Royal British Columbia Museum

Royal British Columbia Museum is one of Canada`s most ethnic treasures since 1886, where human and natural histories of British Columbia have been preserved through centuries.

Go centuries back to the Ice Age, follow dinosaur steps, explore life of the woolly mammoth. View how trade started and changed with the evolutions of BC First Nations. And walk through the forests with cougars, grizzly bears and deers.

Attractions around the Royal BC Museum

Just steps away from the Royal BC Museum, passersby will find many destinations and attractions such as:

  • Empress Hotel – where one can visit for an afternoon tea;
  • BC Parliament Building – steeped in all its history and beautiful architecture is a must see;
  • Beacon Hill Park – go for a picnic and/or simply explore a mix or urban and rural nature;
  • The Bay Shopping Centre – will bring you back to the modern day with a full suite of shops to explore.

Royal BC Museum Attractions

The Royal BC Museum’s collections comprise millions of objects, including natural history specimens, artifacts, and archival records. The collections are divided into eight disciplines:

  • Entomology,
  • Botany,
  • Palaeontology,
  • Ichthyology,
  • Invertebrate Zoology,
  • Herpetology,
  • Mammalogy,

Three main galleries gathered in The Royal BC Museum include:

Human History –this represents collections of marvelous Archaeology, a source for archaeological materials, which contains 192,000 artifacts. The main collection here represents First Nations history which are vital collections for BC where you can experience the award-winning “Our Living Languages” exhibition which has 34 Indigenous languages and 61 dialects of historic First Nations languages.

While Ethnology collection has over 14,000 ceremonial and utilitarian objects, tools and regalia, creations for traditional use and for the tourist market.

The Modern History collection contains 165,000 objects including objects relating to British Columbia’s ethnic history; history of manufacturing and business.

Natural History –these collections widely in the following categories:

BC Archives – this is where collected and preserved photographs, documents, historical records are exhibited, and these archives provide access to valuable files for researchers.

Services available at the Royal BC Museum:

  • The largest IMAX screen in British Columbia is located in the world-renowned Royal BC Museum, it offers you an incredible immersive filmic experience created by crystal clear screens in combination with next-generation surround sound system.
  • Through the Royal Museum`s Online Shop one can easily purchase a piece of art, toys or books and publications on various topics such as Botany, Zoology, First Nations’ history and many more.
  • The Royal Museum’s physical Shop is located on the first floor of the Museum`s building, there magnificently crafted and unique gifts, including books, art, jewelry, music, clothing and toys can be viewed and purchased as souvenirs for your family and friends or simply a reminder of how beautiful BC was and is, especially when proceeds go directly towards supporting the good programs and special events at the Royal BC Museum.
  • One of three National Geographic Stores in Canada which conveys the world`s wonders to you; shop from collections of exclusive and instructive children’s toys and games, thrilling National Geographic books, magazines and DVD’s and National Geographic films.
  • You can easily get engaged by exploring everything the Royal BC Museum has to offer and easily spend the whole day there. The Coffee Shop in the Museum will keep you rejuvenated.

Visit Royal BC Museum’s website to find out more and to learn more about tickets and memberships.

Also, in the Museum’s online Calendar you can find all the events happening at the Museum and its surrounding area all-year round.

Travelling to the Royal BC Museum

If you drive to the Museum, the closest street parking available is on the surrounding streets -Government, Superior and Blanchard. You might get lucky to find a 1 or 2 hour free street parking; however majority of the parking spaces are metered pay parking.

If you use the bus, please check the BC Transit schedule here.