Five Fantastic Victoria BC Museums, Galleries, and Monuments

Elegant, historic and with a touch of British charm, the Canadian city of Victoria is absolutely worth a visit. Take the 1.5 hour ferry ride from bustling Vancouver to Vancouver Island and you will find yourself relaxing immediately. There is a slower pace on the island and in Victoria you can saunter down the flower-basket-lined cobblestone streets and really soak up the atmosphere. The British Colombia capital is rich with history and art and is home to several superb Victoria BC museums, galleries and monuments. It also has a vibrant music, theatre and spoken word poetry scene as well as several great restaurants and many cute cafes and quirky independent boutiques. It’s an easy day trip from Vancouver or Seattle, but if you want to stay longer there is enough to keep you busy for quite some time.

Five Fantastic Victoria BC Museums, Galleries, and Monuments

The British Columbia Legislature Buildings

This impressive building dominates the Inner Harbour and is lit up with thousands of sparking lights at night. During the summer peak tourist season, you can take an interesting and informative tour about the building’s history. Local actors bring to life historical characters from Victoria’s past.

Parliament building Victoria. Victoria BC museums
Parliament building Victoria

The Royal British Columbia Museum

Located right in the beautiful Inner harbour, this museum lets you walk through recreated historical streets and is a great place to learn about the fascinating history and culture of the First Nations People of British Columbia. There is also the IMAX theatre, perfect entertainment for a rainy day.

Royal British Columbia Museum, Victoria. Victoria BC museums
Royal British Columbia Museum, Victoria. Flickr: InSapphoWeTrust / CC BY-SA 2.0

The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

Located in a gorgeous Victorian mansion on a quiet tree-lined residential street just a few minutes from downtown, this gallery has a world class collection of Asian, Canadian and historical art pieces. Visit every third Sunday of the month for “Family Sunday” featuring fun kid-friendly performances and interactive art-making activities.

Morning Glow Victoria BC Parliament . Victoria BC museums
Morning Glow Victoria BC Parliament . Flickr: Mike Gabelmann / CC BY-NC 2.0

Craigdarroch Castle

Scottish coal baron Robert Dunsmuir was once the richest and most important man in Western Canada and he had an exquisite mansion built for him between 1887 and 1890 echoing the style of a Scottish Castle. The 39 rooms in the 20,000 square foot mansion have been restored to their 1890s furnishings and the castle tower provides stunning views over Victoria and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Craigdarroch Castle. Victoria BC museums
Craigdarroch Castle. Flickr: Tracy OCC BY-SA 2.0

The Victoria Bug Zoo and the Butterfly Gardens

When it comes to educational and hands-on nature Victoria BC museums that are great for kids, I had to include both of these great attractions. At the Butterfly Gardens museum you can explore an indoor warm tropical paradise of amazing exotic butterflies and at the Bug Zoo you can learn about exotic insects and even get a chance to hold a tarantula or scorpion.

Butterfly Garden. Victoria BC museums
Butterfly Garden

About Kelly Dunning


A Canadian freelance writer with a love of art, culture, literature and adventure, Kelly loves exploring foreign lands and expressing her experiences through the power of the written word. She and her English boyfriend Lee run, packed full with travel guides, stories and inspiration for those who dream of travel. They have been location independent and travelling the world digital-nomad style for the last three years, with no address, no car and no fixed schedule.

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