International ancient Egypt exhibition opens May 18

Egypt: The Time of PharaohsVICTORIA, BC—The Royal BC Museum is opening the highly anticipated exhibition, Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs, on Friday, May 18.

Drawn from the collections of some of the world’s most prestigious museums, the exhibition makes its North American debut in Victoria and will be on view untilDecember 31, 2018. Artifacts have been carefully selected from four key ancient Egyptian collections: the Egyptian Museum in Berlin, Roemer- und Pelizaeus-Museum in Hildesheim, Gustav Lübcke Museum in Hamm and University Museum of Aberdeen.

Thanks to new archaeological findings, Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs provides a detailed and often very personal overview of life for the average ancient Egyptian.

“Much of what we know and see of ancient Egypt we owe to the vision and work of generations of archaeologists from all over the world,” said Royal BC Museum CEO Prof. Jack Lohman. “Their efforts contribute to our knowledge of a civilization that marks the dawn of the human spirit.”

Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs starts with the Nile, whose fertile beds allowed the civilization to grow and flourish, before delving into the complex religion and death rituals. The exhibition showcases the most impressive and intriguing Pharaohs, along with information about the scribes and writing that enabled their empires.

This depiction of an immensely conservative society, riven by tensions between the royal society and the periphery, is illustrated with more than 300 original artifacts. A 12th dynasty wooden tomb with rare illustrations and texts, on loan from University Museum of Aberdeen will impress Egyptologists and amateur enthusiasts alike. Another highlight is a sculpture of the head of Hatshepsut, a female Pharaoh, from her temple complex at Deir El Bahari.

Families will enjoy this interactive exhibition with lots to touch, play with and learn. Kids will be able to check out scale-model replicas of famous pyramid complexes, play games and experience cutting-edge multimedia.

The exhibition is sponsored by the Royal BC Museum Foundation and the Francis Kermode Group (the Royal BC Museum’s patrons’ group). The exhibition’s MarketingPartner is Tourism Victoria and its Media Sponsor is Global BC. The exhibition is produced by Lokschuppen, Museums Partner and the Royal BC Museum, with production partners and lenders: University Museum of Aberdeen, Roemer- und Pelizaeus-Museum Hildesheim, Egyptian Museum Berlin (Agyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung) and Gustav Lübcke Museum Hamm.

A complementary film, Mysteries of Egypt, will play at the IMAX Victoria Theatre for the duration of the exhibition.

Learn more at royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Egypt 
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Massive Marine Garage Sale

Massive Marine Garage Sale

The Maritime Museum Garage Sale. The 15th Annual Massive Marine Garage Sale is Saturday, April 21st Ogden Point- Pier A, 9am to 1pm

Free Parking

Entrance Fee: $5 (children under 12 free)

Table Rental/Car topper/ Boat on trailer fee: $40 (Early Bird: $30 if paid by March 31st)

Commercial Rental Fee: $85

Donation of items for the Museum are welcome. Please contact the Museum prior to drop- off or arrange a pick up.

To register or for more information, please call 250-385-4222. Ext 102 or email Ann jones at ajones@mmbc.bc.ca

You can also read more on our fact sheet: http://mmbc.bc.ca/events/massive-marine-garage-sale-2/

All proceeds go to support the Museum’s public programs.

March straight into spring with the Royal BC Museum

Royal BC MuseumVICTORIA, BC–This March, venture outdoors for mammoth walks and outdoor photography. Learn more about ecosystems around you with programs on native and invasive species and the plants of Northern BC. Get an insider’s look at research taking place at the Royal BC Museum, which is helping us better understand the nature and history of this province.

Enjoy the fresh spring air at Island View Beach on our Fieldtrippers: Mammoth Walk on Saturday, March 3. From 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm join curator of archaeology Grant Keddie for a look at a local place where mammoth remains and other Ice Age discoveries have been made. Boots or old shoes are a must. Inaccessible for wheelchairs and walkers. Ages five and up. Approximately a two kilometre walk. Bring water and snacks. By donation.

The theme of our weekly family event for the month of March is Wonder Sunday: Animals of Nature. Join us from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm (March 4, 11, 18, 25) to learn which animals are native to Vancouver Island and which came from somewhere else. Discover what you can do to protect the environment from the unintended consequences of introducing an invasive species.

Unearth mysteries in plant distribution, see rare plants, find out what a pseudoflower is and discover the power of DNA markers at curator of botany Dr. Ken Marr’s Live at Lunch talk on New Plant Discoveries from the Northern BC Alpine. Admission to this event is by donation. It takes place in Newcombe Conference Hall on Wednesday, March 7 from noon to 1:00 pm.

 In addition to our world-class exhibitions, publications and programs did you also know that we also produce original research? We invite you to drop in on Research Day for a single presentation, a session or the full day. Learn about the fascinating studies taking place across our organization in 2018 and the new knowledge that our collections have generated.

Research Day takes place in Newcombe Conference Hall on Thursday, March 15 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm; session one, Biodiversity Past to Present, is from 10:15 am to 11:45 am; session two, BC Journeys: Cultural and Economic Perspectives in BC History, from1:00 pm to 2:00 pm; and session three, Indigenous Heritage and Reconciliation, is from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm. Can’t make it in person? Tune into our Facebook page where we will be live streaming each session.

Are you an animal lover? Come to Stories at Helmcken House, our monthly storytelling series, to hear folktales, myths, legends and personal stories of animals of nature. This event is on Saturday, March 17 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm and 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Admission is by donation.

Looking for the perfect spring break activity for your aspiring shutterbugs? Sign them up for Spring Break Camp at the Royal BC Museum where they can develop their skills in this photography-themed week. Spring Break Camps run March 19 to March 23, 2018 and March 26 to March 30, 2018 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (before and after camp care is available from 8:00 am to 9:00 am and 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm). Spring Break Camp is $280 per person; 10 per cent discount for members.

 Don’t worry: kids don’t get all the fun. We’ve also got a Photo Camp for Adults so you can unleash your inner wildlife photographer. Learn from Shane Lighter, Royal BC Museum staff photographer and Sam Rose Phillips, professional wildlife photographer. This day-long workshop is suitable for beginners to advanced intermediates. You will spend time in the classroom and in the field, so dress appropriately and bring your camera. The workshop takes place from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday, March 24. Tickets are $45 per person; 10 per cent discount for members. Please note that lunch is not included.

For more information about any of these events, visit our online calendar at royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/visit/calendar.

Royal BC Museum Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Wildlife Photographer of the Year returns to the Royal BC Museum on December 8, 2017.

Royal BC Museum Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Victoria, BC– Wildlife Photographer of the Year returns to the Royal BC Museum on December 8, 2017.  The exhibition is organized by the Natural History Museum in London. An annual competition, now in its 53rd year.

The 2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year is Brent Stirton, a photojournalist from South Africa. Stirton won for his arresting image Memorial to a species. The image features a recently shot and de-horned black rhino in South Africa’s Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve. It illustrates the devastation of poaching. Brent Stirtons’ image graphically depicts an animal that clearly suffered at the hands of humans. Stirton took this photograph to highlight the impact of the illegal trade of rhino products.

 

Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Klaus Nigge / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

The winner of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is selected by a jury which look at all the category winners and choose the most memorable and striking image as the grand title winner. Stirton’s image was selected from almost 50,000 entries from 92 countries.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is an exceptional collection of the very best photographs of the natural world,” says Royal BC Museum CEO Prof. Jack Lohman. “By bringing this world-renowned exhibition to Western Canada, we hope to increase awareness of the need to understand and protect our natural areas for the people, plants and animals that depend on them.”

The Royal BC Museum is the only venue in western Canada hosting “Wildlife Photographer of the Year” exhibition. Visitors can view 100 extraordinary images from December 8, 2017 to April 2, 2018. The images range from intimate animal portraits to astonishing wild landscapes. The exhibit is organized by subject categories and age ranges. There is something for everyone in this family-friendly exhibition.

Canada is represented by twelve-year-old Josiah Launstein, from Pincher Creek, Alberta, whose photograph The hairy raincoat is a finalist in the 11 to 14 year-old category.

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition receives thousands of entries from professionals, gifted amateurs and young photographers. The international judging panel includes some of the world’s most respected nature photographers and wildlife experts.

Each photograph on display is described by the photographer, alongside technical details including camera, lens, aperture and exposure.

The Royal BC Museum is hosting a lecture by Wildlife Photographer John E. Marriott on Thursday, November 30 at 7pm. John’s talk, Tall Tales, Long Lenses, is inspired by unforgettable images he has captured of animals. Tickets are $15 (10 per cent discount for members).

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Royal BC Museum Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Klaus Nigge / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Victoria, BC– Wildlife Photographer of the Year returns to the Royal BC Museum on December 8, 2017.  The exhibition is organized by the Natural History Museum in London. An annual competition, now in its 53rd year.

The 2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year is Brent Stirton, a photojournalist from South Africa. Stirton won for his arresting image Memorial to a species. The image features a recently shot and de-horned black rhino in South Africa’s Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve. It illustrates the devastation of poaching. Brent Stirtons’ image graphically depicts an animal that clearly suffered at the hands of humans. Stirton took this photograph to highlight the impact of the illegal trade of rhino products.

The winner of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is selected by a jury which look at all the category winners and choose the most memorable and striking image as the grand title winner. Stirton’s image was selected from almost 50,000 entries from 92 countries.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Qing Lin / / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is an exceptional collection of the very best photographs of the natural world,” says Royal BC Museum CEO Prof. Jack Lohman. “By bringing this world-renowned exhibition to Western Canada, we hope to increase awareness of the need to understand and protect our natural areas for the people, plants and animals that depend on them.”

The Royal BC Museum is the only venue in western Canada hosting this exhibition. Visitors can view 100 extraordinary images from December 8, 2017 to April 2, 2018. The images range from intimate animal portraits to astonishing wild landscapes. The exhibit is organized by subject categories and age ranges. There is something for everyone in this family-friendly exhibition.

Canada is represented by twelve-year-old Josiah Launstein, from Pincher Creek, Alberta, whose photograph The hairy raincoat is a finalist in the 11 to 14 year-old category.

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition receives thousands of entries from professionals, gifted amateurs and young photographers. The international judging panel includes some of the world’s most respected nature photographers and wildlife experts.

Each photograph on display is described by the photographer, alongside technical details including camera, lens, aperture and exposure.

The Royal BC Museum is hosting a lecture by Wildlife Photographer John E. Marriott on Thursday, November 30 at 7pm. John’s talk, Tall Tales, Long Lenses, is inspired by unforgettable images he has captured of animals. Tickets are $15 (10 per cent discount for members).

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Night Shift: Dark Circus

Night Shift: Dark Circus will be an evening like no other. Surrender to your sinister side and follow the ringmaster into a mesmerizing night. Stay tuned for this year’s performers and activities.

Night Shift: Dark Circus will be an evening like no other. Surrender to your sinister side and follow the ringmaster into a mesmerizing night. Stay tuned for this year’s performers and activities.

Run away with the circus for a night.

#RBCMNight

19+ only. 2 pieces of ID required for entry.

Presented in partnership with Atomique Productions.

Supported by Driftwood Brewery & DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Victoria.

 

Photography in 19th Century British Columbia

Welcome back to our lecture series at Ross Bay Villa Historic House Museum!

A photo of Hannah and Richard Maynard, well known Victoria photographers.

Welcome back to our lecture series at Ross Bay Villa Historic House Museum! Visit our volunteer run and operated 1865 house museum for a chance to explore early photography in Victoria, 1865-1878.

This illustrated lecture, ‘Photography in 19th Century British Columbia’, also includes trips that Victoria photographers made to First Nations communities on Vancouver Island and the interior of British Columbia.

Join us on Wednesday, October 18 with Dan Savard. Mr. Savard is the retired collections manager of the Anthropology Audio Visual Collection at the Royal BC Museum and author of ‘Images from the Likeness House’.

This talk begins at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10.00 and must be reserved by email at info@rossbayvilla.org or by telephone at 250 598-1803.

Royal BC Museum: November Events

Memory, micro-organisms and marshes big themes at the Royal BC Museum this November

VICTORIA, BC–Brighten up your dreary November with special events and activities at the Royal BC Museum. Enhance your language skills by listening to stories told in local First Nations languages, pay your respects at Remembrance Day ceremonies, and embrace your competitive side with Museum Happy Hour pub quizzes and more.

Join Dr. Genevieve Hill for Live at Lunch: From Marshes to Mountains on Wednesday, November 1 at noon. Dr. Hill will talk about her partnership with the Cowichan Tribes field technicians and how they worked together to survey cultural sites in the Cowichan Valley. This event takes place in Newcombe Conference Hall; admission is by donation.

Our Wonder Sunday family program continues this month with a focus on micro-organisms. Use microscopes to get a close look at teeny tiny plankton and other micro-organisms and learn their important role in various ecosystems. This program takes place each Sunday in November from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Included with museum admission or membership.

Home Learners are invited to take part in Who Were They Anyway? Digging into Local History on Monday, November 6, 13, 20 and 27 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Learn about the social history of early Victoria through photographs, documents and artifacts from the museum and archives collections. This four-week workshop series is $75 per person (10 per cent discount for members).

Come listen and learn at Have We Got a Story to Tell– Stories from This Land and its People on Wednesday, November 8 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Local Indigenous storytellers are sharing stories in their original languages such as lək̓ʷəŋin̓əŋ (the language of the land of Greater Victoria), SENĆOŦEN (from the Saanich peninsula), Hul’q’umi’num’ (Cowichan area and some Gulf Islands) and more. Storytellers include Elmer Seniemten George, Tiffany Joseph and MENEŦIYE. Musical performance by Wesley Hardisty. Tickets are $12 per person (10 per cent discount for member).

Museum Happy Hour returns for its next instalment. Each Museum Happy Hour will have a different pub quiz theme: “Natural History” on Thursday November 9, “Archives” on November 16 and “Sound and Music” on November 23. The event is from 5:15 pm to 7:00 pm and costs $10 per person. This is a popular event that sells out quickly, so get your tickets early!

Our annual Remembrance Day presentations will take place on Saturday, November 11 from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pmLest We Forget: Remembrance Commemorations include musicians, singers and storytellers. The event is included with museum admission or membership.

Experience the magic of Christmas in Old Town and get into the holiday spirit starting on November 16 (running until the end of December). Visit the wood-cobbled streets lined with festive garlands and see shops decked out in seasonal finery. Starting December 1 you will find Father Christmas in Old Town where he will be available on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for photos (by donation). Christmas in Old Town is included with museum admission or membership.

On Saturday, November 25, we are hosting a City of Victoria initiative called Performance as Medicine, an Indigenous Performance Art Symposium. Participants will present and explore Indigenous philosophies and contemporary expressive forms. Registration is $40 and is required for the workshops (9:00 am to 3:00 pm); from 3:30 to 5:30 you are welcome to drop by for a free performance on the Legislative Assembly lawn and a panel discussion in the museum’s Clifford Carl Hall.

We have a don’t-miss special talk for photography enthusiasts who are excited about the upcoming Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition (on exhibit at the Royal BC Museum from December 8, 2017 to April 2, 2018)! Wildlife Photographer John E. Marriott: Tall Tales, Long Lenses, presents Thursday, November 30 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Tickets are $15 per person (10 per cent discount for members).

For more information about any of these events, visit our online calendar at royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/visit/calendar.

Spooky, smart and sublime at the Royal BC Museum in October @RoyalBCMuseum #yyjevents

VICTORIA, BC–Pull on a sweater, kick your way through the fallen leaves and head to the Royal BC Museum to explore the many special events and activities we’ve planned this October, including the final days of our feature exhibition Family: Bonds and Belonging. Continue reading “Spooky, smart and sublime at the Royal BC Museum in October @RoyalBCMuseum #yyjevents”

Annual Fab Forts event including Victoria’s largest water gun battle

Victoria’s largest annual squirt gun battle is coming to the Fort! Join us at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites on Saturday, August 19 with your water guns at the ready for Parks Canada’s annual Fab Forts event. Come and try to “Storm the Fort,” then join an “Obstacle Course” or test your aim with “Target Practice.”

Annual Fab Forts event including Victoria’s largest water gun battle at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse NHS

Victoria’s largest annual squirt gun battle is coming to the Fort!
Join us at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites on Saturday, August 19 with your water guns at the ready for Parks Canada’s annual Fab Forts event. Come and try to “Storm the Fort,” then join an “Obstacle Course” or test your aim with “Target Practice.”

Face painting, scavenger hunt and music will be offered throughout the day. Re-enactors from the Victoria-Esquimalt Military Re-enactor Association and the Pacific Association for Recreating the Middle Ages will be on location with their colourful period costumes and captivating stories. And Parka, our Parks Canada, mascot will visit us a couple times during the day and even ask young ones and parents to join in a little dance.

Activities run from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Grab your squirt gun and come soak up some history at Fort Rodd Hill! A fun event for the whole family.
Every August, several of Canada’s historic fortifications take part in “Fab Forts Weekend” to showcase and celebrate Canada’s history. Armed with squirt guns, participants Storm the Fort, venture on an obstacle course, and test their aim with Target Practice in an event that is fun for the whole family. This is the fourth year this event is being hosted in Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites.

If visitors want to participate in the water gun battle, they need to expect to get wet and dress accordingly. Participants can bring their own mega water gun and we will have some spare squirt guns, with buckets, sponges, etc. Visitors who would rather stay dry will have the opportunity to participate in many other games. A picnic lunch is always a great idea too! These kinds of outdoor events are one way Parks Canada is helping Canadians connect with nature and fort history.

The Government of Canada is pleased to offer free admission for all visitors to national parks, national marine conservation areas, and national historic sites operated by Parks Canada in 2017 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation. This event in included in the free admission.