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Profile Last Updated: February 06, 2009
Dinosaur footprints embedded in the sidewalk outside of the Royal British Columbia Museum (RBCM) remind visitors that they have a lot of territory to cover. Bounded by Douglas, Belleville and Government Streets, the museum is comprised of several buildings. The cultural precinct includes the IMAX theatre, B.C. Archives, Helmcken House, the Netherlands Carillon Tower, Thunderbird Park and Mungo Martin House. Visitors are greeted by the museum's mascot, a full-sized wooly mammoth, excavated from a glacier, and then proceed into the 60s modern-style building, which houses priceless artifacts from B.C's rich history.
Exhibits Covering Centuries of History
A contemporary history display features household items from each decade of the 20th Century - a reminder that what's new today is history tomorrow. Walk-through dioramas allow visitors to stroll along Victoria streets from the time of the gold rush. View period pioneer farms, a mine shaft and canning factory. A replica of Discovery, Captain George Vancouver's ship, portrays the conditions faced by early explorers. Travelling exhibits liven up the museum, with a new exhibit every few months. Leonardo DaVinci, Egyptian Pharoahs, Linda McCartney's photos and the Circus have all taken temporary residence in the RBCM's special area.
The fourth floor displays the poignant history of European interaction with the First Nations peoples. The exhibit showcases West Coast Native carvings and masks, artist Bill Reid's photo tribute to the smallpox epidemic of 1862, and a full-scale longhouse, created by famed Kwakwaka'wakw artists Tony, Richard and Henry Hunt. To this very day, the Hunt family maintains ceremonial rights to the house.
Note: The establishment is non-smoking and wheelchair accessible.