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 Covid-19 Advisory
  Effective 1 July 2020

  Please contact heritage organizations directly to get current                 information on operating times, programming, and Covid-19                  protocols.

  Note: Check the date of individual listings below. 2020 listings are in the         process of being updated. Always contact the organization directly to get          current information during the Covid-19 pandemic.          

Victoria Heritage Attractions: MUSEUMS

Quick Links: BC Aviation Museum | The Canadian Scottish Regimental Museum | CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum | Craigdarroch Castle | Heritage Acres | Maritime Museum of British Columbia | Royal British Columbia Museum | Saanich Pioneers' Museum | Sidney Historical Museum | Sooke Region Museum and Travel Infocentre |

Listing date: 15 July 2020
Please contact the organization for current information

1910 Norseman Road, Victoria International Airport

Daily: Summer: 10 am - 4 pm; Winter: 11 am - 3 pm. See website for details.

Adults: $10; Seniors and Youth 13-18 yrs: $8; Children 7-12 yrs: $4; Children 6 yrs and under Free. Groups of 10 or more receive special rates with prior arrangements. Annual memberships available.

Two large hangars contain more than 30 vintage aircraft from Da Vinci to the jet age. Large collections of artefacts, models, pictures and art. Guided access to Restoration Hangar. Kids zone with flight simulators, hands on displays and cockpit access. Gift shop & library (members have borrowing privileges).

Listing date: 13 July 2020
Please contact the organization for current information

Bay Street Armoury
715 Bay Street (Parking and Entrance off Field Street)


June 1 - August 31: Tuesday to Friday: 10 am - 3 pm
Other months: Tuesdays only, 10 am - 2 pm.
Call to confirm hours of operation. Group tours available by prior arrangement.

Admission by donation.

Exhibits include uniforms and accoutrements, weapons, badges, medals, photographs and other artifacts related to the Regiment's service in peace and in war.

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Listing date: Summer 2019
Please contact the organization for current information

(Naden Way - entrance off Admirals Road Esquimalt)

Monday - Friday: 10 am - 3:30 pm.
Open weekends during the summer months - please call ahead to confirm.

Adults: $2; Children, Students, Seniors: $1; Family: $5.

CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum charts the rich maritime history of the naval base at Esquimalt. Displays include recreations of a WWII Corvette in the Battle of the Atlantic, a Bangor-class minesweeper's mess deck, and a Cold War era home fallout shelter.

The museum is located in a National Historic District, and located in a complex of distinguished brick buildings designed by the prominent Victoria architect John Teague. Erected in the late 19th century as a hospital, the museum buildings now showcase the heritage of the military's presence on and defence of Vancouver Island.

Guided tours of the museum are by arrangement.

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Listing date: 8 July 2020
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1050 Joan Crescent

Open Daily: 10 am - 4:30 pm, closed on Thursdays

Adult: $16:50; Senior: $15:50; Students (13+ with Valid ID): $11:00;
Children (6-12): $6:50; 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. Facilitated and Self guided tours - 87 stairs (no elevators).

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Listing date: 16 July 2020
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HERITAGE ACRES (Saanich Historical Artifacts Society)
7321 Lochside Drive, Saanichton (north off Island View Road)

Daily: June 1 - mid-Sept: 9:00 am - 4 pm; Rest of year: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm.

Admission by donation. Membership: Single $30; Family $45.

The Society collects, restores, houses, displays and demonstrates artifacts telling the story of farming, country life and industry on early Vancouver Island. Artifacts are displayed in various locations around the property and within museum buildings. Relocated, restored and replica buildings are grouped into a village setting that depicts early 1900 BC life. 29-Acre Site featuring nature trails, picnic areas and park land.

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Listing date: Summer 2019
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634 Humboldt Street
Victoria BC

Winter Hours (September-May): Tuesday-Sunday 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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Listing date: Summer 2019
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675 Belleville Street
250-356-7226 or toll free 1-888-447-7977

Open daily from 10am to 5pm. Open until 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays from mid-May until early October. Closed Christmas Day and New Year's Day. BC Archives open Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm (Serviced), 4pm to 8pm (unserviced).

May 18-December 31, 2018
$26.95 Adult, $18.95 Senior/Student, $16.95 Youth;
Child (3-5) - Free.

Jan 1-May 16, 2019 per person and tax included:
$26.95 Adult, $18.95 Senior/Student, $16.95 Youth;
Child (3-5) - Free.

May 17-December 31, 2019 per person and tax included:
$23.95 Adult, $16.95 Senior/Student, $15.95 Youth;
Child (3-5) - Free.

Admission and hours subject to change during special events

See all of British Columbia at the Royal BC Museum, a world-class museum of natural and human history. Explore our core galleries and immerse yourself in tales of where we've been and where we are going. Discover things and people you never knew before at what TripAdvisor users have five times voted the number one museum in Canada. Marvel at the totems, masks and cultural treasurers featured in the world-class First Peoples Gallery. Experience authentic artifacts and highly realistic settings - from the Woolly Mammoth in his rocky, icy world to a tar-scented trip on the HMS Discovery.

Your experience doesn't end with our galleries. You can see sites like Helmcken House, St. Ann's Schoolhouse, the Netherlands Centennial Carillon and Thunderbird Park. Our precinct also includes a year-round food truck festival and Dequoia coffee bar. Come explore the Royal BC Museum. Located on Victoria's Inner Harbour, we are within walking distance of downtown hotels and restaurants.

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Listing date: 13 July 2020
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7910 Polo Park Crescent, Saanichton

Log Cabin Museum open Saturdays 1:00-4:00 pm
Closed Holiday weekends
Admission by donation

Archives open Mondays 9:00-2:00 pm
Closed Holidays
Appointments welcomed

The Log Cabin Museum contains a large collection of pioneer and early artifacts showing the history of the Saanich Peninsula from the 1850s onward. We welcome tours, by pre-arrangement, by tour groups, seniors homes, and school children. A quarterly newsletter is available.

The Archives has materials and images of the history of the Saanich Peninsula dating from before the 1850s. We welcome inquiries.

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Listing date: Summer 2019
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2423 Beacon Avenue, L3 Sidney

Hours: 10 am to 4 pm daily.
Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.

Admission by donation.

Sidney Museum was established in 1971 with a mandate to acquire, preserve and make available the heritage, culture and interests of the Saanich Peninsula; specifically, Sidney and North Saanich. It has proudly served the Saanich Peninsula community ever since. To date, the permanent museum collections contains over 8,000 artifacts and even more archival images and documents, many of which are regularly exhibited in the Sidney Museum's permanent exhibition galleries. Take a walk through time and discover the natural history of the area, followed by regularly updated permanent displays on local First Nations, industry, transportation, agriculture and social history. Experience our vintage kitchen, Critchley's Storefront, rustic Barn and hands-on schoolhouse. Or take in a short film in our theatre room! In addition to its permanent exhibits, the Sidney Museum also features rotating temporary exhibits on a diverse range of topics. See our website for the upcoming exhibit schedule. The Archives are available by research appointment and contain a large collection of documents, local newspapers and photographs.

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Listing date: Summer 2019
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2070 Phillips Road, Sooke, via Hwy 14

Hours: Open Daily, 9 am to 5 pm, May - October
Closed Mondays November - April

Admission by donation.

Regional museum presents the history of the southwest coast of Vancouver Island, featuring exhibits of First Nations, Forestry, Fishing, Maritime, Pioneers, also a Gift Shop and Art Gallery. Personalized interpretive tours of historic Moss Cottage, and the relocated heritage Triangle Island Lighthouse, are available onsite. Check website above to view the centre's attractions. Travel Counsellors will assist with regional information.

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