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 co-owned by the Natural History Museum, London and BBC Worldwide:

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014
December 12, 2014 to April 6, 2015

This gallery showcases award-winning images of nature taken by some of the world’s most respected nature photographers and wildlife experts that push the boundaries of technical skill. With more than 42,000 entries from 96 counties, this exhibition celebrates the beauty and the magnificence of the world in which we live.

Temporary exhibition produced in collaboration with the Canadian Museum of History and the Museo Del Oro in Colombia:

Gold Rush! Eldorado in BC
May 13 to October 31, 2015

In 1858 word of gold rang out in Fraser Canyon, drawing thousands of miners to unexplored regions of BC to search for gold. In this fascinating exhibition you learn through interactive displays how the gold rushes of the 1800’s changed everything forever. Class and racial barriers were broken down and people seized the extraordinary opportunities before them. You will also get to see rare artifacts and discover that allure of gold is strikingly global as shown in the included Allure of Gold exhibit from the Museo del Oro in Bogota, Colombia.

New permanent exhibition

Our Living Languages: First Peoples’ voices in BC

The Royal BC Museum worked in partnership with the First Peoples’ Cultural Council (FPCC) to develop a 2,900 square meter exhibition called “Our Living Languages.” The exhibit calls 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 provides 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