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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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Hell's Gate Airtram - Boston Bar

43111 Trans Canada Hwy
Boston Bar, British Columbia
V0K 1C0
Toll-free
Phone604-867-9277

Drive the scenic Fraser Canyon with its 7 mountain tunnels through the historic heart of BC & relive the biggest 'rush' on the Gold Rush Trail. Hell's Gate Airtram is in a location so unique, the 'afterlife' have come back to use it as a playground. Early explorers refer to it as 'a place where no human being should venture' and man and nature battle here for supremacy. Experience this place for yourself as you exchange mountain ranges aboard one of the only descending gondolas in North America.

Hell's Gate Airtram was awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence (2014).

Please note that your admission ticket is good any day during the season it was bought.

52

Huble Homestead Historic Site - Prince George

40 Km North On Mitchell Rd
Prince George, British Columbia
V2L 3G5
Toll-free
Phone250-564-7033

Huble Homestead is a heritage site located at the base of the historic Giscome Portage. Originally a homestead & fur trading post, the site has been restored to its 1915 condition & is open to the public from May to October for guided tours, lunch & shopping in the General Store. Special events are held throughout the summer featuring blacksmithing & pioneer demonstrations, entertainment, games & contests for the whole family. Huble Homestead is located 40 km north of Prince George, just off Hwy 97 on Mitchell Road.

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Kelowna Art Gallery - Kelowna

1315 Water St
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 9R3
Toll-free
Phone250-762-2226

Located in the heart of Kelowna's Cultural District in downtown Kelowna, the Kelowna Art Gallery welcomes visitors to explore the four exhibition spaces that showcase a variety of work by local, regional, and nationally recognized artists.

Join us for Family Sundays, offered every Sunday from 1:00-4:00 pm, for an exciting hands-on, art activity led by friendly artist-instructors. Admission to the exhibitions is also included.

Be sure to take advantage of our "Free Admission Thursdays!" when we stay open late from 10:00 am- 9:00 pm.

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Ktunaxa Interpretive Centre - Cranbrook

7468 Mission Rd
Cranbrook, British Columbia
V1C 7E6
Website
Toll-free
Phone250-417-4001

Hoodoos and other geological features are prominent in the Ktunaxa creation story, which reveals much about the Ktunaxa history. This fascinating story can be heard at the Ktunaxa Interpretive Centre at the St. Eugene Mission Resort, a Spanish colonial building constructed in 1910 (which operated for 60 years as a residential school for Aboriginal children). The Ktunaxa Kinbasket Tribal Council has transformed the building into a modern full-service resort. On-site is the Interpretive Centre that showcases Aboriginal contemporary arts, culture and heritage. On display are historic photographs, scale models of traditional tipis, a sturgeon-nosed canoe and many other artifacts.

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London Heritage Farm - Richmond

6511 Dyke Rd
Richmond, British Columbia
V7E 3R3
Toll-free
Phone604-271-5220

London Heritage Farm is a 1.6 hectare (4 acre) historical site that overlooks the south arm of the Fraser River. The site offers an 1890s farmhouse in a park with lovely heritage and herb gardens, the restored Spragg family barn, old farming equipment, a small hand tool museum, chickens, bees, allotments, Tea Room, Gift Shop as well as picnic tables and public washrooms.

Take a stroll through the park and heritage gardens, and stop in to the Farmhouse for a cup of our London Lady Tea and delicious home baked scones and homemade jam and other baked goods in our Tea Room. Wander through the historic farmhouse, entrance by donation.

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Mackie Lake House - Coldstream

7804 Kidston Rd
Coldstream, British Columbia
V1B 1S2
Toll-free
Phone250-545-1019

Mackie Lake House takes you back to the era of exquisite craftsmanship & features unusual styling combining arts & crafts elements with a stately chateau-style roof. Inside, pick your favourite spot - the attention to detail & the finely crafted elements welcome you as a special guest & invite you in. Nestled on the shores of Kalamalka Lake in Coldstream the Mackie Lake House is set into spacious grounds with a spectacular view.

The Mackie Lake House Foundation opens this 1910 Heritage Home & Grounds for meetings & seminars, weddings & small receptions. An event attended or booked at Mackie Lake House offers a unique & memorable experience.

Join us in the summer months for regularly scheduled tours, Artist-in-Residence & Writer-in-Residence programs, plus other special events.

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Mackin House Museum - Coquitlam

1116 Brunette Ave
Coquitlam, British Columbia
V3K 1G3
Toll-free
Phone604-516-6151

Built in 1909 for the General Manager of Fraser Mills, one of the largest mills in the British Empire at the time. It is restored to depict life in the early 1900s of Coquitlam. Mackin House is located in the historic French neighbourhood of Maillardville in Heritage Square. Many of the local streets have French names. We offer drop-in tours of the house and scheduled tours of the surrounding neighbourhood. There is a great city park across the street to play in & restaurants are close by.

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Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre - New Denver

306 Josephine St
New Denver, British Columbia
V0G 1S0
Toll-free
Phone250-358-7288

The Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre (NIMC) is a National Historic Site dedicated to preserving and sharing of the history of the internment of over 22,000 Japanese Canadians during the Second World War.

The Centre opened in 1994 as an initiative from the New Denver Kyowakai Society and is located on the site of a former internment camp. The site is now operated by the Village of New Denver. The original buildings, period artifacts, interpretive displays, and Heiwa Teien (Peace) garden chronicle this extraordinary episode in Canadian history.

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Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre - Osoyoos

1000 Rancher Creek Rd
Osoyoos, British Columbia
V0H 1V6
Toll-free888-495-8555
Phone250-495-7901

Experience "The Land, the Legends and the People" at Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre, a cultural and outdoor desert experience. View arts and cultural exhibits, audio-visual presentations and interactive displays featuring Okanagan First Nations culture and desert plants and animals.

The 22 ha site features walking trails through the sagebrush habitat, outdoor sculptures and hands-on displays. Highlights include a reconstructed aboriginal village and in the summer, daily guided walks, cultural programs and rattlesnake demonstrations. Visit Coyote's Gifts for First Nations art, jewelry, books, clothing and giftware.

Located in an award-winning, sustainable building.

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Point Ellice House - Victoria

2616 Pleasant St
Victoria, British Columbia
V8T 4V3
Toll-free
Phone250-380-6506

Historic house museum built in 1861; home of the O'Reilly family for 3 generations. Original furnishings & personal effects displayed as in the 1890-1920 period. Early Victoria pioneers. Heritage garden presently being restored to original plan. Afternoon tea served on the lawn overlooking the water 5 days a week May-August. Visitors can arrive by Harbour Ferries from Inner Harbour to our dock. Site available for wedding & other special event rentals.

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