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MAIN HERITAGE ATTRACTIONS

Quick Links: Art Gallery of Greater Victoria | Carr House | Craigdarroch Castle | Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse | Helmcken House | Point Ellice House | Maritime Museum of British Columbia | Royal British Columbia Museum | St. Ann's Academy | St. Ann's Schoolhouse |


ART GALLERY OF GREATER VICTORIA
1040 Moss Street
250-384-4171
www://aggv.ca
email: info@aggv.ca

www://facebook.com/artgalleryvictoria
www://twitter.com/artgalleryvic

Closed on Mondays - September through May
Monday - Saturday 10 am - 5 pm; Thursday 10 am - 9 pm;
Sunday & Holidays: 1 pm -5 pm. Gallery is closed Christmas Day and Remembrance Day (November 11).

Adults: $13; Senior (65+): $11; Student (18+ with ID): $11; Children (6-17): $2.50; Children (5 and under): free. Family (2 adults & children): $28; Admission is by donation the first Tuesday of each month.

Open daily in the historic neighbourhood of Rockland and just a short walk from town, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria is home to B.C.'s largest public art collection. Its collections feature one of Canada's leading Asian collections, including an original Japanese Shinto Shrine located outside in their quaint Asian Garden, and extensive works by Emily Carr. Exhibitions range from Asian, historical and Canadian art, and engaging contemporary. Gallery Shop features an impressive array of art, pottery, scarves, jewelry and much more from local artists and artisans. Special programming themed around current exhibitions happens weekly at the Gallery, please check the website for details, or follow our activities on Facebook & Twitter.

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CARR HOUSE
207 Government Street
250-383-5843
www.emilycarr.com
email: ecarr@shaw.ca

Open Tuesday through Saturday 11 am to 4 pm, May 1st to September 30th. For school tours and seasonal tours visit our website www.emilycarr.com or call Emily Carr House.

Adults: $6.75; Students and Seniors: $5.75; Youth: (6-18 years) $4.50; Ages: 5 and under free.

The birthplace and childhood home of Canadian icon, Emily Carr, is located in historic James Bay just a short walk from Victoria's Inner Harbour. Built in 1863, Emily Carr House has been carefully restored to reflect the era referred to in Carr's famous "Book of Small", a chronicle of her childhood and early Victoria. As an interpretive center for her life, art and writings we are dedicated to furthering Carr's legacy of inspiration. Well regarded for her championing of Aboriginal peoples and their culture, Carr, also wrote about her experiences in First Nations communities throughout British Columbia in her award winning book, "Klee Wyck". Her books, prints, art cards and other Carr related products are available for purchase in our on-site Gift Shop. To honour Carr's artistic vision our "People's Gallery" alternately features works of art by local artists and original works by Emily Carr. In addition to the variety of special events held throughout the year, Emily Carr House is available for facilities rentals. Please call for further information.

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CRAIGDARROCH CASTLE HISTORIC HOUSE MUSEUM
1050 Joan Crescent
250-592-5323
thecastle.ca
email: info@thecastle.ca

Daily: June 15 - September 6th: 10 am - 4:30 pm.

Adult: $13:75; Senior: $12:75; Students (13+ with Valid ID): $8:75;
Children (6-12): $5:00; 5 and under: no charge.

Victorian mansion built 1887-1890 for Robert and Joan Dunsmuir, Scottish immigrants who made their fortune from Vancouver Island coal. A National Historic Site, Craigdarroch features an extensive collection of stained and leaded glass windows, magnificent woodwork, Victorian furnishings and decorative arts. Self guided tours - 87 stairs (no elevators).

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FORT RODD HILL AND FISGARD LIGHTHOUSE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITES
603 Fort Rodd Hill Road, Victoria BC V9C 2W8
250-478-5849
www.parkscanada.gc.ca/fortroddhill

Open Daily except for Dec 25, 26 and Jan 1
March 1 - October 14: 10 am - 5:30 pm;
October 15 - February 28: 10 am - 4:30 pm with limited services.

Adults: $3.90; Seniors: $3.40; 6 -16 years: $1.90; Family: $9.80; Annual passes: Aduts: $9.80; Seniors $8.55; 6-16 years: $4.90; Family: $24.50.

Peek through original gun barrels, venture into intriguing underground magazines, and find camouglaged searchlight emplacements... Come explore Fort Rodd Hill, built in 1895-1900 and in operation to 1956 to protect the Royal Navy base at Esquimalt Harbour.
Step inside, play with its brand-new interactive exhibits and marvel at the stories of its keepers, who once helped mariners find their way home safely. Fisgard is the oldest lighthouse on the west coast, built in 1860.
Special events are planned throughout the year; check the website for further information.
Only 15 minutes west of downtown Victoria.

OTENTIKS: A NEW CAMPING EXPERIENCE
Stay overnight in one of our five oTENTik tents. Exclusive to Parks Canada, these cabin-tent hybirds offer a unique opportunity to fall asleep to nature's little sounds and to travel back in time 50 years ago when soldiers' families inhabited Fort Rodd Hill during their summer camp-out. Connect to your cultural heritage and experience life within the fort's walls. Enjoy a comfortable stay; you only need to bring your bedding sheets - or sleeping bag - and food. Everything else is set up and awaiting your arrival.

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HELMCKEN HOUSE (Beside Royal B.C. Museum)
Royal BC Museum, 675 Belleville Street
250-356-7226 or toll free 1-888-447-7977
www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/RBCM_Cult_Pre/Helmcken_Hse.aspx

Please check the Royal BC Museum on-line events calendar for the Helmcken House schedule.

Helmcken House was built by Dr. John Sebastian Helmcken, a surgeon with the Hudson's Bay Company, in 1852. It is one of the oldest houses in British Columbia still on its original site. Dr. Helmcken married the daughter of Governor James Douglas and went on to become a statesman who helped negotiate the entry of British Columbia as a Canadian province. The good doctor's original 19th century medical kit is among the interesting items on display.

In 2010-2011, the Royal BC Museum installed a state-of-the-art fire suppression system in Helmcken House. Windows were repaired, and walls were patched and painted. The work to protect this important piece of provincial heritage continues. Helmcken House re-opens to the public on May 20th.

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POINT ELLICE HOUSE
2616 Pleasant Street near the Bay Street/Point Ellice Bridge
250-380-6506 (site information and tea reservations)
www.pointellicehouse.com/ email: info@pointellicehouse.com

Open for the summer season May to September.
Open Thursday through Monday, 11 am - 4 pm
Opening in November-December, limited days, for guided tours of the House decorated for Christmas
Reservations recommended. (Closed Tues-Wed)

Tour:
Adults: $6 plus GST;
Students: $4 plus GST;
6-11 years: $3 plus GST;
Under 6 years: free.

Grand Tea:
Adults: $30 plus GST
6 to 11 years: $15 plus GST
Kitty's Cream Tea: $12 plus GST

Wheelchair accessible.
Check website for special events.

An oasis of Victorian charm on the edge of downtown Victoria. Contains original furnishings. Play croquet or stroll along the gravel pathways in restored gardens. Guided tours are available of the house and gardens, home of the O'Reilly's for 108 years. Tea served daily on the lawns, gift shop specializing in Victorian and garden treasures.

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MARITIME MUSEUM OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
634 Humboldt Street
Victoria BC
250-385-4222
www.mmbc.bc.ca
email: info@mmbc.bc.ca

Winter Hours (Sept-May): Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 4pm
Summer Hours (Victoria Day - Labour Day): Daily 10am - 5pm
Admission: Adults - $10, Senior/Student - $8, Youth - $5, Children - Free
Tours: Adults - $15, Senior/Student - $12, Youth - $8, Children - Free
Memberships: Adults - $20, Senior - $18, Family - $30

The Maritime Museum of BC delivers popular tours and educational outreach programs geared to children, adults, and seniors featuring topics such as immigration, pirates and privateers, women at sea, and the fur trade. The Museum cares for more than 35,000 unique artifacts, as well as a large library and archives research collection, which is available for public access.

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ROYAL BC MUSEUM
675 Belleville Street
250-356-7226 or toll free 1-888-447-7977
www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca

Hours:
Open daily from 10 am to 5 pm. Open until 10 pm on Fridays and Saturdays from early June until late September. Closed Christmas Day and New Year's Day. BC Archives open Monday to Friday from 10 am to 4 pm. National Geographic IMAX Theatre box office open from 9:45 am. First film starts at 10 am. Last film starts at 7 or 8 pm.

Admission: Permanent galleries
Adults - $23.00; Seniors (65+) - $17.00; Youth (6-18) - $17.00; Student (with valid ID) - $17.00; Child (3-5) - Free; Family (2 adults and 2 youths) - $72.00

Admission and hours subject to change during special events www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/tickets/

Discover the Royal BC Museum's fascinating permanent galleries and ever-changing exhibits. Three-dimensional displays offer a feast of sights, smells and sounds of British Columbia. Walk through a rainforest, view animals on West Coast beaches and tidal wetlands, sit among aboriginal ceremonial poles and masks, sail through the HMS Discovery - the ship that brought Captain Vancouver to our shores, 'slosh' through a fish canning factory, explore the dark world of mining and the dangerous world of logging, window shop in Old Town, and see what's playing at the cinema before catching the train home.
From May 13 to October 31, 2015, be sure to catch the spectacular feature exhibition Gold Rush! El Dorado in British Columbia. Be sure to also experience the award-winning feature exhibition Our Living Languages: First Peoples' Voices in British Columbia, on display until June 2017.

Additional heritage attractions - Helmecken House, Mungo Martin Big House, Thunderbird Park, and St. Ann's Schoolhouse - on the RBCM grounds.

The museum also hosts a cafe and gift shop.

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ST. ANN'S ACADEMY NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE
2nd Floor 835 Humboldt Street,
250-953-8829
www.stannsacademy.com
email: stanns.academy@gov.bc.ca

Hours of Operation:
Summer hours: mid May to Labour day:10 am - 4 pm Wednesday to Monday;
Winter hours: Labour day to mid May Thursday to Sunday 1 to 4 pm
Admission by donation.

Built as a school and convent by the Sisters of St. Ann between 1871 and 1910, this nationally designated and provincially owned historic site also features Victoria's first Catholic cathedral, built in 1858 and annexed to the school in 1886 to serve as the school's chapel. The building was renovated extensively between 1995 and 1997 and now features historic interiors around the beautifully restored chapel which are open for public viewing, as well as private renovated office space. The site also features 6.5 acres of restored park lands which are open to the public year round from dawn to dusk. Outdoor bilingual interpretive signs now installed throughout the grounds are also available year-round from dawn to dusk. St. Ann's Academy National Historic Site is operated by Shared Services BC.

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ST. ANN'S SCHOOLHOUSE
Royal BC Museum, 675 Belleville Street
250-356-7226 or toll free 1-888-447-7977
www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/RBCM_Cult_Pre/St_Ann_Schlhse.aspx

St Ann's Schoolhouse may be the oldest building still standing in Victoria. Built by Jacques Lequechier in 1844 and constructed in the Hudson Bay Company Red River style, it was purchased by Roman Catholic Bishop Demers in 1853 for use as a residence and a schoolhouse. In 1858, when four Sisters of St. Ann returned with Bishop Demers from Quebec, it was in this building that they lived and held their first school cleasses. The Sisters gave the school to the museum in 1974 when it was moved to its present location behind Helmcken House on Elliott Square. Free with paid museum admission.

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