Step back in time to the Ice Age through to the last century and experience the life of the First Nations and the pioneers at the Royal BC Museum. Victoria is privileged to have one of the finest museums in North America and we guarantee that you’ll enjoy it even if museums are not your style. Forget boring display cabinets, here the past comes alive.
In 1886 there was concern that First Nations archaelogical artifacts, then called Indian Antiquities, would be removed from the province so the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria was created to store them, forming the basis of the present First Nations collection of 14,000 native art items and a remarkable 200,000 artifacts. This whole floor at the museum is just one of the reasons you’ll want to spend several hours living in the past of the Pacific North West – perfect for a rainy day!
I love the human element of this museum. You find yourself surrounded by the past, whether among creatures of the Ice Age like this Woolly Mammoth, alongside the early adventurers and pioneers of what became British Columbia, or living with the townspeople of early Victoria with its China Town, merchants and farmers. For a bonus, the museum features special exhibitions; your B&B innkeepers can tell you more about current exhibits.
Afterwards take a break in the museum cafe before sitting down at the BIG screen of the Royal BC Museum IMAX theatre. As you leave, explore the Cultural Precinct just outside the museum including Thunderbird Park and Helmcken House: