There’s nothing quite like strolling through the halls of a magnificent museum, surrounded by artefacts and art spanning hundreds, even thousands of years. In just a few hours you can travel through time, immerse yourself in creativity, or learn a little more about the universe.
There are over 2,000 museums in Canada, each with its own story to tell. We’ve gathered 15 of the best, that attract multitudes of visitors, year in and year out, with their impressive exhibits and collections. Here they are, presented from west to east.
Dawson City Museum (Dawson City, Yukon)
The Klondike Gold Rush turned Dawson City into one of the West’s biggest settlements overnight. Who are the people that left their jobs and families for a chance at a fortune? What was the area like before, and how did the rush change that? These are a few of the questions answered by the Dawson City Museum. Enjoy a gold-pouring demonstration, explore old mining locomotives and see what the other exhibits have in store.
Royal BC Museum (Victoria, BC)
Walk through Victoria in the 1920’s, see a woolly mammoth in its habitat, and learn about the ceremonial masks of local First Nations, all under one roof. The natural and human history of British Columbia is permanently on display at The Royal BC Museum in Victoria. The museum strives to not only display its collection of artefacts and items — all 7 million of them — but to immerse them (and you) in a realistic setting.
The Museum of Anthropology (Vancouver, BC)
The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) contains one of the finest displays of First Nations art in the world, all in a breathtaking setting overlooking the water and mountains of British Columbia. Located on ancestral Musqueam land, the museum strives to showcase the incredible culture and traditions of these First Nations hosts. Over 10,000 culturally significant objects from around the world are on display in the museum’s galleries.
Royal Tyrrell Museum (Drumheller, Alberta)
Around 75 million years ago, the town of Drumheller, Alberta, about an hour and a half north east of Calgary, was a hotbed of dinosaur activity. That, in turn, turned Drumheller into a hotbed of dinosaur fossils, and lead to the creation of the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology. With one of the biggest displays of dinosaur skeletons in the world, and over 160,000 individual specimens, the Royal Tyrrell Museum is a must-see for both science lovers and fans of Jurassic Park.