August 16, 2013
Roy Recommends – Royal BC Museum – Race to the End of the Earth
Have you experienced the Royal BC Museum yet? Located a short walk from Chateau Victoria at 675 Belleville Street, at the edge of downtown Victoria where historic James Bay begins, the Royal BC Museum is a great place to spend some time.
Allow yourself two to four hours to explore the exhibitions, browse the shops, dine at the Museum Café or even take in a National Geographic IMAX film. They are open 10am to 5pm Sunday to Wednesday and 10am to 10pm Thursday to Saturday. The cost is $21.60 for adults and $15.75 for seniors and youth ages 6-18. Children under 5 are free. They also have a family rate of $61.75.
There are several exhibitions currently on. One that I found interesting is the Race to the End of the Earth running until October 14. This exhibition recounts the quest to be the first to reach the South Pole in 1911-1912 by Norwegian Roald Amundsen and Captain Robert Falcon Scott of the British Royal Navy. They each journeyed 3900 kilometres from the edge of the Ross Ice Shelf to the Pole and back. Amazing!
What’s really neat about this exhibition is that visitors get to choose a character card and ‘become’ one of the members of the exploration teams. As they move through the show, they find clues about that character’s experiences. There are artifacts, photographs, document, and even an interactive map. It is well worth the visit.
Roy has been at Concierge at the Chateau Victoria since 2004. He loves people and he loves Victoria. His favourite part of being a Concierge is introducing guests to the many hidden treasures that Victoria has to offer.