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Royal BC Museum offers admission by donation

December 29, 2009

VICTORIA, BC As a gift to thank the community for its continued support, the Royal BC Museum (RBCM) is carrying on its New Years tradition by offering admission by donation. Visitors are asked to pay-what-they-can from Jan. 2 - 9.

A measure of success for any museum is its community backing, says RBCM CEO Pauline Rafferty. And, despite our changing economy, support for the Royal BC Museum this year has been considerable. Offering admission by donation is our gift to the community, a way we can show our thanks.

Those visiting the RBCM during admission by donation week will see two Canadian premiere exhibitions. Sabadeb The Gifts: Pacific Coast Salish Art and Artists, a feature show organized by the Seattle Art Museum, brings together 165 ancient and contemporary works of art from the Coast Salish peoples of BC and Washington state. The Silver of the Stars collection showcases contemporary silver drinking vessels, created for some of the biggest names in film, music, fashion, theatre and literature.

In addition, the holiday festivities continue at the RBCM the streets of Old Town are decked in the seasons finest and, until Jan. 3, historic Helmcken House is open, welcoming visitors to experience an old-fashioned Victorian Christmas.

As the provincial museum and archives, the Royal BC Museum preserves and shares the stories of British Columbia on-site, off-site and online through its research, collections, exhibitions and educational programs. Its two-hectare cultural precinct also includes a number of historically significant buildings and First Nations sites.

For more information on the latest activities, events and exhibitions at the Royal BC Museum, visit or call 1-888-447-7977.


Admission by donation
Jan. 2 - 9, 2010, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

An old-fashioned Christmas at Helmcken House
Until Jan. 3, noon - 4 p.m. closed New Years Day
Decked with boughs of fir and holly and set with a traditional holiday feast, Helmcken House comes alive with the spirit of a Victorian Christmas.

Celebrate the season in Old Town
Until Jan. 11, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. closed New Years Day
Old Town is ready for the holidays with a 4.7-metre (15-foot) Christmas tree, streets laced with festive garlands and shops decked in seasonal finery.

For more information contact:
Royal BC Museum
Phone: 1-888-447-7977

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