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7 things to do at the Royal BC Museum in the new year


Have some spare time after the holidays and want to make up for your New Years Eve hangover?

Start the year right with some exciting and informative new events at the Royal BC Museum.

Whether you’re hanging out with friends or spending some quality time with family, the museum has got something for everyone!

Here’s a list of what’s happening:

1. Christmas in Old Town

(Royal BC Museum)

Keep the post-holiday blues at bay by taking a trip down memory lane and seeing what a Victorian Christmas looked like years ago. Experience a Yuletide blast from the past as you walk down wood-cobbled streets and take in the festive atmosphere.

  • When: Tuesday, January 2nd – Tuesday, January 9th, 10 AM – 5 PM
  • Price: Included with admission or membership

2. Food Truck Festival

(Royal BC Museum)

The year-long Food Truck Festival in the museum’s back courtyard will be re-opening after the holidays on January 2nd. Take a break from perusing the wonders of the world and treat yourself to some delicious grub from local eateries!

3. Letter Writing Week 

(Royal BC Museum)

Take some time out of your busy schedule to sit down and partake in the lost art of letter writing. As part of their Letter Writing Week initiative, the museum will provide you with all the tools necessary to craft a message that may be worthy of their future archives.

  • When: Tuesday, January 2nd – Sunday, January 7th, 11 AM – 2 PM
  • Price: Included with admission or membership

4. Wonder Sunday: Local Land

(Royal BC Museum)

This family-friendly program aims to educate people about the Lekwungen speaking people upon whose territory Victoria was built. The initiative is a part of the Our Living Languages exhibition and invites you to learn more by visiting the First Peoples gallery.

  • When: Every Sunday in January (7th, 14th, 21st, 28th), 1 PM – 3 PM
  • Price: Included with admission or membership

5. Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit

(Royal BC Museum)

You can’t miss the museum’s coveted annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit, developed and produced by the Natural History Museum in London! This year will feature 100 back-lit large scale photos showing you the wonders of the natural world.

PLUS you still have the opportunity to vote for this year’s People’s Choice Award out of a shortlisted 25 best images. Voting ends on February 5th, 2018, so click here to cast yours!
Then share your choice with @NHM_WPY on Twitter with the hashtag #MyWPY for a chance to win a copy of Portfolio 27, published by the Natural History Museum, London.

  • When: Friday, December 8th, 2017 – Monday, April 2nd, 2018
  • Price: Included with admission or membership

6. Live at Lunch: From Haida Gwaii to the Salish Sea


Learn about our province’s coastal biodiversity as Dr. Joel Gibson, curator of entomology, and Dr. Henry Choong, curator of invertebrate zoology, share their experience aboard the 150-day long Canada C3 (coast-to-coast-to-coast) expedition.

  • When: Wednesday, January 3rd, 12 PM – 1 PM
  • Price: Admission by donation

7. Acts of Kindness and Complicity lecture


Join oral historian Dr. Pamela Sugiman as she uncovers some troublesome aspects of the controversial history of Japanese Canadian internment. She will examine the silence of bystanders and their stories as a factor in shaping the events of the time.

  • When: Sunday, January 28th, 2 PM – 3:30 PM
  • Price: Admission by donation

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