Royal BC Museum – Victoria, BC, Canada 8/9/2013

AUGUST 9, 2013 (Friday)

 

Another beautiful day in Victoria, B.C.

Michael and I ventured out around noon and found plenty of parking behind the Royal B.C. Museum. It cost $9.00 for four hours but worth it to be so close. We went inside and got our tickets. I wanted Michael to do the IMAX experience but he opted not to. The two tickets for us were $43.20.

Edie's penchant in red, green and blue.

Edie’s penchant in red, green and blue.

White to purple blossoms.

White to purple blossoms.

We went into the gift shop downstairs looking for Barry, the man who had told us about the Victoria Splash. Without him we would not have known about that wonderful experience! He wasn’t there. Then we walked up to “The Last Place on Earth” exhibit. This is a huge exhibit with actual artifacts from the expeditions.  Scott and Amundsen’s personal effects, actual tools and many photographs.  No pictures allowed.

There was also another one about climate change. Then upstairs to all those exhibits. A lot to take in but all wonderful. What I really enjoyed was talking to a professor in the “Chinatown” exhibit who had some interesting things to share about Chinatown. A film crew was filming him too. Fun.

Inside at the ticket counter, came on a sunny day, good tip, museum not crowded.

Inside at the ticket counter, came on a sunny day, good tip, museum not crowded.

Grumpy old man forced by wife to pose with giant toy bear. (I really thought I was smiling).

Grumpy old man forced by wife to pose with giant toy bear. (I really thought I was smiling).

Pretty woman having fun.

Pretty woman having fun.

Butterfly in stained glass, very nice, $85.00

Butterfly in stained glass, very nice, $85.00

From the third floor of the museum.

From the third floor of the museum.

 

Life size Woolly Mammoth.

Life size Woolly Mammoth.

Really artistic diorama's, with lots of stuffed animals.

Really artistic diorama’s, with lots of stuffed animals.

Diorama

Diorama

Diorama

Diorama

Diorama

Diorama

 

Old car.

Old car.

Old toilet.

Old toilet.

Hammers.

Hammers.

Placard on stone hammers.

Placard on stone hammers.

 

Carvings.

Carvings.

Interesting carvings.

Interesting carvings.

Masks.

Masks.

 

He is a lead man, he wears a warm hat.

He is a lead man, he wears a warm hat.

 

He is a chief, he wears a crown.

He is a chief, he wears a crown.

 

Huge attractive wall hanging with relief art.

Huge attractive wall hanging with relief art.

We were exhausted after about three hours of walking and looking and reading. We were done. Wish we could have taken in more but we were in overload by that time.

We walked over to the harbor and ran into Plaster Man. I think it’s the same guy that is all painted up but today he was in total white. Good to know he can “mix it up.” Maybe he’s getting his paint clothing cleaned or something.

Statue performance, all white today.

Statue performance, all white today.

We walked down further and ran into the most interesting street performer we’ve seen. His name is Just Akton (or something similar). He was fantastic. He did balance, juggling, unicycle, comedy – great! Glad we just happened upon him and got to see him perform. 

Street performer.  Very good and funny.

Street performer. Very good and funny.

Clowning around on a block wall.  He was very spider like.

Clowning around on a block wall. He was very spider like.

 

After he got off the wall he got on a 8 foot high unicycle.

After he got off the wall he got on a 8 foot high unicycle.

Juggled knives, did tricks with his hat.  He was talented and well practiced.

Juggled knives, did tricks with his hat. He was talented and well practiced.

 

He was good with the knives, even went under his legs.

He was good with the knives, even went under his legs.

After that we walked along and went up the steps in search of food. Michael and I were getting hungry. We went across the street to Sam’s Deli. Had a wonderful vegetarian sandwich, bowl of fruit, and a lemon bar for dessert. All fresh and wonderful.

We split a veggie sandwich, lemon tart and bowl of fruit pieces.

We split a veggie sandwich, lemon tart and bowl of fruit pieces.

After lunch I made Michael walk down to a store I had seen the night of Victoria Splash that I made a mental note of wanting to go back. It’s a traveler type store and I thought it would have some new ideas but nothing. Was a waste of our time but a nice long walk that we needed (at least I kept telling Michael that).

Grumpy old man gettin' tired of posing with stuffed animals.

Grumpy old man gettin’ tired of posing with stuffed animals.

Pretty woman having fun.

Pretty woman having fun.

 

River Dance Jr.

River Dance Jr.

We headed back towards the Museum and went into the Helmcken house. The volunteers in the home were very knowledgeable and fun. The house is much bigger than it looks and was quite interesting.

Dr Helmcken's kitchen.

Dr Helmcken’s kitchen.

Dr Helmcken's dinning table.

Dr Helmcken’s dinning table.

 

His medical practice equipment.

His medical practice equipment.

The bed the good Dr died in at age 96.

The bed the good Dr died in at age 96.

 

Clothes washing machine, power by armstrong.

Clothes washing machine, power by armstrong.

As we were heading back to our car I saw Barry, the man who told us about Victoria Splash. We had a nice talk and thanked him for sharing. He gave us more information too. Was meant to be to see him just before we left. 

Barry, the museum volunteer that told Edie about Victoria Splash, her favorite event so far.  Great job Barry!  Thank you, thank you.

Barry, the museum volunteer that told Edie about Victoria Splash, her favorite event so far. Great job Barry! Thank you, thank you.

We headed home but stopped at a little bakery down the hill a bit called Oh La La. We’re looking at cupcakes for dessert tomorrow so we put an order in for a few. They sure look good, hope they are. 

That was our day. Hope yours was wonderful!

 

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