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Thunderbird Park in the Royal BC Museum Cultural Precinct, Victoria

Victoria

Museums

Antiques in a window (David Gluns photo)

Antiques in a window (David Gluns photo)

Museums in Victoria cut a wide swath through British Columbia's history.

Step back in time at the Royal BC Museum, where life-like galleries transport visitors past a woolly mammoth and down a cobbled street in Old Town. Take a lesson in nautical history at the hands-on Maritime Museum of British Columbia.

For a look at the past, visit Helmcken House, Emily Carr House and Craigdarroch Castle, which all preserve daily life in the 1800s.

Within easy reach of Victoria are the Sooke Region Museum and BC Aviation Museum in Sidney. Clamber up a historic lighthouse at the former, then imagine aircraft humming along at the latter.

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

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8 Museums in Victoria

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IMAX Victoria in the Royal BC Museum - Victoria

675 Belleville St
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 1A1
Toll-free
Phone250-480-4887

This is the largest screen in all of BC with this IMAX, you won't just see it - you'll experience it! The immense size screen & powerful, chair shaking surround sound take you to places you can only imagine! Visit with exotic animals, travel to far-flung locations, dive deep below or soar above the earth's surface. It's IMAX - come along for the adventure.

Shows play hourly throughout the day & into the evening. Hollywood feature length films are often added to the evening schedule.

Full concession & National Geographic Store gift store on site.

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Miniature World - Victoria

649 Humboldt St
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 1A7
Toll-free
Phone250-385-9731

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. We've expanded for our latest, greatest exhibit - King Arthur's "Camelot"! This expansion includes eleven new exhibits depicting this timeless legend

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Royal British Columbia Museum - Victoria

675 Belleville St
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 9W2
Toll-free888-447-7977
Phone250-356-7226

See all of BC at the Royal BC Museum. Experience galleries & immerse yourself in the tales of where we've been & where we are going. Discover things & people you never knew before. Experience authentic artifacts in highly realistic immersive settings - from Woolly Mammoth in his rocky, icy world; to a trip on the tar-scented HMS Discovery. Stroll through Old Town's wood-cobbled street, enjoy its shops, cinema & railway station.

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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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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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