What will you discover at the Royal B.C. Museum?

Posted By Allison on Jul 13, 2015


This post may contain affiliate and sponsored links. We donate 10% of our sales commissions to charity.

The Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria, British Columbia is a place of discovery. It’s a fun place to learn about the adventurous spirit and unique history and culture of British Columbia. Both adults and children are likely to enjoy this museum.

Here are my family’s favorite exhibits from the Royal BC Museum. What will yours be?

Tips for visiting the Royal BC Museum in Victoria with kids | tipsforfamilytrips.com

First Peoples

For me, the exhibits about the First Nations of British Columbia were the most fascinating. The Royal BC Museum has dedicated a lot of space on the top floor of the museum to preserving the language, art and culture of the nations who lived here before European colonization, and who still inhabit British Columbia today. Totem Hall is the must-see exhibit at the Royal BC Museum.

My 11-year-old daughter was most wowed by Old Town – a re-creation of a thriving British Columbia town around 1900. In this immersive exhibit, you can watch an early movie in the theater, walk upstairs to the hotel balcony, check out Chinatown, and explore a ship docked at the port. Old Town is one of several engaging exhibits dedicated to the modern history of British Columbia.

Tips for visiting the Royal BC Museum in Victoria with kids | tipsforfamilytrips.com

Natural History

This was the exhibit my 8-year-old son was most excited about. He loves otters, whales and other animals of the Pacific Northwest. He is also a fan of dinosaurs, and while I didn’t see a many of them at the Royal BC Museum, there was a life-size woolly mammoth and some other ancient fossils on display.

There are several beautiful and lifelike dioramas featuring modern and ancient animals of British Columbia. Look for hands-on exhibits like touch tables and interactive computer displays too.

Tips for visiting the Royal BC Museum in Victoria with kids | tipsforfamilytrips.com

Helmcken House

There are several points of interest outside, including Thunderbird Park and Helmcken House that are included in your admission. Helmcken House is a historic home that is open for tours during summer and winter breaks. The tour is brief and appropriate for families. We were allowed to play the 200-year-old piano, because its owner loved music and that’s what it was meant for. My son is finishing his first year of piano lessons, and he treated us to his favorite song: the Star Wars Main Theme.

Tips for visiting the Royal BC Museum in Victoria with kids | tipsforfamilytrips.com

IMAX

IMAX is everywhere, but we are suckers for it at museums like this. IMAX movies are typically both spectacular and educational. They are also a good opportunity to relax in climate controlled comfort for an hour. That’s something I need regularly on a family vacation.

We saw Gold Fever, which went well with the special Gold Rush exhibit at the Royal BC Museum. IMAX Victoria at the Royal BC Museum also shows new Hollywood blockbusters in IMAX. For a current schedule, visit www.imaxvictoria.com.

Tips for visiting the Royal BC Museum in Victoria with kids | tipsforfamilytrips.com

This is a $1 million gold coin. It is actually worth several million Canadian dollars!

Special Exhibits

Look for special traveling exhibitions when you visit. Gold Rush, an exhibit dedicated to the pursuit of gold across the globe and specifically to the gold rush in British Columbia in the mid-1800’s. It was all real gold, and I’ve never seen so many security guards in a museum exhibit!

I learned a lot, and enjoyed several hands-on Gold Rush activities with my son. We especially liked the scale where we could see what our weight is worth in gold. Between the two of us, it was millions! At last, a place where a few extra pounds served me well.

Disclosure: I received two complimentary adult admissions from Tourism Victoria for the purpose of review. I received no additional compensation for this post and all opinions are my own.

Tips for visiting the Royal BC Museum in Victoria with kids | tipsforfamilytrips.com

Good to Know

Where: 675 Belleville Street, Victoria, British Columbia. The Royal BC Museum is located near the waterfront, across from the Parliament Buildings.

When: Open every day except Christmas and New Year’s Day, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Hours are extended to 10:00 pm on Fridays and Saturdays in the summer.

How Much: There are multiple ticketing options – one day, two days, IMAX alone, museum+IMAX… Link to the current rate schedule here.

Prices for single-day admission without IMAX are:

  • Adult (19-64): $23
  • Youth (6-18): $17
  • Child (0-5)
  • Family (up to 2 adults and 3 youth): $72

How Long: 3-4 hours

Amenities: Gift shops, Cafe. During the summer, look for local food trucks in the courtyard behind the museum.

Website: royalbcmuseum.bc.ca

Tips for visiting the Royal BC Museum in Victoria with kids | tipsforfamilytrips.com

Planning a trip to Victoria?

You may also enjoy

Allison on EmailAllison on FacebookAllison on InstagramAllison on Pinterest
Allison
Hi there! I am the founder of Tips for Family Trips. I am a married mom of two children, ages 10 and 12, living near Salt Lake City, Utah. We took our first child on a two-week road trip when she was four weeks old and we have been traveling as a family ever since. We love to get out of the house to see and do fun things, both far away and in our own neighborhood.

3 Comments

  1. The First People and Old Town exhibits sound really interesting. Canada seems to do such a better job showcasing their whole history than the US does.

    Post a Reply

Leave a Reply