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Royal BC Museum

675 Belleville Street
Victoria, BC V8W 9W2
Phone:  (250) 356-7226
Toll Free:  (888) 447-7977
Fax:  (250) 387-5674

See all of British Columbia at the Royal BC Museum, a world-class museum of natural and human history. Explore our permanent galleries and immerse yourself in tales of where we've been and where we are going. Discover things and people you never knew before at what TripAdvisor users have twice voted number one in the Top 10 Museums in Canada. Experience authentic artifacts and highly realistic settings -- from the Woolly Mammoth in his rocky, icy world to a tar-scented trip on the HMS Discovery. Stroll through Old Town's wood-cobbled street and enjoy its shops, cinema and railway station.
Visit royalbcmuseum.bc.ca for a current exhibition schedule.

Celebrate the Season with Stories at Helmcken House

Dates: December 17, 2016
Venue: Royal BC Museum
Type: Special Events
Time: From: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
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Winter is in the wings and we have stories capturing the anticipation of the season, the turning of the world from dark to light, of gifts and ghosts – told by the hearth at Helmcken House. This event is part of the Stories at Helmcken House series, where experienced tellers delight audiences of all ages with fo... more

Mammoths: Giants of the Ice Age

Dates: June 03, 2016 to December 31, 2016
Recurrence Recurring daily
Venue: Royal BC Museum
Type: Special Events
Time: From: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Royal BC Museum
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Millions of years ago, giants roamed the earth. Sometimes standing more than 14 feet tall, mammoths and mastodons towered over the lands of Europe, Asia and North America from as long ago as 1.8 million years in the past to as recently as 10,000 years ago, during the Ice Age. And now they're coming to the Royal BC Muse... more

Christmas in Old Town

Dates: November 29, 2016 to January 09, 2017
Recurrence Recurring daily
Venue: Royal BC Museum
Type: On-Going Events
Time: From: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
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The sights and sounds of Christmas long ago! Visit the wood-cobbled streets laced with festive garlands and see the shops decked with seasonal finery. more

Early Shift: Going away party for Mammoths

Dates: December 31, 2016
Venue: Royal BC Museum
Type: On-Going Events
Time: From: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
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On the last day of 2016 and the last day of the RBCM exhibition Mammoth: Giants of the Ice Age, join us for a going away party for the ages. This family-friendly event will involve food, games and art making to keep everyone's trunks and tusks active. The evening will conclude with fireworks across the street as part of ... more

Father Christmas in Old Town

Date Range: December 02, 2016 to December 18, 2016
Upcoming Dates: December 09, 2016 , December 10, 2016 , December 11, 2016
Recurrence Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday
Venue: Royal BC Museum
Type: On-Going Events
Time: From: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
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Visit with Father Christmas in Old Town, have your photo taken and share your holiday wishes! more

Helmcken House Old Fashioned Christmas

Dates: December 17, 2016 to December 31, 2016
Recurrence Recurring daily
Venue: Royal BC Museum
Type: On-Going Events
Time: From: 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
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Step through the doors of the oldest house in British Columbia, still on its original site, and experience what Christmas would have been like in Victoria over 100 years ago. Decorations, music and first-hand accounts will take you back to Christmas past. Please note that Helmcken House will be closed on December ... more

Wonder Sunday: A Season of Celebration

Date Range: December 04, 2016 to February 05, 2017
Upcoming Dates: December 11, 2016 , December 18, 2016 , December 25, 2016
Recurrence Recurring weekly on Sunday
Venue: Royal BC Museum
Type: On-Going Events
Time: From: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
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This month we celebrate the season. Hanukkah, Christmas, Potlatches and Solstice are just a few of the ways that people around BC come together during this time of year. Come share your traditions and learn from others. more

Royal BC Museum Meeting Facility
  • Total Sqft.: 62,000
  • Banquet Capacity: 500
  • Reception Capacity: 2,500
  • Description: Since 1886 the Royal BC Museum has preserved and shared the human and natural histories of this province. Discover the famous First Peoples, Natural History and Modern History Galleries and some of the 7 million artifacts and specimens in the museum's collections. Walk through a rainforest, sit among carved poles and stroll down a wood-cobbled street to window-shop in Old Town. Visit the Cafe, immerse yourself in the latest film at the Victoria IMAX Theatre and shop for books and finely crafted items. Three permanent exhibit galleries are available, after regular visiting hours, for private business or conference events. In the Natural History Gallery your guests can dine with a Woolly Mammoth, a grizzly bear or a sea lion looking on. The Modern History Gallery has Captain Vancouver's ship, a water wheel and a turn-of-the-century town, all perfect settings for entertainment and learning about the early days of British Columbia. The breathtaking First People's Gallery showcases majestic totems and First Nations artifacts. Feast on traditional BC foods with a modern twist while watching a First Nations' performance
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