Royal BC Museum in Victoria

Comments 6 by Rebecca Bollwitt

One of the highlights of any Victoria trip for me is always the Royal BC Museum. They have seasonal exhibits combined with traditional displays and the IMAX which make it enjoyable for all ages, any time of year.

Royal BC Museum

We were on a mission to explore “Treasures: The World’s Cultures of the British Museum” that is in Victoria until September of this year and spent the better part of an hour perusing all of the dazzling ancient artifacts.

Royal BC Museum

The self-guided tour leads you through displays starting with Africa, moving on to the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Oceania, America and the Modern World. You’ll see everything from a mummy, to the Rosetta Stone, busts of Marcus Aurelius, a Rembrandt sketch, ancient carved Buddha statues, and gold masks from Columbia.

Photo credit: (c) The Trustees of the British Museum – Deir elBahri, Thebes, Egypt , Early 22nd Dynasty, ca 930 BC, Papyrus
Photo credit: (c) The Trustees of the British Museum – Found at Olympia, Greece ca 460 BC, Bronze

The features at the Royal BC Museum always draw a crowd and they saw the highest attendance of almost a half a million visitors during their 2007 Titanic exhibit.

On any given day you can explore the National History Gallery (home of that famous Wolly Mammoth), and the Human History Gallery that features everything from First Nations history to a Modern History Gallery. John said thanks to these exhibits he’s been able to learn more about the province and our nation – they’re personal favourites of mine as well. They’ve also included a permanent Climate Change feature that features everything from the Pine Beetle to exploring weather patterns at interactive computer stations.

Royal BC Museum

You are welcome to take photographs (without flash) throughout the museum, except in the special exhibit halls or where otherwise noted. If you regularly frequent the museum (more than once a year) it would be worth looking into an annual pass, which is only $45 for adults. Many other attractions over in the Vancouver area offer annual or family passes for locals and I think they’re tremendous deals e.g. the Vancouver Aquarium.

Royal BC Museum

Outside the Royal BC Museum you’ll spot the Netherlands Carillon bell tower, thunderbird park, the BC archives, a native plant garden, sculptures, and monuments. Of course the museum is also across the street from the legendary Empress Hotel as well as the BC Legislature building.

I’ve visited the museum every time I’ve ever been to Victoria and when you combine the traditional galleries with the traveling exhibits it just adds that much more value to your trip.

This stop was during our Coast Hotels ‘New Victoria for New Media’ tour – view my Flickr set for more images.

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  1. Derek K. MillerMonday, June 22nd, 2009 — 6:14pm PDT

    When I was young the RBCM was free one day a week, so sometimes my mom and I would catch a Pacific Coach Lines bus from downtown Vancouver across to Victoria, basically just to go to the museum.

    Was there any discussion in the British Museum exhibit about how many of the countries from which the artifacts originate consider those things stolen?

  2. Miss604Monday, June 22nd, 2009 — 11:32pm PDT

    Interesting, I’ll have to go through the notes but I guess probably not. I know one of the artifacts (the Rosetta Stone) was a replica.

  3. Vancouver AttractionsTuesday, June 23rd, 2009 — 6:43am PDT

    For our family a trip to Victoria is not complete without a visit to the Butchart Gardens but I will have to make a point and visit RBCM next time. I would love to have you or other people that have visited this great attraction write a short review of the RBCM on my website, Kids Activities . Your comments and reviews will help parents gain valuable insight in choosing to visit this attraction and help them save time in knowing what to expect.

  4. Steve ZussinoTuesday, June 23rd, 2009 — 7:16am PDT

    This is an amazing place, I am going to have to check out this exhibit. Great review.

    I never thought about how many of these artifacts were replicas?

  5. TylerTuesday, June 23rd, 2009 — 9:12am PDT

    I love visiting the museum and do so every time I am in Victoria (when when I lived there we went lots).

    My favorite exhibit I’ve been to was the Egyptian one. Would have been cool to take photos but it was prohibited.

  6. VancityAllieTuesday, June 23rd, 2009 — 5:34pm PDT

    YES… I love this museum! And of course, the Woolly Mammoth… yes! Such a classic.

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