Royal British Columbia Museum

The Royal BC Museum is a place of discovery. Through unique galleries, the Museum showcases the human and natural history of British Columbia and temporary exhibits from other countries and cultures. Authentic artifacts and specimens are displayed in highly realistic settings, giving visitors the experience of another time and place. Its permanent exhibits include the First People’s, Modern History and Natural History Gallery.

About This Activity


Year Round

10 am to 5 pm daily
Thursday, Friday and Saturday May 23-Sep 28 10 am to 10 pm
Closed Dec 25 and Jan 1

What’s Included

  • Admission ticket to Royal BC Museum
  • All applicable taxes

More to Know

To book this tour as part of an overnight package including a night in a hotel and round trip on the Victoria Clipper, visit the Royal BC Museum Package page.

Temporary exhibition from the Natural History Museum, London:

2013 Wildlife Photographer of the Year
November 29, 2013 to April 6, 2014

Presented for a third year with all new photographs, this visually striking exhibition from the Natural History Museum, London, showcases the world’s best wildlife and nature images. With 100 new photographs found in 18 categories, enjoy the wonders of nature through the lenses of prize-winning photographers. Beautifully displayed in sleek backlit installations, each photo and accompanying caption tells the inspirational, astonishing and sometimes humorous stories of our fascinating natural world.

Temporary exhibition produced by the Museums Partner, Austria and The Swedish History Museum:

We Call Them Vikings
May 17 to November 11, 2014

The first North American stop for this exhibition, We Call Them Vikings challenges common held beliefs and the Vikings emerge in a fascinating new light. Insights into Viking domestic life, death rituals, the significance of their craft, the power of mythology and the symbolism of their ships are explored in this interactive exhibition. See hundreds of rare artifacts – jewelry, swords, axes, and clothing – some rare, and many of which have never been shown outside Scandinavia.

New permanent exhibition coming 2014

Our Living Languages: First Peoples’ voices in BC
Opening June 2014

The Royal BC Museum is working in partnership with the First Peoples’ Cultural Council (FPCC) to develop a 2,900 square meter exhibition, which will be called “Our Living Languages.” The exhibit will call attention to the Royal BC Museum’s strategic focus on British Columbia’s stories, with a special emphasis on the place of First Nations in those stories.
Many visitors to the exhibition will be surprised to learn that British Columbia is home to 34 unique First Nations languages, making it the most linguistically diverse region in Canada. The exhibition will provide visitors with the opportunity to learn more about the complexity of these languages and the people who are working tirelessly to document and revitalize them.
Although all First Nations languages in the province have experienced significant disruption from the history of colonialism, many have a strong and growing core of fluent speakers. Visitors to the exhibition will come to a new realization about the importance of language diversity and the renewed future for First Nations languages.


675 Belleville Street
Victoria, B.C. V8W Canada
Just a few blocks from the Victoria Clipper Terminal


  • All images and exhibit descriptions courtesy of the Royal BC Museum
  • Photography, filming, videotaping and sketching is allowed with certain restrictions
  • Donation Coat Check available
  • Guests cannot bring bags larger than 16"x12"x6" but items within bag may be transferred into a museum provided carrier (exceptions for health and safety purposes)


  • Pricing in USD and may vary based on actual travel dates
  • Subject to change

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