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“Beautiful building with informed local guide.”

Museum of Northern British Columbia
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Owner description: Learn about the history and culture of Northwest Canada from thousands of years ago as well during the 1800's.
Victoria, Canada
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33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Beautiful building with informed local guide.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2014

The artefacts were brought to life by our guide as we toured the stunning cedar structure.....well worth a visit.

Visited August 2014
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Naperville, Illinois, USA
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6 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Fascinating museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2014

Very well done small/medium museum providing interesting information about the history of the area. Just the right size and amount of information to be manageable. Small, beautiful and diverse collection of First Nations artifacts. Pretty setting on the waterfront.

Visited August 2014
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Delta, BC
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188 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Native life and artifacts museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2014

This was museum was a good deal at $6.00 as there was also a guided tour available for 4 or more. The young man doing the tour was from the local tribe and very knowledgeable as to the artifacts and history of his people. I learned many things I didn't know before. If you can take the tour.

Visited July 2014
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Sunnyvale
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34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Museum Must..”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2014

Small fee to enter. Self guided. However I enjoyed learning about the history of the area. The lives of the people whom inhabited it in the early days. The geography of the area. The native indian artifacts. Then the people who came seeking wealth. The building of the rail road..

Visited July 2014
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Los Angeles, California
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76 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Good Presentation of Local History and Its People”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2014

The museum is situated in a beautiful building which resemble a longhouse from the inside. There is a room in the back of the museum which has magnificent views of the Skeena River, local mountains, and the marina and cruise ship dock.

Displays are well lit, usually at a pretty good height to be seen, and usually have unobstructed views. However, there were occasions where some objects are displayed and there is no explanation about the object. One was a big boat suspended from the ceiling in the first room you enter. There are several totem poles in the museum, and nothing is documented about them either. In many of the display cases in the first room, I did not know which First Nation group the case or artifact pertained to. These omissions took away from the overall experience,

The museum did provide many interesting First Nation artifacts related to tools, basketry, and clothing. First Nation material composes about 75% of what you see. Most of the remaining 25% relates to history of the region. It covers trade (both before European contact and after European contact), the history of the Grand Trunk Railway and early years of Prince Rupert, and the history of commercial fishing and fish processing in the region.

I found much of what I saw interesting. There was a room in the back that had a tv to show some related videos. It had a sign on it that said that they hope to fix it as soon as possible. Hope it doesn't sit like that forever, because some of the videos looked like they would have been quite interesting.

Overall, the museum is definitely worth visiting. I would feel most people should be able to see this museum in about 2 hours. You can definitely spend more time if you take your time and read things. The $6 admission charge is very reasonable. If they address some of the improvements I made reference to, this could really be a great place to visit.

Visited August 2014
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