Royal British Columbia Museum

#4 in Best Things To Do in Victoria & Vancouver Island
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Museum Front Entrance, Royal BC Museum/ Photo courtesy of the Royal BC Museum

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675 Belleville St.

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2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.6scorecard
  • 4.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

The Royal British Columbia Museum offers visitors a comprehensive introduction to the region's history and culture. Exhibits include tribal artifacts from the First Nations, natural history displays and even replicas of Colonial-era settlements. The museum also boasts an IMAX theater and rotating special exhibits.

Recent visitors said this museum is a must-see when in Victoria as it offers a far-reaching look at the region's geography and indigenous people. Reviewers also praised the museum's layout, which is situated in chronological order. Some reviewers even said this was one of "the best museums" they've ever visited. Plus, if you're hungry, don't miss the museum's year-long food truck festival, which takes places in the building's back courtyard.

The museum is open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and until 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday from mid-May to early October. Admission costs CA$26.95 (about $21) for adults 19 and older and CA$16.95 (about $13) for kids ages 6 through 18. Discounts are available for seniors, students and children 18 and younger. Keep in mind entrance to the IMAX costs extra. The museum is located on Belleville Street, at the border between downtown Victoria and James Bay. If you're arriving by bus, several routes stop within walking distance of the museum. You'll also find bike racks outside the museum and parking on surrounding streets (the museum doesn't have its own parking lot). For more information, visit the Royal British Columbia Museum website.

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The Inner Harbour is Victoria's primary tourist neighborhood. The harbor itself – home to various fishing boats and colorful floating homes – is framed by wide pedestrian streets, often frequented by street vendors and buskers. Numerous cafes and restaurants line the sidewalks and provide the perfect locale to savor an afternoon cup of tea while keeping your eyes peeled for whales playing in the open water. The Inner Harbour also hosts some of Victoria's most popular attractions, including the Royal British Columbia Museum and the Parliament Buildings. If you're embarking on a boat or ferry tour, this is where you'll likely start your journey.

Although the majority of recent visitors recommended spending a few hours at the Inner Harbour for the view, some suggested devoting at least half a day as there is always something interesting to see and do. For an even more charming scene, return in the evening, when the Parliament Buildings are lit up. 

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