Satisfy your curiosity with the audio tour, available in six languages, as well as demonstrations of blacksmithing and barrel-making.

(Toute notre programmation est aussi disponible en français).

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Fort Rodd Hill & Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site - Victoria

603 Fort Rodd Hill Rd
Victoria, British Columbia
V9C 2W8
Toll-free
Phone250-478-5849

Located 15 minutes west of downtown Victoria, these adjacent national historic sites offer acres of meadows & spectacular views of Esquimalt Harbour & Juan de Fuca Strait. Stroll along the ramparts of 3 coast artillery gun batteries built over 100 years ago. See original guns, intriguing underground magazines & camouflaged searchlight emplacements. Request an Audio-tour to listen to authentic stories of the people who lives there. On summer weekends, take your best shot with the Airsoft Challenge. Step inside Canada's oldest West Coast lighthouse and play with its interactive exhibits. While the kids investigate our tide pools, it's time to sit back & enjoy the moment. Check out our spring and summer events and programs.

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Fort Steele Heritage Town - Fort Steele

9851 Hwy 93/95
Fort Steele, British Columbia
V0B 1N0
Toll-free
Phone250-417-6000

With gold rush beginnings in 1864, Fort Steele has gone from boom town to regional centre to ghost town and is now one of the most important heritage attractions in British Columbia. The town site features over 60 buildings. Activities vary by season and include ice cream making, horse-drawn wagon tours, steam train rides, gold panning lessons, live theatre, museum displays and various demonstrations. See many varieties of heritage breed livestock. Fort Steele is perched on the western slopes of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

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