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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. 
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A great response to Google + from museums so far and a great potential for this new museum network.
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3 of our burgeoning "Revealed" series of videos. Short glimpses of what happens behind the scenes of some of our exhibitions and the people who create them.
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The story of BC: Past, present and future
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The story of BC: Past, present and future
 
The Royal BC Museum Corporation is one of the foremost cultural institutions in the world. The museum was founded in 1886; the archives in 1894.  In 2003 these two organizations integrated to become British Columbia's combined provincial museum and archives, collecting artifacts, documents and specimens of BC's natural and human history, safeguarding them for the future, and sharing them with the world. 
 
Through research and education, we strive to broaden understanding about our province and inspire curiosity and wonder. We are passionate about sharing British Columbia's story with the millions of visitors who walk through our doors and explore our web site each year. 
 
Our archives, exhibits and galleries change and grow as our understanding grows, and we endeavour to share our knowledge in original and exciting ways. Each exhibit and gallery tells important stories about British Columbia and provides an engaging and thought-provoking window on the province's past, present and future.  Our archives provide a treasure trove of information for researchers and genealogists through the stories that are preserved here.