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Museums Around British Columbia

Learn about the history of aviation, golf, and the navy in British Columbia at several museums around Vancouver and other cities. You'll find several places to see model ships and learn about naval history at maritime museums, including the Campbell River Maritime Heritage centre on Discovery Pier and Maritime Museum of BC. The Royal BC Museum in Victoria is a popular destination to learn about modern history and houses the British Columbia Provincial Archives.

Take a historical tour of the Mackin House Museum, the former residence of Fraser Mills. The museum is located in Maillardville village east of Vancouver and you can make the most of your visit with a tour of the Toy Museum and the Fraser Mills train station while you’re there.

If you’re traveling with kids, don’t miss the hands-on exhibits and feature films at Science World at Telus World of Science. The venue features interactive exhibits and an OMNIMAX theatre to provide a unique experience for science lovers of all ages.

British Columbia Aviation Museum

Located on the grounds of Victoria International Airport, the British Columbia Aviation Museum offers Vancouver Island visitors displays of historical aircraft spread across two hangars. Additionally, the museum covers civilian and military artifacts, a gift shop, and a restoration workshop.

Notable plane models include the Noorduyn Norseman, the Skiorsky S-55, the Douglas A-26 Invader, and the Skye Treck Skyseeker.

BC Golf Museum

Golf enthusiasts in the Vancouver area, should take time to connect with the sport's rich history, while in the city. Schedule plenty of time to tour the BC Golf Museum, located adjacent to the University of British Columbia's 17th tee.

This wonderful museum is housed in the University Golf Club clubhouse, the oldest surviving golf clubhouse in the province. Stroll through the museum to view the variety of exhibits.

Learn about the history of the sport from its beginnings in Europe to recent Canadian events. Browse the clubs display, books, bags display and golf memorabilia. The BC Golf House library features a wonderful collection of reference books. Before leaving, take a few moments to view the inductees in the Golf Hall of Fame British Columbia.

Campbell River Maritime Heritage Centre

Set on the Strait of Georgia, the Campbell River Maritime Heritage Centre is located in Campbell River on the northeastern coast of Vancouver Island. This heritage museum was established in 1998 on Discovery Pier.

The Campbell River Maritime Heritage Centre is best known for housing the BCP45 fishing seiner – the vessel formerly found on Canada’s five-dollar bill. Check out model ships, gain some knot tying skills, and check out a special event at this a National Historic Site of Canada.

Mackin House Museum

Enjoy a historical tour on your next visit to Coquitlam. The Mackin House Museum is located in the historic Maillardville village in Coquitlam, east of Vancouver. This historic home was built in 1909 as the residence for Fraser Mills, the General Manager of Fraser Mills. The home is open for guided tours.

While touring the home, schedule time to also tour the Toy Museum and the Fraser Mills train station. View the artifacts and find visitor information on the Heritage Square parks, historic sites, bicycle paths and amphitheatre. The old caboose is a popular attraction.

Maritime Museum of BC

Established in 1953, the Maritime Museum of BC was registered as a non-profit society in 1957. Founded by naval officers, the museum features exhibits dedicated to showcasing the history and culture of Canada's west coast.

The museum houses three floors of exhibits – Pacific exploration, the shipbuilding industry, and coastal commerce – off of which delve further upon viewing. The museum is impressively housed in Victorian, provincial law buildings built in 1889 on Vancouver Island.

Royal BC Museum

Founded in 1886, the Royal British Columbia Museum details the province's natural and human history. With over 350,000 yearly visitors, the Royal BC Museum is one of Victoria's most popular attractions.

With its merging with the British Columbia Provincial Archives, the museum offers three permanent galleries. Visitors can explore modern history, natural history, and local First Nation Indian history.

See over 7 million objects, artifacts, and natural history remains alongside 750,000 archival records.

Science World

Enter a world where science is fun for all ages. Science World at Telus World of Science in Vancouver, is ready for your exploration.

Since 1977, the Vancouver community has enjoyed hands-on science exhibits, from the efforts of Barbara Brink. At the completion of the 1986 World's Fair, the geodesic dome building used as the Expo Centre, became the home for Science World. After renovations and additions, this incredible center overlooking False Creek opened in 1988.

Visit the center to see the Da Vinci - The Genius exhibit, watch one or more of the feature films in the Science Theater or enjoy a full-screen movie experience in the OMNIMAX Theatre. The exhibit galleries at Science World include, Bodyworks, Eureka, Kidspace, Our World, Search and Science News & Views.

Be sure to watch one of the amazing demonstrations at the Daily Centre Stage that occur throughout the day. Science World also hosts a variety of programs and events throughout the year for all ages. Schedule plenty of time to see and do it all.