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When visiting Victoria, don’t miss a trip to the acclaimed Royal BC Museum, considered one of the best museums in Canada and distinguished by Queen Elizabeth herself. Explore British Columbia’s history, from the Ice Age to modern times, through a series of permanent collections and rotating special exhibits. Conveniently located in the Inner Harbor, it’s a fun and eye-opening activity the whole family can enjoy. 


  • General admission to the Royal BC Museum
  • Enjoy fascinating, always-evolving galleries
  • Journey back in time to see, hear, touch and smell the history of British Columbia through world-class exhibits
  • Learn about BC's natural history from the present day all the way back to the ice age
  • Revolving visiting shows keep the collections fresh and interesting -- you'll want to come back again and again!
  • Located in the heart of Victoria's Inner Harbor

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What You Can Expect

Royal BC Museum Entrance Ticket

Discovery Ship at the Royal BC Museum

Established in 1886, the Royal BC Museum has collected and preserved British Columbia's most significant artifacts and specimens. Once housed in a single room, today this world-class museum is located in a multi-story, modern building right in the heart of Victoria's Inner Harbor. The museum received its 'royal' title from Queen Elizabeth II in 1987.

The permanent galleries of the Royal BC Museum focus on natural and human histories. The First Peoples Gallery gives you a dramatic glimpse into the lives of the native settlers before and after the arrival of the Europeans. See, hear and smell the past as you travel through 200 years of British Columbia's amazing history.

In the Natural History Gallery, you'll take a journey across time and see how British Columbia's natural environment has changed over thousands of years. Learn about the mammoths and giant bison that roamed this area during the ice age, and the animals of today, such as the iconic grizzly bear, sea lions and blue herons.

From May 17 through September 16, 'Dinosaurs: Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries' is visiting the Royal BC museum. From June 1 to September 3, the much anticipated 'Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton' will be featured.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This tour was amazing!

Rodney G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Been here some 40 years ago. Fantastic then and still today. As a Canadian living abroad, I'd recommend this to anyone wishing a deeper insite into BC life.

Geoffrey H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Fabulous! We enjoyed this so much. We stayed at leas 4 hours and could have spent more time. I enjoyed seeing real Academy Award and Emmy statues, They also had some real gold medals. The staff was so nice and available.

LeRoy L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

The exhibits were outstanding.

Gunther R US Minor Outlying ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

enjoyed Viking special

Linh N

4 star rating: Recommended July 2016

The museum was very interesting. I learned many new things during the trip. The reason I don't give 5 starts because there are so many rude chinese in there and they pushed people around so they can move it was annoying But overall, definitely recommended :

Larry E

4 star rating: Recommended December 2015

We were on limited time with a day trip to Victoria from Seattle, so only had time for a short visit. We spent a couple of hours at the museum and it was a pleasant surprise for a small venue. Well equipped with a surprising amount of artifacts and the docent's were especially friendly and informative. Next time we come it will most certainly be a stayover of at least 1 night so we can see more of the beautiful area.

Sara B

4 star rating: Recommended September 2015

It was very interesting. The staff were helpful cause it was a bit confusing in some of the exhibits.
I will go back again

Bonnie m

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!


4 star rating: Recommended December 2014

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