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Glass Sponges
Dive into the world of ancient deep-sea biodiversity hotspots called glass sponge reefs.

BC’s Mountain Dinosaur
Almost 50 years ago a geologist found dinosaur fossils in northern BC. Today those fossils are in the Royal BC Museum collection. Curator of palaeontology Dr. Victoria Arbour studies those fossils. Find out about her exciting discoveries!

Hannah Maynard

Hannah Maynard

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Hannah Maynard was an early expert in experimental photography. In the mid-1800s, she started capturing portraits of Victoria’s early settlers and Indigenous communities. With explorations of multiple exposures and photo sculpting, she experimented with surrealism years before its time.

Simple Machines

Simple Machines

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Explore simple machines at the Royal BC Museum! Find examples of simple machines in the museum’s collections and galleries. If you can’t get here in person, you can find Royal BC Museum examples of simple machines here on the Learning Portal.

Great Bear Rainforest

Great Bear Rainforest

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For thousands of years, Indigenous people have shared the Great Bear Rainforest with wolves, eagles, sea otters, salmon and herring, as well as many other animals. It is the only home of BC’s provincial mammal, the Spirit Bear.

Alpine Plants

Alpine Plants

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British Columbia has high mountains. Lots of them. In fact, more than 12 per cent of the province is alpine tundra—land above the trees. The alpine tundra is a land of extremes. Trees can’t grow at such high elevations because of cold temperatures. The growing season is brief, and some areas are covered by snow…

Documenting the Pandemic

Documenting the Pandemic

In April 2020, I asked my Social Studies 9 class to take some pictures around their neighbourhoods. These pictures had to be reflective of how people were dealing with or adapting to the "new normal" of living through the COVID-19 pandemic. They had to tie their pictures to 4 different historical concepts: historical significance, cause…

BC Fish Colouring Sheets

BC Fish Colouring Sheets

Print off these illustrations by Royal BC Museum curator of vertebrate zoology, Dr. Gavin Hanke and colour away! Colour from your imagination (what colours would you like your fish to be?) or check online sources to find out real life colours of these fishes. Keep in mind that the colour you see depends on: what…

Dr. Erica Wheeler

Mary Gibson Henry

Dr. Erica Wheeler
Botany Collections Manager, Dr Erica Wheeler, talks about Mary Gibson Henry and her contributions to BC botany. Part of this video was shot during a 2014 field research trip in northeastern BC.