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Vancouver Island

Museums

Antiques in a window (David Gluns photo)

Antiques in a window (David Gluns photo)

Museums on Vancouver Island celebrate Aboriginal culture, maritime exploration, forestry, beachcombing and even fossils.

The U’mista Cultural Centre (in Alert Bay) is home to a significant First Nations potlatch collection, while the Quw’ustun’ Cultural Centre (in Duncan) brings history to life with traditional dancing demonstrations.

Learn about industries such as logging, fishing and the railway at the BC Forest Discovery Centre (in Duncan), Alberni Maritime Museum (in Port Alberni) and the Museum at Campbell River.

Prefer something that’s off the beaten path? Billy’s Museum at Echo Bay is home to a collection of random objects that have washed ashore.

Visitor Centres have information on local museums and historic sites. Check the hours of operation for museums, as they may vary by season.

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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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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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Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre - Sidney

9811 Seaport Pl
Sidney, British Columbia
V8L 4X3
Toll-free
Phone250-665-7511

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.

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Victoria Bug Zoo Inc. - Victoria

631 Courtney St
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 1B8
Toll-free
Phone250-384-2847

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.

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