Victoria Heritage Attractions: MUSEUMSQuick 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 |
BC AVIATION MUSEUM
1910 Norseman Road, Victoria International Airport
Daily: Summer: 10 am - 4 pm; Winter: 11 am - 3 pm.
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.
The new home of the British Columbia Aviation Hall of Fame. Hangars contain more than 25 vintage aircraft and large collections of artefacts and models. Guided access to Restoration Hangar. Gift shop.
THE CANADIAN SCOTTISH REGIMENTAL MUSEUM
Bay Street Armoury
715 Bay Street (Parking and Entrance off Field Street)
June 1 - August 31: Tuesday to Friday: 10 am - 3 pm
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.
CFB ESQUIMALT NAVAL & MILITARY MUSEUM
(Naden Way - entrance off Admirals Road Esquimalt)
Monday - Friday: 10 am - 3:30 pm.
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.
CRAIGDARROCH CASTLE HISTORIC HOUSE MUSEUM
1050 Joan Crescent
Daily: June 15 - Labour Day: 9 am - 7 pm; Labour Day - June 14: 10 am - 4:30 pm.
Adult: $14:25; Senior: $13:25; Students (13+ with Valid ID): $9:25;
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).
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.
MARITIME MUSEUM OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
634 Humboldt Street
Winter Hours (September-May): Tuesday-Sunday 10am - 4pm
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.
ROYAL BC MUSEUM & ARCHIVES
675 Belleville Street
250-356-7226 or toll free 1-888-447-7977
Jan 1-May 16, 2019 per person and tax included:
May 17-December 31, 2019 per person and tax included:
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.
SAANICH PIONEERS SOCIETY MUSEUM AND ARCHIVES
7910 Polo Park Crescent, Saanichton
Sundays only 12 - 3 pm
Admission by donation.
The Log cabin contains a large collection of pioneer, including native, artifacts and archives - history of the Saanich Peninsula colonization from the 1850's. We welcome tours, by pre-arrangement, to tour groups, seniors homes, and school children. A quarterly newsletter is available.
SIDNEY MUSEUM AND ARCHIVES
2423 Beacon Avenue, L3 Sidney
Hours: 10 am to 4 pm daily.
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.
SOOKE REGION MUSEUM & VISITOR CENTRE
2070 Phillips Road, Sooke, via Hwy 14
Hours: Open Daily, 9 am to 5 pm, May - October
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.