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The Royal BC Museum Corporation is one of Canada’s greatest cultural treasures. The museum was founded in 1886; the Archives, in 1894. In 2003, these two organizations joined to become British Columbia’s combined provincial museum and archives, collecting artifacts, documents and specimens of British Columbia’s natural and human history, safeguarding them for the future, and sharing them with the world.

Through research and learning, we strive to broaden understanding about our province and inspire curiosity and wonder. We are passionate about sharing British Columbia’s story with the millions of visitors who walk through our doors and explore our website each year.

Permanent Galleries The First Peoples Gallery-This gallery gives visitors dramatic glimpses of First Nations cultures before and after the arrival of Europeans. Modern History Gallery-The sights, sounds and smells of the past are so vivid that you might - just for a moment - think you're really there. Natural History Gallery-This gallery takes visitors on a journey across time and through dramatically changing environments.

The Big Map-Find out just how big British Columbia really is. You'll be amazed!

On now-step into our world-We've turned inside out to reveal the behind the scenes world of our natural history collections. Discover a side of the museum you’ve never seen through this family-friendly interactive exhibition.


Admission includes access to permanent galleries and blockbuster exhibitions.



Hours of operation

Open 10am – 5pm Sunday-Thursday; 10am – 10pm Friday-Saturday (to September 27, 2014). Extended hours May 25, 2015 - September 26, 2015. Feature exhibition Gold Rush “ El Dorado in B.C. May 16 – October 31, 2015. Closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Location Royal BC Museum is located at 675 Belleville Street, Victoria, BC Canada V8W 9W2.


Royal BC Museum is located at 675 Belleville Street, Victoria, BC Canada V8W 9W2.

Participant restrictions Children 5 and under are admitted free of charge.

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675 Belleville Street Victoria British Columbia V8W 1A1, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada


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