Plan Your School Visit

Thank you for your continued support.

As the Royal BC Museum re-opens and we adjust to a “new normal”, we are considering the advice and requirements of government and health authorities. Unfortunately, this does mean we are currently unable to offer many of the onsite museum programs.

We have cancelled all public in-person programs until further notice, to give us adequate time to implement new protocols to safeguard both staff and visitors.​

You can still engage with us at home. Check out our online programs.



Ways to prepare yourself prior to your visit:

Read through this document School Visit Instructions

Watch this orientation video.

Come See for Yourself

We welcome teachers to visit the Royal BC Museum galleries and preview the exhibits before they bring a class or group of students for a tour. This is a great opportunity for you to consider how to structure your students’ time during a visit, what exhibitions to focus your curriculum on, and what materials you may need to prepare.

Admission to the permanent galleries is free for teachers who have booked a school visit. Please provide your pre-booked visit confirmation number when arranging a teacher preview or pre-visit tour.


Payment MUST be made in person by Canadian or US cash, organization cheque in Canadian funds (payable to the Royal BC Museum Corporation), Visa, MasterCard, American Express, money order in Canadian funds, or Interac.

Credit Card authorization forms must be used if the credit card owner is not present to sign the receipt. Click here for the form.

For your security and protection, it is important that your card number is not communicated via email or phone as these methods are not secure. Instead have the teacher or group leader present the original signed form, in person, to a cashier at the box office on the day of their visit as payment for the booking.

Capacity Limits

April, May and June are consistently busy with school groups. Please consider booking earlier when planning this year’s visit.

Ensure to contact the museum well in advance of your visit to ensure that we can accommodate you. Large numbers of visitors at one time can hamper your learning experience. For this reason, we reserve the right to restrict the number of booked groups allowed per day. We accept bookings for BC School Groups Tuesdays – Sundays.

Please note: Backpacks are NOT permitted in the Museum galleries.


To book your class for a school program, a self-conducted visit of the permanent galleries, or a feature exhibition visit, contact us at:

Try our new online registration system for the most up-to-date program availability. If you are bringing your class, see your school administrator for your school’s username and password. Once your booking has been processed, you will be sent a confirmation number and letter.

If you are a British Columbia school, to register click here.

Returning Customers, to book click here.

Bags & Backpacks

Please bring only smaller bags or packs and leave any non-essentials in your vehicles, on the bus, or at your school. Bags larger than 30 cm by 30 cm are not allowed in the exhibit areas. Exceptions will only be made for First Aid and health-essential equipment bags.

We can not provide secure storage for oversize items brought by visiting groups. If you have no other option, a member of your group can monitor an open, non-secure storage area, which you may use at your own risk, if available. Non-secure storage spaces can fill quickly during busy group visit periods.

Get in Touch

Chris O’Connor
Learning Program Developer

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