Stories of daring adventure, intrigue, heroic bravery, and awe-inspiring natural beauty will captivate visitors in six new exhibitions for 2012-2013!
Beginning October 4, 2012 with Envisioning the World: The First Printed Maps, a stunning collection of rare maps, dating from the late-1400s, that portray early attempts to come to grips with the shape, size, and nature of the Earth and our solar system.
On October 20, 2012 For Valour - The Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary’s) 100 Years of Service in Peace and War marks the centennial of The Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary’s) and on November 6, 2012 The Navy – A Century in Art makes its first British Columbia appearance as part of a cross-Canada tour organized by the Canadian War Museum.
Important historical treasures from the BC Archives will go on rotating display in the newly-renovated lower lobby area at the end of October, 2012. The first objects on show will be the Douglas Treaties, the only formal treaties signed with First Nations in British Columbia before the modern day treaty process now underway. The treaties, signed by James Douglas and a number of First Nations on Vancouver Island between 1850 and 1854, offer a glimpse of these societies at the cusp of the Aboriginal colonial experience.
On November 30, 2012 the wildly popular Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012 from London’s Natural History Museum returns with new winning entries from this year's worldwide competition! The striking exhibition features 100 large-scale, back-lit photographs chosen from more than 48,000 international entries!
Opening Feb. 7, 2013, Tradition in Felicities – Celebrating 155 years of Victoria’s Chinatown tells the remarkable story of the growth and development of Canada's first Chinatown and the cultural ties that continue to bind it inextricably to the Greater Victoria community. The Royal BC Museum is working to conserve the oldest-known Chinese Freemasons lantern from Victoria's Chinatown, an artifact that exemplifies the endurance of Chinatown’s heritage. A multi-media exhibition will share personal vignettes from elders who helped build Chinatown into the vibrant community it remains today.
The season finale opens May 17, 2013 for a five-month summer engagement. Race to the End of the Earth recounts one of the most stirring tales of Antarctic exploration: the epic quest to be the first to reach the South Pole in 1911-1912.