Friday, April 19, 2024

9 enlightening museums to explore in and around Greater Victoria


Not feeling super outdoorsy today? You have an excuse!

With this Thursday, May 18th being International Museum Day, now would be a great time to highlight some of the many amazing exhibits in our great city.

Lucky for you, Victoria has an extensive list of options – might as well try to hit as many as possible!

There are around 18 different museums, but we’ve compiled a highlight list of 9 for you to try—you’ll see some classics, but maybe some you didn’t know about too!

Here are 9 museums to check out in and around Greater Victoria:

Royal BC Museum

Spend your afternoon perusing multiple floors in the Royal BC Museum – including the current exhibition, Dinosaurs of BC (rawr).

  • Where: 675 Belleville Street
  • When: Open 7 days a week, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Emily Carr House

Step back in time as you enter this beloved Canadian artist’s house. Emily Carr is known for her vibrant portrayals of wildlife and nature. 

  • Where: 207 Government Street
  • When: Open Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Chinese Canadian Museum

This museum highlights the triumphs and struggles for Chinese Canadians starting their new journey in Victoria.

  • Where: 10 – 14 Fan Tan Alley
  • When: Open Thursday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary’s) Regimental Museum

Located in the Bay Street Armory, you can check out artifacts and snippets of history from the Canadian Scottish Regiment.

  • Where: 311 – 715 Bay Street (public access via Field Street)
  • When: Every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum

Check out this military and naval museum! It’s located on the Canadian Forces Base in Esquimalt and is home to a large collection of archived and preserved materials. 

  • Where: Naden Street
  • When: Open 7 days a week, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Dino Lab Inc.

Everyone loves dinosaurs! If one visit isn’t enough, explore their programs for the opportunity to work with these ancient bones – there’s even a junior program for the youngins!

  • Where: 491 Dupplin Road #2
  • When: 
    • Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Craigdarroch Castle

Talk about a serious time warp! This castle is the epitome of late-1800s wealth and has served many purposes over the years. Take a tour!

  • Where: 1050 Joan Crescent
  • When: Wednesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wentworth Villa – Architectural Heritage Museum

Described as a hidden attraction, this architectural museum is a direct glimpse into the mid-late 1800s in Victoria – all bundled up in a unique heritage home. 

  • Where: 1156 Fort Street
  • When: Thursday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse NHS

Walk around this 19th-century artillery fortress and visit the west coast’s oldest lighthouse! This open-air museum contains stories of soldiers and lighthouse keepers alike.

  • Where: 603 Fort Rodd Hill Rd
  • When: Open 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Did we miss your favorite? Tell us what it is in the comment section below! 


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