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Festive Events and Victorian Experiences


Carol-Along with the Carillon, Royal BC Museum

Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012
4:30 pm

It’s a unique holiday experience enjoyed by more than 100 people (and a few pets). The Provincial Carilloneur climbs 75 spiral steps to ring out 22 seasonal favourites and everyone sings along! Hot chocolate, cookies and songsheets are provided. Members of the Newcombe Choir lead the carolling. When the singing ends, the carillon is lit up for the festive season.

*Please note: This event takes place in all conditions except high winds.

Christmas in Old Town, Royal BC Museum

Nov. 15, 2012 – Jan. 7, 2013
10 am – 5 pm daily

The sights and sounds of Christmas long ago. Marvel at the 4.5 metre Christmas tree, visit the wood-cobbled streets laced with festive garlands and stroll past the old-time shops with their seasonal finery.

Included with admission or membership.

Father Christmas – A Victorian Experience

Friday to Sunday Dec. 7-23, 2012,
11 am to 4:30 pm,

Dressed in his old-style robes, Father Christmas will be part of the magical experience in Old Town. Share holiday wishes and have a photo taken in this special setting.  Visiting Old Town is included with admission or membership while photos are provided by donation.

Helmcken House Old-Fashioned Christmas

Dec. 22 – 31, 2012,
12 -4 pm daily

Open the door to one of BC’s oldest buildings. Helmcken House comes alive with the spirit of an old-fashioned Christmas in Victoria. Discover the Christmas traditions of early Victorians – Christmas crackers, cards and carols.

Included with admission, membership, or by donation.

Wonder Sunday – Mapping the Museum


Sunday, November 25th

Come map the Royal BC Museum this Sunday as part of our monthly Wonder Sunday program. We will have a community green map, mammal mapping, Old Town blueprints and more–oh my!

Free with admission or membership.

After School Special at the Royal BC Museum extended through March 2013


Natural History

November 19, 2012, to March 31, 2013

Half-price admission, ideal for visits on dark weekday winter afternoons, is now available until March 31, 2013 with the extension of the Royal BC Museum After School Special. “We trialed half price admissions and were delighted that the response was so positive – it’s something we will now continue with all winter,” said Jack Lohman, Royal BC Museum CEO.

Visitors are invited to extend and enjoy the weekday learning experience every afternoon from Monday to Friday. Each individual museum admission is half price from 3:30 pm until we close at 5 pm. Children 5 years or younger can visit the museum galleries free of charge, as they do year-round.

Note: The After School Special offer does not include the IMAX Victoria Theatre, family or group
museum admission or museum membership, and may not be combined with any other offers.

Feature Presentation – The Navy: A Century in Art


Monday, November 5, 2012
7pm – 9pm
Join Dr Jeff Noakes, Historian, Second World War, Canadian War Museum Geography, history, and war have shaped Canada’s navy through its first century of service. During this time, artists have sought to portray the navy’s diverse roles, its traditions, and its activities. Dr Noakes will discuss the importance of these works of art to our understanding of Canada’s naval history.Exhibition preview follows the presentation.

Public: $16

Members: $10
Tickets available online or at the RBCM box office

Remembrance Week at the Royal BC Museum


The Royal BC Museum is presenting a weekend of free talks, activities and displays to honour those who have served – and those who continue to serve.

Veteran Affairs Canada Displays

November. 10 to 11, 2012
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

In partnership with Veterans Affairs Canada come visit the displays set up by military historians, veterans’ associations and community groups on the museum’s main floor. ever popular activity in which visitors may have their photos taken wearing vintage uniforms (a Korean military jeep is on site Saturday November 10th), and an invaluable opportunity to speak with veterans and honour their service.

Women of War

This display, researched and produced over 15 years by the late Colin McIntosh (formerly of Saanich), includes framed biographies and photographs of 20 servicewomen – many of whom were spies or served as resistance operatives during World War II. (Nov. 6 – 11)

BC Aboriginal Veterans and Serving Members Association / Defence Aboriginal Advisory Group

Aboriginal and Métis veterans have played major roles in Canada’s wartime contributions. Displays and veterans from the BC Aboriginal Veterans and the Defence Aboriginal Advisory Group will berepresented.

Maritime Museum of BC
Displays featuring the contribution of the WRENs (Womens’ Royal Naval Service / Womens’ Royal Canadian Naval Service).

Chinese Canadian Military Museum

Display on the history of Chinese Canadian Veterans during World War II.

Korean Veterans’ Association, Unit 27

Display table with veterans in attendance and DVD footage.

Victoria Genealogical Society

The VGS directs families to information, with a focus this weekend on those that served.

Bart Armstrong “Forgotten Canadians”

More than 100 Canadians, or those with connections to Canada, earned the U.S. Medal of Honor.

Sam McBride

Historian and author “The Bravest Canadian: Fritz Peters, VC: The Making of a hero of Two World Wars


Archival film footage excerpts from World War I and World War II will be playing in Clifford Carl Hall: (November 6 – 9; Nov 10 & 11 from 10 to 1pm)

Research military history

Saturday November  10, 2012
11 a.m. to 4  p.m.

Historian Paul Ferguson shows visitors how to find information about the military history of friends and family members who served in the First and Second World Wars, including details of casualties, honours and awards.

Bring materials related to allied services (medals, insignia, uniforms or photographs) and Ferguson will offer more information about the objects.

Free Admission for Military 

Sunday, November 11, 2012
10 a.m – 5 p.m.

The Royal BC Museum invites all military personnel, whether serving or retired, and their families to visit the museum galleries free of charge.


Join military historians, veterans and their families for free talks on the Main Floor at the Royal BC Museum.

November 10, 2012

1:15pm Bart Armstrong:
Canadian War Heroes: How the US Continues to Honour Them

2:00pm Sam McBride & Fritz Peters, VC:
The Making of a Hero of Two World Wars

2:45pm Hong Kong Veterans’ Commemorative Association:
Passing the Torch: 2nd generation Children of Hong Kong Veterans keeptheir fathers’ history alive

November 11, 2012

12:30/1:30 Victoria Children’s Choir:
Remembrance Commemorated in Song

2:00pm Military Historian Paul Ferguson:
Touring the Great War in France, Flanders and Turkey

2:45pm Merv Scott, Victoria Genealogical Society:
An Introduction to Military Genealogy

Royal BC Museum ‘After School Special’


Oct 15 to March 31, 2013

Families are invited to extend and enjoy the weekday learning experience with a new ‘After School Special’ at the Royal BC Museum. Every Monday to Thursday afternoon until March 31, 2013, each individual museum admission will be half price from 3:30 pm until closing at 5 pm.

This discount benefit is a pilot project designed to make the Royal BC Museum more accessible to its community, especially school-age youth. Children 5 years or younger experience the museum galleries free of charge, as they do year-round.

Note: The After School Special offer does not include the IMAX Victoria Theatre, family or group museum admission or museum membership, and may not be combined with any other offers.

Wonder Sunday – Halloween


Sunday, October 28th

The Royal BC Museum is inviting families to experience an old-fashioned Halloween at Wonder Sunday. This cornucopia of spooky fun includes trick or treating in Old Town for craft supplies, creating a fortune teller to take home, practicing broom skills, learning spell casting, participating in an interactive storytelling session with magic, mystery and misconception and many more exciting activities. Visitors are encouraged to come in costume!

Free with admission or membership

Photo: BC Archives C-00370