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Museums & Heritage Sites

British Columbia's historic places - buildings, other structures, landscapes, historic districts, and other places — are crucial to the understanding, appreciation, and sustainability of BC communities.

From annual heritage tours to the Royal BC Museum in Victoria, heritage villages to countless community museums throughout the province, British Columbia's history is well-preserved.

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BC Museum Association

Victoria BC

Look for "ACCEPTED HERE" GO Card decals for ADMISSION DISCOUNTS at participating BC museums, art galleeries & other program partners.

The BCMA is the cultural information hub for British Columbia, providing a unified voice for the institutions, trustees, professional staff and volunteers of the BC museum and gallery community. Stay informed of BC's cultural heritage, past, present and future.

British Columbia Heritage Sites
Time Travel BC

Victoria BC

Discover unique histories while shopping on main street, hiking an old wagon road, dining in Chinatown or exploring down by the docks. Heritage is everywhere and in every town - just look around! And for a sure bet in finding a special experience visit one of British Columbia's Provincial Historic Sites: <br/>

South Okanagan Heritage Alliance

785 Main Street
Penticton BC V2A 5E3

The history of the South Okanagan - Similkameen can be found in four unique communities which offer you a chance to experience the days of old. Neighbouring Summerland and Penticton at the southern end of Okanagan Lake, Okanagan Falls which takes its place at the southern end of Skaha Lake, Oliver a little further south on Highway 97. These thriving agricultural and tourism based communities offer you a chance to discover their past during a leisurely tour of six heritage attractions.

Aboriginal Tourism BC

Vancouver BC

Kla - how- eya

The First Nations of British Columbia, Canada welcome you! British Columbia has known the footsteps of Aboriginal people from time immemorial. We are the indigenous peoples of this land whose traditions and culture remain strong, rich and diverse and whose life has been shaped by the land, oceans, climate and creatures within.

Our land is British Columbia. A vast beautiful landscape that is as diverse as its people. From the rocky shoreline carved by the ocean to the peaks of the highest mountains and the beautiful plains of the interiorthis is our home.

Here in BC you can watch native artists carve a totem pole, explore our traditional lands and waters with an Aboriginal guide, experience a traditional First Nations healing and purification lodge with a native elder, view exquisite Pacific Northwest native art in art galleries, cultural centers and museums, sample traditional foods and award-winning wines, relax in native-owned resorts, campgrounds, log cabins and bed & breakfast inns and even enjoy a round of golf on a native-owned championship golf course!

The Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia (ATBC) and its members invite you to travel to British Columbia this year to experience our rich First Nations culture, traditions and warm hospitality.

Barkerville Historic Town

Barkerville BC

Once the largest city west of Chicago and north of San Francisco, Barkerville is now BC's largest heritage site, boasting more than 135 heritage buildings and displays, chronicling the Cariboo gold rush. A living museum with period gift shops, Heritage B&B;'s, live theatre, gold panning, dining and stage coach rides.
You will treasure the experience!
Interpretive Programs
Richfield Courthouse
Cornish Waterwheel
St. Saviour's Church
Blacksmith's Shop
Wendle House
Main Street

Operating Businesses
Stagecoach Rides
Bed & Breakfasts
Theatre Royal
Gold Panning
Gift Shops

BC Farm Machinery & Agricultural Museum

9131 King Street
Fort Langley BC

BC's largest pioneer collection, featuring vintage tractors & farming equipment as well as a library, historical photos and much more. Check out the website for admission prices, and upcoming Events including special displays and family-friendly activities.

Open 10am-4:30pm, 7 days a week from April 1 to Thanksgiving Monday in October.

BC Forest Discovery Centre

2892 Drinkwater Road
Duncan BC V9L 6C2
Toll Free 1.866.715.1113

Let one of our historic trains take you on a tour around our 100-acre wooded site!

At the BC Forest Discovery Centre, a stroll around the grounds will quickly transform one into an exciting, educational experience. With many exhibits for the whole family, there is always something new to explore.

We're one of the most "eventful" museums in BC!
Thousands enjoy the diverse special activities and exhibits at the many events during our 6-month season. See live eagles, try out kids' logging activities, face-painting, wagon rides, crafts, scavenger hunts and more and more and more!

Britannia Mine Museum

Britannia Beach BC
1.800.896.4044; 604.896.2233

The Britannia Mine Museum has unveiled its newly transformed visitor attraction and has been revitalized with a major $14.7-million redevelopment. Located along the Sea-to-Sky highway, the museum offers fun family entertainment and engagement about mining, local arts and culture. The ever popular underground mine and gold panning will thrill adventure seekers of all ages.

Top 10
Ride a train deep inside a real mining tunnel
Explore underground in a real mine
Pan for REAL gold
Explore modern and interactive exhibits
View rare and unique gems
Explore the new Kids Play Area
Ignite a dynamite "explosion"
Step inside the historic 20-story Mill
Climb the Super Haul truck
Enjoy an entertaining movie in the Museum theatre

Britannia Shipyard - National Historic Site

5180 Westwater Drive
Richmond BC V7E 6P3
Fax 604.718.8040

Britannia Heritage Shipyard is a rare surviving example of a once thriving mixture of canneries, boatyards and residences. It is an eight acre National Historic Site with some of the oldest remaining heritage buildings found along the Fraser River.

Bulkley Valley (BV) Museum

1425 Main Street
Smithers BC

The Bulkley Valley Museum concentrates story of the Bulkley Valley communities, the construction of the railroad, and the effects on the agricultural and forest industries in the area.

The Bulkley Valley Museum is yours to discover.

Connect to the Bulkley Valley Museum Website!

Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel

6501 Deer Lake Avenue
Burnaby BC V5G 3T6

May 4-Sep 2, 2013, closed Mondays

Nov 23-Jan 3, 2014, open daily

Gate admission is free, Carousel Rides are $2.21 each

Where History Comes to Life – Stroll down the streets of a 1920s village exploring at your own pace. The village is a combination of heritage and replica buildings on a 10-acre site. Period costumed townsfolk welcome visitors and give demonstrations in the homes, businesses and shops. Popular stops include the blacksmith, the print shop, the garden at the farmhouse and the General Store.

Click here for short Videos & Tours of the Burnaby Village Museum.

Chilliwack Museum and Archives

45820 Spadina Avenue
Chilliwack BC V2P 1T3

Mon to Fri: 9am - 4:30pm

"Our Window to the Past"
The Chilliwack Museum is located in downtown Chilliwack. Exhibit galleries show how a community of small villages evolved to become a city. Videos, films, a kid's corner and objects are used to tell the Chilliwack story. The Chambers Gallery features changing art displays of local and B.C. artists.

CN Station

Glover Road and Mavis Avenue
Fort Langley BC V1M 2R5

1915 CN Station relocated to the corner of Mavis and Glover in Fort Langley and refurbished from 1983-1985 - designed by the Great Northern RR it was bought by the CNR in l918.

Today it houses the Fort Langley Artists Group, F.L.A.G. in the baggage room and has a small museum in the ticket office and waiting room. The 'site' also has a l920's Caboose with original furnishings and with a well equipped working model RR. It is manned by summer students for July and August and by "site" volunteers for May, June, Sept and October (until Thanksgiving).Summer & Fall Weekends from 12 to 4p.m.

Craigflower Manor And Schoolhouse National Historic Site

Victoria BC

May 0 to Sep 0, Daily, 11 am to 5 pm Also open during Holidays

Craigflower Farm was established on land purchased in 1850 from the chiefs of the Kosapsom people, who had lived in the area for millennia. The farm was one of four original farms set up by the Hudson's Bay Company as part of their obligations in settling Vancouver Island.

Cottonwood House Historic Site

4660 Barkerville Highway
Quesnel BC V2J 2R3

May to August

Cottonwood House Historic Site is located 26 kilometres east of Quesnel, BC. It is a preserved road house on the Gold Rush Trail to Barkerville Historic Town.

Emily Carr House

207 Government Street
Victoria BC V8V 2K3

Visit the home of the Canadian legend, Emily Carr, one of our first and best known artists and authors. Her birthplace has been restored to reflect its appearance in the 1870s and features contemporary art shows.

Centrally located only four blocks from the Inner Harbour and the Provincial Legislature, the house offers its visitors a chance to gain an insight into Canada's first - and best known - independent artist and writer.

The Exploration Place

333 Becott Place
Prince George BC

Surround yourself with the extraordinary, the historical, the amazing, the past and the future at The Exploration Place, Prince George’s number one adventure spot for the entire family!

It’s a strictly hands-on experience where children and adults can touch, feel and thoroughly learn about a diverse range of subjects. Innovative exhibits allow visitors to explore the last days of the Titanic, learn about Canada’s Indian Residential Schools, the prison system and the evolution of the motorcycle.

Experience Golden Raven Cultural Projects

Fort Langley National Historic Site

23433 Mavis Avenue
Fort Langley BC V1M 2R5

Explore Fort Langley, Vancouver’s only fort, first built in 1827. Swap stories with our costumed interpreters, watch the blacksmith bend steel, and pan for gold. Enjoy year round activities at the site where British Columbia was proclaimed a colony in 1858. New — stay overnight in a furnished oTENTik tent!

Fraser River Discovery Centre

788 Quayside Drive
(next to the public market) New Westminster BC

Discover the living, working Fraser River with interactive exhibits & hands-on programs.

Come…Play…Explore and Discover the stories and diversity of the Mighty Fraser River through fun, hands-on, interactive exhibits, programs and events. The Fraser River Discovery Centre presents the economic, environmental and socio-cultural contributions of the Fraser River to the life, history and future of British Columbia and its people.

Fort Nelson Heritage Museum

PO Box 716
Fort Nelson BC V0C 1R0
(250) 774-3536

The Fort Nelson Heritage Museum is situated just West of the historic Mile 300 milepost on the World Famous Alaska Highway. The museum is located in Fort Nelson, BC, Canada and is operated by the Fort Nelson Historical Society. Fort Nelson is the gateway to the Northern Rocky Mountains and the Muskwa-Kechika Management Area.

Greater Vernon Museum & Archives

3009 -32nd Avenue
Vernon BC V1T 2L8

10am-5pm, Tues to Sat

The Greater Vernon Museum and Archives presents the history of the North Okanagan through streetscapes, dioramas and changing exhibits. Highlights include the Allan Brooks Gallery, military displays and aboriginal history. An extensive archives & research facility is on site along with a gift shop.

Grist Mill & Gardens

Keremeos BC

Open daily, 9am - 4pm
Victoria Day to Thanksgiving

A BC Heritage Site. Explore 1877 water powered Grist Mill and store. Meditate in the Victorian Gardens beside the creek or wander through the heritage apple orchards. Enjoy the view from the Tearoom or browse our unique gift shop. Visit for the day or stay longer at our RV campground. Nestled in the natural beauty of the Similkameen Valley.

Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site

12138 Fourth Avenue
Richmond BC V7E 3J1

Situated atop wooden pilings over the mightly Fraser River, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery is one of the few remaining historic 19th century salmon canneries on the coast of BC. It commemorates the development of Canada's West Coast Fishing industry from the 1870's to the present.

Helmcken House

675 Belleville Street
Victoria BC V8W 9W2
Toll Free 1-888-447-7977
Fax 250-387-5674

Helmcken House was built by Dr. John Sebastian Helmcken, a surgeon with the Hudson's Bay Company. It is one of the oldest houses in British Columbia still on its original site. Dr. Helmcken set up house in Victoria when he married the daughter of Governor James Douglas in 1852. He went on to become a statesman and helped negotiate the entry of British Columbia into Canada, as a province. The good doctor's original 19th century medical kit is among the interesting items on display.

Heritage Park Museum

4702 Kerby Ave
Terrace BC

Summer Hours: May- Aug, 10am- 6pm Daily; Off Season: Sept- Apr, by appointment 7 days a week.

Heritage Park Museum has an impressive collection of over 4000 artifacts exhibited within 8 historic log buildings that represent life in the Terrace area in the early 1900's.

Interpretative tours four times a day May-August and by appointment September-April.