A must-do for any visitor to Victoria is a trip to the Royal BC Museum.
Located at 675 Belleville St., across from the Provincial Legislature Bldgs., and just down from the Empress Hotel/Convention Centre, the Royal BC Museum is a great way to spend a few hours – or while away an afternoon!
In addition to the on-going exhibits there’s always something new to check out. The museum is large, with several floors to explore.
Some of the permanent exhibits are: The Natural History Gallery – with displays of plants, animals & sea life indigineos to the area; A First People’s Gallery – with displays of carvings, masks and objects from daily life as well as ceremonial artifacts; A Modern History Gallery – with displays of clothing, artifacts and culture from days gone by to the present; and BC Archives – with original documents, photographs and diaries on display.
There is a cafe on the premises serving coffee and lunch items in a cafeteria-style setup, and a marvelous gift shop with loads of local books, crafts, jewelry and art. One of my favorite places to shop!
In addition to the permanent exhibits there is usually a traveling exhibit that’s around for usually a few months. The current exhibit is Mammoths: Giants of the Ice Ave running from June 3, 2016 to December 31, 2016. Coming up: Terry Fox: Running to the Heart of Canada running from April 12, 2017 – October 1, 2017, Family: Bonds & Belonging running from June 2, 2017 to October 30, 2017.
To round off your visit, check out the Imax Theatre which is housed in the same building. There are different short films every hour during the day and usually a feature-length Hollywood-style film at night.