Sometimes I like museums, sometimes I don’t. I heard great things about the Royal BC Museum in Victoria, so I decided to spend an afternoon there. I am so glad I did! I completely loved this place. At $16 admission per adult (and cheaper for kids and seniors) I think it is a good deal.

I am mostly going to let the pictures do the talking for this post, but photos were not allowed in the area of the museum that wowed me the most. The feature exhibition was the National Geographic Wildlife Photography of the Year exhibit. Gorgeous photos of animals and nature, with really interesting descriptions of each photo and the story of how the photographer shot it. I spent a good hour in this exhibit alone.

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The rest of that floor is the Natural History Gallery. I really enjoyed the Ice-Age Mammoth section and all of the animal galleries. I kept thinking about my niece Iona throughout this section – she would just love all the animals!

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The top floor of the museum has a section dedicated to more recent history. I really enjoyed the boomtown and early 1800’s exhibits (including mining, sawmills and an old ship replica). This area reminded me a lot of Saskatoon’s Western Development Museum (a place I have enjoyed many times).

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I learned the most at the First People’s Gallery. The displays of totem poles and First Nations people and history in BC were enlightening and beautiful.

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The museum also has a nice cafe and a really great museum shop that I also spent a lot of time browsing in. This is a museum not to be missed!

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