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.

Contact:
www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca
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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