Featured Attraction of the Week: Royal BC Museum (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

Photo: Paul Nicklen (Canada) / Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

Back by popular demand, Inside Vancouver has relaunched the “Featured Attraction of the Week” series. Each Monday we’ll be featuring a different Vancouver attraction and will be giving away free tickets to our readers. To be eligible, all you have to do is post a comment.

The featured attraction for this week is the Royal BC Museum, and its wildly popular Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012 feature exhibition, on from November 30, 2012 to April 1, 2013.

Get up close and personal with 100 huge, back-lit winning images from the world’s leading nature photography competition organized by the Natural History Museum, London and BBC Worldwide. Chosen from more than 48,000 entries from across the globe; these images were selected by a panel that included some of the world’s most respected nature photographers and wildlife experts.

One of the winning images of a Kermode bear (also known as a spirit bear), taken by photographer Paul Nicklen, Vancouver Island, has a unique link to the Royal BC Museum. The bear was named after Francis Kermode, a curator at the museum in the early 1900s. It’s only one of many BC creatures in the museum’s natural history collection.

The striking exhibition features 100 photographs in 19 categories, including Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Gerald Durrell Award for Endangered Wildlife, World in Our Hands and the Wildlife Photojournalist of the Year Award. Each image includes both the photographer’s story of how and why it was captured, as well as technical details like lens and exposure.

Allow time to explore both floors of the renowned immersive galleries and dioramas at the Royal BC Museum, settings for thousands of artifacts and specimens. From the First Peoples gallery with its poles and authentic big house, to recreated Old Town, the walk through a coastal forest and more, there is definitely something here for everyone.

Plan ahead to pick your favourites from a long list of ever-changing exhibitions and activities found in their Program Guide.

Currently rated the number one attraction in Victoria on TripAdvisor, find out more about the Royal BC Museum and its cultural precinct from their Welcome Guide and keep in touch with what’s happening via Facebook and other social links.

Tel: 1-888-447-7977
Open seven days a week from 10 am to 5 pm
(Closed December 25 and January 1)

Getting There:
Catch a BC ferry with your car, or make an easy coach connection from downtown Vancouver or Vancouver International Airport, or hop on a floatplane from Vancouver’s harbour to get to BC’s waterfront capital city, Victoria, on southern Vancouver Island. The Royal BC Museum and its cultural precinct is downtown, on the scenic inner harbour, next to the parliament buildings.

Click here to plan a visit.

Click here to view the museum’s webcam.

We’re giving away a pair of admission tickets to see Wildlife Photographer of the Year, a copy of Free Spirit: Stories of You, Me and BC by Gerald Truscott and two Royal BC Museum toques. All you have to do is post a comment below and we’ll randomly select a winner at noon on Friday, November 9th and notify the winner by email.

Updated Friday, November 9th: Congratulations Jeanne! You are the lucky recipient of a pair of admission tickets to see Wildlife Photographer of the Year, a copy of Free Spirit: Stories of You, Me and BC by Gerald Truscott and two Royal BC Museum toques. Please check your inbox for further details on how to go about claiming your prize. Thank you to everyone who posted a comment. Make sure you check back next Monday for a new Featured Attraction of the Week!

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43 Responses to Featured Attraction of the Week: Royal BC Museum (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

  1. Ritesh

    Vancouver is such a beautiful place- its defe on my list for places to see bfr I die. And the pic of the bear you included above is simply breathtaking.

  2. Sheri

    What a fabulous excuse to take a trip over to Victoria. The Royal BC Museum is truly beautiful, and a couple of cozy toques and a great read would make it extra sweet.

  3. Jessie

    I’d love to visit^^

  4. M. Soleil

    I’d love an excuse to visit Victoria.

  5. Julie

    Haven’t been to the museum yet. Would love to go!

  6. johnny vanderputten

    Sounds like a good way to spend a rainy day.

  7. The last time I went was yeeears ago during the Egyptian exhibit.

  8. Linda

    This museum is my favourite.

  9. Jon

    The Royal BC Museum is an absolute treasure!

  10. Mark

    This is awesome!

  11. Maria

    Love that museum!

  12. I would love to head over to the island for a weekend and check out the museum, haven’t been yet.

  13. Don

    would love to spend the day at this museum!

  14. leah stoltz

    Love to win 2 tickets. what a super great homeschool day that would be for my son. thanks for posting the contest.

  15. This would be a great vacation for my husband and I. We were in Vancouver in September but he was there for business and busy all the time or tired. He grew up on a Wildlife Sanctuary in Green Bay, WI and would appreciate seeing this beautiful exibit at the Royal BC Museum, and experience all the different photographs entered for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012 award. We have never been to Victoria and regreted not having time to go on our last visit. It would be very informative to learn more at the First People’s Gallery and all the other art at the Royal BC Museum.

  16. Katherine

    This is awesome. I love the Royal BC Museum!

  17. Annmarie

    Nice one! Thanks for re-launching the series. :-)

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  19. Wendy T

    Love the Royal BC Museum. Would be great to have a reason for another visit.

  20. sunny

    We would be grateful for the opportunity to visit such a beautiful exhibit and explore a museum we have not yet seen.

  21. Jennifer Brown

    what an awesome opportunity … I love the RBCM and Wildlife Photography. :)

  22. Jeanne Harris

    Beautiful pics of Beautiful BC. Love the Museum,

  23. Greg

    Never been to Victoria .. would be an excuse to finally go.

  24. Nancy Frappier

    this is my favourite exhibit! so many beautiful photos and talented photographers!

  25. Romain

    New in Vancouver I’d be very happy to discover a new place. So many things to see !

  26. Patrick

    Haven’t had a chance to visit the Royal BC Museum yet, would love to go!

  27. Carol

    I love the BC Museum, and am excited to visit the new exhibit Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

  28. Neena

    Vancouver Island in the fall and winter has a special kind of magic. Would love to be able to share it with my family.

  29. nathania caroline candra

    i would love to visit !;))

  30. Mary

    The photographer’s exhibit is supposed to be amazing! I’d love to go!

  31. Gloria

    Would love to go the Island. Haven’t been to the museum in decades!

  32. Haven’t been to the museum since I was a kid, with my school groups!

  33. Karen

    Were thinking of going to Victoria this weekend. Would love to go to the museum while we’re there.

  34. Jeanne Harris

    65 on the Nov. 11! Free ferry…free tickets would be GREAT.

  35. Lisa

    I’ve only been to the Butchart Gardens in Victoria!! I want to win tickets to this so I can also have an excuse to visit my friend in Victoria as well :)

  36. Darryl

    I’ve seen gallery exhibitions from this photo competition in previous years. The photos are brilliant and always well worth looking at. Some of the images have really stuck with me, as a point of comparison for all other photography.

  37. Lena

    Would love to go!

  38. Lizzy

    Love it :) Pick me!

  39. I’m currently traveling around on Vancouver Island, doing some wwoofing and couchsurfing. Winning a free ticket would be just perfect!

  40. I have been to the Royal BC Museum for the Genghis Khan exhibit and the exhibit with the mummies. I think I’m due for another trip ;)

  41. KW

    I haven’t been there in a long time! I’d love to take my family :)

  42. Jude Bishop

    A great museum. A great city. If you haven’t visited, go.

  43. marisa p

    This would be amazing, and would really enrich our homeschooling library!! And a nice getaway for mom and dad :)