Royal British Columbia Museum

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The Royal British Columbia Museum is a natural history and human history museum in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, founded in 1886. The "Royal" title was approved by Queen Elizabeth II and bestowed by HRH Prince Philip in 1987, to coincide with a Royal tour that year. It merged with the British Columbia Provincial Archives in 2003.

It includes three permanent galleries and an IMAX theatre which shows educational films as well as commercial entertainment such as the Spiderman movies, Inception, and others. It hosts touring exhibits from around the world. In recent years, these included exhibits on the RMS Titanic, Leonardo da Vinci, Egyptian artifacts and Genghis Khan.

The natural history collections have 750,000 records of specimens almost exclusively from BC and neighbouring states, provinces or territories. The collections are divided into eight disciplines: Entomology, Botany, Paleontology, Ichthyology, Invertebrate Zoology, Herpetology, Mammals, and Ornithology. Bryophytes and Algae are not well represented.

The museum is in Victoria's Inner Harbour, between the Empress Hotel and the Legislature Buildings. The museum anchors the Royal BC Museum Cultural Precinct, a surrounding area with historical sites and monuments, including Thunderbird Park.

In October 2008, the museum was named one of BC's Top Employers by Mediacorp Canada Inc.

Permanent galleries

The natural history gallery on the second floor displays...
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