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Arts & Museums
Amateur artists though talented cannot display their collection, owing to economical constraints. The Fifty Fifty is a voluntary arts society that provides exhibition space to artists at reasonable cost, at times sans any charges too. This group of volunteers ensure that there is no restriction on the art genre or media and the artist is able to express his creativity without any pre-decided rules or boundaries. Throughout the season, Fifty Fifty hosts exhibitions, and artists from all over showcase their works here. For more details and schedule.
Point Ellice House is one of the original examples of a privileged Victorian home. Located on the Gorge waterway in Victoria, BC it contains one of the largest collections of Victoriana in North America. Tour the house and stay for tea. Take a moment to explore the gardens, which contain some of the original plantings.
Because of British Columbia's location on the west coast, maritime history is a key to understanding the creation of the province. The history of British Columbia's coastal existence is shown via displays of about pirates, heritage vessels, and shipwrecks. The museum cares for thousands of unique artifacts, historical photographs and an extensive chart collection.
Alcheringa Gallery is a haven for creations by tribal artists hailing not only from Canada but also from Papua New Guinea and Australia. It nurtures the raw talent of budding artists by providing them with educational and medical support. Several Aboriginal artists owe their fame to Alcheringa that has helped them carve a niche in the world of art in Canada and abroad. Artists whose works are often displayed at this gallery include Primrose Adams, Fah Ambers, Marjorie Cox and Keith Gawi among others. for more details, call ahead or visit the website.
Helmcken House is part of the Royal BC Museum, and is one of the oldest houses in the province that is still in its original location. It was built more than 150 years ago by Dr. Sebastian Helmcken in 1852 and enables visitors to see what life was like in Victoria in the mid 1800s. In addition to the original furniture, there are also many of the doctor's antique surgical instruments on display.
Visit the Royal BC Museum to be enlightened about local culture and long gone history. If the past is prologue to the present you will be able to see and explore countless exhibits and artifacts of lost worlds that cast a light on how we live today. Stroll through the Modern History Gallery to experience an authentic Herbalist Shop in old time Chinatown. The entire family, especially the young ones will be impressed with the startling exhibit in the Natural History Gallery of the life-sized replica of the dinosaur era Fossilized Woolly Mammoth complete with massive tusks and teeth. When planning your visit consider a trip to the National Geographic IMAX Theatre that's within the building. Royal BC Museum is a world class institution that is as entertaining as it is educational and a genuine treat for everyone. Different ticket packages are available, so check the website or call ahead for more information.
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria is one of the most recognized art institutions in British Columbia. With works by well-known artist Emily Carr to its credit, the gallery attracts a lot of tourists as well as art connoisseurs. It also features seven exhibition rooms with facilities like heating, ventilation and air conditioning. The gallery is also home to a magnificent collection of Asian art. Other than that, a lot of contemporary and historic art is often displayed within the confines of this gallery. So all those of you intrigued by the nuances of Canadian art can drag yourselves here and indulge in the various genres of art.
Come visit the birthplace of one of Canada's most famous landscape painters and writers, Emily Carr. The Emily Carr House is a historic site dedicated to her art, writings and life.
The Craigflower Schoolhouse in Victoria, British Columbia, is a National Historic Site of Canada. Previously named as the Maple Point School, the schoolhouse was built by the Hudson's Bay Company along with the Craigflower Manor House, to ensure housing and education to its workers. This two floored Georgian Revival style building is now used as a local history museum to familiarize tourists with Victorian culture and history. The staff at the museum is helpful and friendly, providing one with a good glimpse into the past.
Located a few miles away from the Victoria International Airport, the British Columbia Aviation Museum is a splendid museum that houses a worthwhile collection of aircraft's. The museum features a collection of pictures, aircraft's, engines as well as war memorabilia of Canadian warriors. The most enticing feature of the museum is its display on the Commonwealth Air Training Center. The museum is a member of the Canadian Aeronautical Preservation Association. Check website to explore the rest.
Opened to increase the publics appreciation and understanding of marine life, especially the orca, The Whale Museum is the only museum in the world dedicated to whales living in the wild. Tour the gallery of whales and then go whale watching by boat. The Whale Discovery Lab offers hands-on fun and education for school groups and others. Guided and unguided tours for groups of 10 and more are also conducted.
The SeaDoc Society is a locally-based marine ecosystem health program of the UC Davis WIldlife Health Center. They are dedicated to working to ensure the health of marine wildlife and their ecosystems through science and education.