Museums and The Arts

Victoria’s artistic pulse

Throughout the year, festivals of music, theatre, independent film, literature, wine and food bring the world to Victoria.

One of Canada’s finest professional ensembles, the Victoria Symphony, entertains year round. The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria maintains a permanent collection of 15,000 objets d’art in a historic 19th century mansion, and the Pacific Opera Victoria is a nationally recognized symbol of excellence and artistic achievement.

Victoria is also making its mark as a movie-maker’s delight as the city offers locations from historic architecture to secluded forests to beautiful beaches all within a 20-minute drive.

…and historic past

The world renowned Royal British Columbia Museum is just steps away from the VCC. It preserves and shares the stories of British Columbia through its remarkable collections and exhibitions. Its two-hectare location also includes a number of historically significant buildings and First Nations sites.  Attached to the RBCM is a state-of-the-art IMAX Theatre.

Our century-old Legislative Buildings, brilliantly outlined in lights each evening, stand at the harbour’s edge. Craigdarroch Castle, built in the 1880s, features the best collection of residential stained and leaded glass on the West Coast.

The Maritime Museum of BC provides a rich and vast link to the province’s legal and nautical roots. Additionally, it is housed in a 19th century building famous for its connection to Victoria’s “Hanging Judge” and for having BC’s oldest continuously operating open-cage elevator.

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