Victoria Heritage Attractions: MUSEUMSQuick Links: B.C. 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 |
B.C. AVIATION MUSEUM
1910 Norseman Road, Victoria International Airport
Daily: Summer: 10 am - 4 pm; Winter: 11 am - 3 pm.
Adults: $8; Seniors (65): $6; Students with I.D.: $4; Children 12 and under, accompanied by an adult, are free. Groups of 10 or more receive special rates with prior arrangements.
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
June - August: Tuesday - Friday: 10 am - 3 pm;
Admission by donation.
Exhibit includes Canadian Scottish regalia, memorabilia & artifacts. The Dr. Stirling Lee Enfield weapons collection. Photo collection and library.
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 shipboard mess deck, communications room and wheelhouse. Located in a National Historic District, the museum is housed in a complex of distinguished brick buildings designed by prominent Victoria architect, John Teague. Erected in the late 19th century as a hospital, the complex now showcases the heritage of the military presence on, and defence of, Vancouver Island. Self-guided walking tours of Naden year-round; guided tours of the museum by arrangement.
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/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).
HERITAGE ACRES (Saanich Historical Artifacts Society)
7321 Lochside Drive, Saanichton (north off Island View Road)
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.
MARITIME MUSEUM OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
28 Bastion Square
Open daily from 10 am to 5 pm. Closed Christmas Day and New Year's Day
Adults: $12; Seniors/Students: $10; Youth (6 to 18): $5; Children 5 and under: FREE; Family (2 adults + 2 Youth) $30.
Self-Guided and Guided tours are available. Please phone ahead to book your tour today! 250-385-4222, ext 102.
Encounter explorers, fur traders and ruthless pirates. Experience the perils of whaling and seal hunting. Discover a more luxurious time of travel aboard majestic Canadian Pacific ocean liners and explore the rich history of the Royal Canadian Navy. Don't miss a ride on North America's oldest open-cage elevator, or a wander through Judge Begbie's historic Courtroom. You'll find it all at the Maritime Museum of BC! Also visit our gift shop, The Crow's Nest, and find the perfect nautical gift for you or that special someone!
ROYAL BC MUSEUM
675 Belleville Street
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:Adults: $14:29; Seniors, (65+) $9:06; Youth: (6-18) $9.06; Student (with valid ID) $9.06; Child (3-5) - Free; Family (2 adults and 2 youths) $37:63.
Admission and hours subject to change during special events.
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.
SAANICH PIONEERS SOCIETY MUSEUM AND ARCHIVES
7910 Polo Park Crescent, Saanichton
Sunday 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: 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.
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.