Province/Territory: British Columbia

Behind the Scenes

  • 14 million objects and documents
  • 03 years to create an exhibit
  • 01 secret elevator

Step behind the scenes of one of Canada's most important natural and cultural museums. Slip on a backstage pass and follow your guide on a winding tour through labs, backrooms and workshops. On the Exhibition Art and Special FX Tour, step into the design studio where craftspeople transform concept drawings into room-filling dioramas. On the Paleontology Revealed Tour, examine a newly-arrived Cretaceous fossil. On the Entomology Revealed Tour, peer into a jar of baby spiders. Mingle with curators and craftspeople. Meet the people who bring the exhibits and collections to life. See the museum the way they do: as a living, breathing adventure.

Why you should visit
  • Feel like a VIP as you join a small group of visitors to wander behind the scenes--literally--of a museum exhibit.
  • Tour the industrial light and magic of the exhibit prop shops.
  • Ask a paleontologist how they recreated Woolly mammoth fur.
  • Watch an entomologist pin a dragon fly.
  • Browse historical maps and photographs in the BC Archives.
  • Wander galleries that take you back in time, under the ocean, into a forest, and aboard an explorer's ship.


Visitor information
When to go
  • The museum is open year round.
  • October to May, the museum is a great way to get out of the winter rains.
  • Throughout the year, watch for visiting exhibitions.
  • Follow your tour with an IMAX film screening or calendar activity.
Need to know
  • Tours are free, but call ahead for times and availability.
  • Group size may be limited, call to make arrangements for large groups.
  • Due to the proximity to delicate items on some tours, close adult supervision is requested.
  • Plan for an hour and a half for the tour.
  • Allow a day to explore other attraction in the museum.
Getting Here
  • The museum is located in downtown Victoria and walking distance from most hotels and attractions.
  • Off-site parking is available.
  • Access via public transit.
  • Taxis are available to-and-from the area.
  • To arrive in style, try taking a water taxi, pedicab, or horse-drawn carriage.