Guided & Self Guided Tours

Volunteer-led Gallery Tours

Join friendly and knowledgeable volunteers as they focus on particularly interesting places within the galleries and share untold stories. Tours are included with adult admission or membership. Average tour time is one hour.

  • Natural History Gallery Tour
  • Modern History Gallery Tour

Tour types and times are posted in the museum lobby each morning, or check our calendar before you arrive. Buy your all-day museum ticket online or in person and meet the volunteer guides at the lobby’s tour sign. Tours take place within the Royal BC Museum core galleries.

Staff-led Gallery Tours

Interested in going deeper on a particular theme within the museum, book one of our dynamic staff-led tours for a surprising and fun experience. 

Home Is Where The Heart Is: Understanding Immigrant Experiences in British Columbia’s History

This tour will explore histories of immigrant communities in British Columbia and their immense contributions to the development of the province and Canada at large. Uncover the complicated narratives of settlement, intercultural communication and historical wrongdoings that are (or are not) on represented in the museum’s galleries.

We're All in This Together: Biodiversity of BC in a Changing World

BC is home to an incredible abundance of plants and animals, but why do we have a wider variety her than in other parts of Canda or the world? During this tour we will explore the reasons why BC has such exceptional biodiversity and how our quickly changing planet will continue to impact that diversity. Embracing both scientific and cultural perspectives, we will examine the myriad ways biodiversity is important to us as humans and how changes to global biodiversity will resonate in our everyday lives.

Behind the Scenes Tours

Get behind the scenes and tour our collections. Yep, that’s right. Grab your backstage pass: we’re going to actually take you into the Royal BC Museum collections. See for yourself where we keep those jars, boxes and bins, and experience the working environment of our talented researchers and staff.

Three different Behind the Scenes Tours explore:

  • Butterflies and More: Entomology Collection
  • Mammal Matters: Vertebrates Collection
  • BC Archives

Each Behind The Scenes Tour lasts 30 minutes and is limited to 10 people. You can sign up in person an hour ahead of each tour, on a first‐come first‐served basis (cost is included with admission). Throughout the winter months, they are on the third Wednesday and the second and last Saturday of each month.

Book Now

To book a staff-led gallery tour or a staff-led collection tour, contact the Group Sales Coordinator a minimum of two weeks in advance:

Phone: 250-387-4007
Fax: 250-387-0102

Get in Touch

Kim Gough
Learning Program Developer
Chris O’Connor
Learning Program Developer

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