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Victoria Heritage Attractions: MUSEUMS

Quick Links: BC Aviation Museum | 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
250-655-3300,
www.bcam.net

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 under 6 yrs accompanied by an adult are Free. Groups of 10 or more receive special rates with prior arrangements.

The new home of the British Columbia Aviation Hall of Fame. Hangar facilities with 24 vintage aircraft; separate Memorial Room with artifacts dedicated to the two Great Wars. Selected aircraft under restoration every Thursday. Gift shop.


CANADIAN SCOTTISH REGIMENTAL MUSEUM
Bay Street Armoury, Field and Douglas entrance off Field Street
250-363-8753
www.islandnet.com/~csrmuse
email: cscotrmuseum@shaw.ca

June - August: Tuesday - Friday: 10 am - 3 pm;
Rest of year: Tuesday: 9 am - 2 pm.
Call to confirm hours of operation.

Admission by donation.

Exhibit includes Canadian Scottish regalia, memorabilia & artifacts. The Dr. Stirling Lee Enfield weapons collection. Photo collection and library.

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CFB ESQUIMALT NAVAL & MILITARY MUSEUM
(Naden Way - entrance off Admirals Road Esquimalt)
250-363-4312
www.navalandmilitarymuseum.org

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.


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

Daily: June 15 - Labour Day: 9 am - 7 pm; Labour Day - June 14: 10 am - 4:30 pm.

Adult/Senior: $11:75 ; Student: $10:75; Student: (19+) $7.75; 6-18 years: $3:75; 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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HERITAGE ACRES (Saanich Historical Artifacts Society)
7321 Lochside Drive, Saanichton (north off Island View Road)
250-652-5522

Daily: June 1 - Sept 30: 9:30 am - 4 pm; Rest of year: 9:30 am - 12 noon.

Admission by donation. Membership: Single $20; Family $30.

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. Group tours can be prearranged by calling the office about one week in advance. 29-Acre Site featuring nature trails, picnic areas and park land.

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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
www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca

Open daily from 10 am - 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 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 anaimals 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.

Additional heritage attractions - Helmcken 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.

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.

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SAANICH PIONEERS SOCIETY MUSEUM AND ARCHIVES
7910 Polo Park Crescent, Saanichton
250-479-8580

www.saanichpioneersociety.org
email: info@saanichpioneersociety.org

Sundays only 12 - 3 pm
Not Open Holidays

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.

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SIDNEY MUSEUM AND ARCHIVES
2423 Beacon Avenue, L3 Sidney
250-655-6355
www.sidneymuseum.ca
email: info@sidneymuseum.ca

Hours: Open daily all year, 10 am to 4 pm

Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day

Admission by donation.

Devoted to the history of the early lives of Sidney and North Saanich pioneers, portrayed through displays, artifacts and photographs. Sidney Museum Archives provides extensive research facilities for records and photographs related to the Saanich Peninsula. The Museum also features monthly exhibits of local art and hobbies.

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SOOKE REGION MUSEUM & VISITOR CENTRE
2070 Phillips Road, Sooke, via Hwy 14
250-642-6351
www.sookeregionmuseum.com
email: info@sookeregionmuseum.com

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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