Visiting a museum is always a unique experience, as each one has its own distinct characteristics, style, and of course, content. Museum subjects vary greatly from city to city, and can range from firefighter's museums to fine art, to sports. If you need help making a selection, our 10Best list highlights the top spots to visit in Victoria.

British Columbia Aviation Museum

This unique museum is dedicated to Canada's history in aviation. In addition to pictures and memorabilia, you can view over 20 restored vintage aircraft, including WWII fighters, a 1929 Eastman Flying Boat, and a Gibson Twin that was built in...  Read More

Victoria Police Museum

This museum relates the history of the oldest police force west of the Great Lakes. In fact, the police force predates the incorporation of the city of Victoria. See artifacts and learn about their fascinating 145+ year history.

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

With over 15,000 pieces, this is British Columbia's largest public art collection. Highlights include one of Canada's best Asian art collections complete with an authentic Shinto shrine, and paintings by Victoria-born artist and writer Emily...  Read More

Maritime Museum of British Columbia

Explore British Columbia's rich maritime history in this museum's extensive collection. There are 70 model ships, uniforms, weapons and artifacts that highlight the early fur trade, whaling industry, royal navy and ocean liner era. Other...  Read More

This is one of Victoria's premier attractions, and Canada's most visited museum, dedicated to teaching about the land and people of coastal British Columbia. The Natural History gallery presents BC's coastal and rainforest ecosystems from the...  Read More

Craigflower Manor and Schoolhouse

This early farming community was organized by a subsidiary of the Hudson's Bay Company to transform the area into a permanent settlement and to reduce the need for imports from abroad. Established in 1853 along the Victoria Gorge Waterway on the...  Read More

Inner Harbour
Miniature World

If you happen to be in Victoria during one of its rainy spells, this is the ideal attraction to visit. Spend a couple of hours examining dozens of tiny exhibits depicting scenes from all over the globe. You'll visit the Great Canadian Railway,...  Read More

Centre of the Universe

Amusing name aside, this science center is actually quite interesting and educational. Part of the Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics, the centre features a number of interactive exhibits and a planetarium, and offers special theatre...  Read More

Elk Lake / Cordova Bay
Heritage Acres

A 29-acre site devoted to the display of the Saanich Historical Artifacts Society's massive collection, Heritage Acres also includes numerous trails and picnic spots. Original and replica buildings (including a school house, log cabin,...  Read More

Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery

Closed for renovations until early spring 2011. Located at the heart of the University of Victoria's campus, this museum houses two collections. The Maltwood Collection is an internationally renowned selection of decorative arts from the Arts...  Read More

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