Royal BC Museum

Royal BC Museum

Royal BC Museum

Royal BC Museum
675 Belleville street
Victoria BC, V8W 9W2

250-387-5674 (fax)

website  |  email  |  map

Feature Exhibitions

On Now:

Race to the End of the Earth - May 17 - Oct. 14, 2013

The race is on! This new exhibition recounts one of the most stirring tales of exploration—the dramatic contest to reach the South Pole in 1911. Two Antarctic-bound explorers, the Englishman Robert Falcon Scott and the Norwegian Roald Amundsen, led teams through harrowing conditions against a ticking clock. Who would reach the pole first? And when they got there, could either make it back home?

Tradition in Felicities - Feb 7 - Sept. 29, 2013

This temporary exhibition showcases the transnational and transpacific history of BC as well as Victoria Chinatown’s important role between the 1910s and 1930s.  On display is a Chinese Freemason’s lanter in the process of conservation work, from Tuesday to Saturday, 11am – 4pm.

Upcoming Events

Summer Camps: Base Camp

Budding adventurers will discover their inner explorer in this week-long summer camp at the Royal BC Museum. In addition to learning about Race to the End of the Earth’s Scott and Amundsen’s famous expeditions, participants will also learn about modern science taking place at the pole. Campers will spend lots of time in our feature exhibition as well as getting outdoors. Secure your spot early; last year’s camps sold out. Lunch and snacks not provided.

Ages: 8-10 years
Dates: July 8-12 & 22-26, August 12-16 & 19-23
Time: 9am – 4pm
$244 per person. 10% member discount.
Register online or at the Royal BC Museum box office.

Quest Antarctic Lecture Series
Each month meet a new BC Adventurer who dared to explore the Antarctic.
7:30pm to 9pm
Clifford Carl Hall
$16 per person + tax, 10% member discount • Discount for purchase of entire series
Tickets available online or at the Royal BC Museum box office • ASL Interpreter


July 4 - Pat Morrow - Photographer and Mountain Climber

The first to climb the highest peak on all seven continents, Morrow co-founded the logistics company Adventure Network to tackle Antarctica’s highest peak, Mt Vinson Massif.


July 18 - Hayley Shephard - Wilderness Guide and Author

Shephard was the first person to attempt a solo sea kayak journey around South Georgia Island, a Sub-Antarctic Island. Shephard will introduce her documentary film Soul of the Sea followed by a Q & A.


August 1 – Gareth Wood - Adventurer, Consultant and Author


Wood lived two years in a small hut in Antarctica and trekked 900 miles on foot to the South Pole, without support of dog sleds or radio communications


September 5 - Adrian Raeside - Author and Editorial Cartoonist


Related to three members of the Scott Expedition, Raeside traveled to Antarctica to retrace his grandfather, Sir Charles Wright’s footsteps.


October 5 – Jana Stefan - Conservator and Royal BC Museum Exhibit Arts Technician


Stefan has lived and worked in Antarctica for two seasons, enduring extreme living conditions in order to preserve the world’s most remote historic site, R.F. Scott’s Expedition Hut.

Please visit the What's on Calendar for the most up to date listing. Click Here.

Permanent Galleries
The Royal BC Museum has three permanent galleries on display each and every day.

First Peoples Gallery
For countless generations people have prospered in the land we know as British Columbia. This gallery gives visitors dramatic glimpses of First Nations cultures before and after the arrival of Europeans.

Modern History Gallery
The sights, sounds & smells of the past can be so vivid that you might - just for a moment - think you're really there! Explore a replica of the stern section of Captain George Vancouver's ship HMS Discovery and wander the streets of Old Town.

Natural History Gallery
This gallery takes visitors on a journey across time and through dramatically changing environments. In one visit you will time-travel from lush tropical forests to ice-bound tundra, emerging in the present where you can hike through rainforest and to a spectacular rocky ocean shore.

Site Sponsors
Island Parent Saanich Recreation