Hours and Location

The Royal BC Museum is dedicated to providing a safe and welcoming space for our visitors. As the COVID-19 situation evolves, the museum is committed to understanding the facts and ensuring we respond appropriately.  We have made the difficult decision to close the Archives Reference Room until further notice in order to comply by social distancing. We will still be providing services through our digital channels including our archives collections search. Please contact access@royalbcmuseum.bc.ca and we will do our best to assist. 

You can find information on our collection databases here: https://royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/bc-archives/search-our-collections

BC Archives Hours

Staff assistance (in-person and telephone): Weekdays
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Online search Available 24 hours a day
Day Hours
Monday–Friday* (see special closures) 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday (see special closures) 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Sundays and BC statutory holidays Closed

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Days Closed

October 14
November 11
December 11*, 25, 26
January 1
February 17
April 10, 13
May 18
July 1
August 3
September 7
October 12
November 11
December 25, 26

* Please note that on December 31 we will have full service until 2:00pm then partial service

Reference Services

Service 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Weekdays Evenings and Saturdays
Staff assistance (in person) Yes No
Staff assistance (via telephone) Yes No
Registration Yes Yes
Retrieval of original records and publications* Yes No
Camera use (photographic copying) Yes Yes
Printing from self-serve microfilm Yes No
Scanning from self-serve scanners (with purchase of USB stick**) Yes Yes
Printing from computer kiosks Yes No
Access to Microfilm Room Yes Yes

*Retrievals of original records must be placed by 3:30 pm
**You can purchase a USB stick during staff hours or you can bring your own USB. We cannot guarantee that external USB sticks will work on our machines.


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The BC Archives is located in downtown Victoria, at 655 Belleville Street, at the corner of Belleville and Government Streets, next to the Royal BC Museum and close to the Legislative Buildings and the Empress Hotel.

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