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Museums, Music & Theater Sites
Discover local culture, history, and the arts with a tour of museums, art galleries, and theaters around British Columbia. From the maritime museum to the science center, you’ll find plenty of ways to discover unique facts about the region during your visit. Many cultural attractions and art galleries are located in and around downtown Vancouver but you can also find a handful of theatres and museums scattered around British Columbia.
Head to Victoria International Airport to explore the British Columbia Aviation Museum. It houses several historical aircraft, including the Noorduyn Norseman and the Skye Track Skyseeker. Take a tour of the two hangars and visit the restoration workshop and gift shop during your visit.
Learn about sports history at the BC Golf Museum. You’ll find it adjacent to the University of British Columbia’s 17th tee inside the University Golf Club clubhouse. It houses a large collection of golf memorabilia and reference books.
See the model ships and learn about the Campbell River with a trip to the Campbell River Maritime Heritage Centre. It’s located on Discovery Pier and you’ll find the BCP45 fishing seiner here.
When you find yourself in east Vancouver, don’t miss the chance to take a historical tour of the Mackin House Museum in the historic Maillardville village. This was the home of the General Manager of Fraser Mills and you can take a guided tour to see the Fraser Mills train station and Toy Museum.
If you want to learn about naval history and Pacific explorations, head to the Maritime Museum of BC. This museum was founded by naval officers and tells the story of shipbuilding and trading along Canada’s west coast.
One of the most popular attractions in Victoria is the Royal BC Museum. It was founded in the late 19th century and features dozens of displays and exhibits about natural and human history. You'll also find three permanent galleries of local First Nation Indian history, natural history, and modern history from the British Columbia Provincial Archives here.
Discover science with hands-on exhibits, demonstrations, and feature films at Science World at Telus World of Science. Kids of all ages will appreciate the interactive exhibits and OMNIMAX Theatre experience.
Learn about Vancouver’s rich art history at The Art Emporium, the oldest art gallery in Canada. It opened to the public in 1897 and makes up Vancouver’s diverse art scene. You can stroll through Gallery Row to see a variety of pieces from British Columbia artists.
You’ll find more than 18,000 works of art in seven galleries at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. This is the largest public collection in British Columbia and Vancouver Island. You’ll find exhibits of contemporary, historical, Asian, and Canadian art at this gallery, as well as permanent displays.
Take a tour of Belfry Gardens or catch a summer production at Belfry Theatre. This historic theatre was once a baptist church and now produces up to 12 plays a year. It’s located in the Fenwood neighborhood on Vancouver Island.
Another place to catch a concert or theatre performance is at The Royal Theatre and McPherson Playhouse. The venue hosts a variety of shows every season, including musicals and plays. It’s a popular destination on Vancouver Island for locals and visitors alike.
Head to the Robert Bateman Center in the Steamship Terminal to see works of art from Canadian artist Robert Bateman. The exhibits are available year round and you can head here to see rotating exhibits such as oneTree and Rover Boys.