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Royal BC Museum

Learn about the region’s human and natural history, visit some of the oldest buildings in the province and see a special collection of totem poles.

At the Royal BC Museum you can see totem poles and dinosaur footprints, learn about British Columbia’s human and natural history, and visit two of the oldest buildings in the province. Founded in 1886, the museum joined forces with the BC Archives in 2003 to create one of Canada’s most revered cultural museums. 

The museum prides itself on exhibiting its artifacts in realistic settings. In the Natural History Galleries, see massive tree trunks and a trickling stream in the Coastal Forest exhibit, home to cougars and elk. At the Ice Age display, look for the real tusks and teeth of woolly mammoths that inhabited this region around 10,000 years ago. Go to the tidal pool to listen to museum docents talk about marine life. Families will love looking through telescopes and portholes of a Victorian-era submarine at the Ocean Station.

On the museum’s third floor, walk through a replica of the stern of HMS Discovery, once manned by Captain George Vancouver. Stroll along a wood-cobbled street in the Old Town and pan for gold at the water wheel. 

In the museum’s renowned First Peoples Galleries, enter the ceremonial house of a Kwakwaka‘wakw chief and see a diverse range of artifacts dated from the early 19th-century to today. Objects include button blankets, masks, fishing tools, spindle whorls, snowshoes, oolichan grease bowls, cedar-bark capes and potlatch goods.

Continue your exploration of British Columbia's First Nations history outside the museum in Thunderbird Park with its remarkable carved totem poles. 

While you are outside, look for the hadrosaur and carnosaur footprints, replicating the huge marks left behind by the dinosaurs that once roamed the Peace River Canyon.Visit the Native Plant Garden to get acquainted with more than 400 regional plant species. 

The Royal BC Museum is a short walk from the Inner Harbour. There are pay-and-display parking spaces nearby and public buses stop close to the main entrance. The museum is open daily, except for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Free guided tours of the First Peoples, Natural History and Modern History galleries are available. Find the schedule and further details on the museum’s official website.


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Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites $123
Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites

Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites

740 Burdett Ave, Victoria, BC
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown Victoria, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Maritime Museum of British Columbia and Victoria Conference Centre. Victoria Harbour and Royal BC Museum are also within 10 minutes.

    Victoria Regent Waterfront Hotel & Suites $151
    Victoria Regent Waterfront Hotel & Suites

    Victoria Regent Waterfront Hotel & Suites

    1234 Wharf St, Victoria, BC
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Victoria hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Lower Johnson Street, Victoria Harbour, and Victoria Clipper Ferry Terminal. Victoria Conference Centre and Royal BC Museum are also within 15 minutes.

      Hotel Grand Pacific $145
      Hotel Grand Pacific

      Hotel Grand Pacific

      463 Belleville St, Victoria, BC
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in James Bay, this romantic hotel is steps from The Robert Bateman Centre, Victoria Harbour, and Victoria Clipper Ferry Terminal. Royal BC Museum and Victoria Conference Centre are also within 10 minutes.

        Royal Scot Hotel & Suites $81
        Royal Scot Hotel & Suites

        Royal Scot Hotel & Suites

        425 Quebec St, Victoria, BC
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in James Bay, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from The Robert Bateman Centre, Victoria Harbour, and Victoria Clipper Ferry Terminal. Royal BC Museum and Victoria Conference Centre are also within 10 minutes.

          The Magnolia Hotel and Spa $156
          The Magnolia Hotel and Spa

          The Magnolia Hotel and Spa

          623 Courtney St, Victoria, BC
             
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown Victoria, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Government Street and Victoria Conference Centre. Royal BC Museum and Victoria Harbour are also within 10 minutes.

            Days Inn by Wyndham Victoria On The Harbour $87
            Days Inn by Wyndham Victoria On The Harbour

            Days Inn by Wyndham Victoria On The Harbour

            427 Belleville St, Victoria, BC
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in James Bay, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Victoria Harbour and The Robert Bateman Centre. British Columbia Parliament Building and Royal BC Museum are also within 10 minutes.

              The Oswego Hotel $134
              The Oswego Hotel

              The Oswego Hotel

              500 Oswego Street, Victoria, BC
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in James Bay, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Victoria Clipper Ferry Terminal and Victoria Harbour. Victoria Fisherman's Wharf and Royal BC Museum are also within 10 minutes.

                Coast Victoria Hotel & Marina by APA $106
                Coast Victoria Hotel & Marina by APA

                Coast Victoria Hotel & Marina by APA

                146 Kingston St, Victoria, BC
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in James Bay, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Fisherman's Wharf Park and Victoria Fisherman's Wharf. Victoria Clipper Ferry Terminal and Victoria Harbour are also within 10 minutes.