The Pocket Gallery

The Pocket Gallery is a small display space in Clifford Carl Hall, on the main floor of the Royal BC Museum. 

The gallery showcases the little-seen behind-the-scenes work of the Royal BC Museum. 

Featured displays are great opportunities for visitors to see how individual staff members explore innovative, provocative and sometimes revelatory ideas, drawing on collections, research, partnerships and programmes that you might otherwise know very little about.  

Pocket Gallery displays change regularly, as Royal BC Museum professionals continually pitch fresh ideas and focus on new projects.  Access to the Pocket Gallery is free to all visitors.  

The Pocket Gallery is proudly supported by 

Currently featured in the Pocket Gallery

A Tale of Two Families​

Open August 4, 2020— January 31, 2021

This display reveals the stories of two families—one Chinese Canadian, the other French Canadian—who built lasting legacies in BC from the time of the gold rush era, which began in 1858.

Developed by Dr. Tzu-I Chung, Royal BC Museum Curator of History, the display follows the generational narrative of the Louie-Seto and Guichon families through times of great adversity, including the Great Depression and the Chinese exclusion era, to reveal the transformative power of education, community bonds, hard work, and human kindness.

A Tale of Two Families complements the recently launched pop-up exhibition in Victoria’s Fan Tan Alley: Peering into the Past: Celebrating Canadas Oldest Chinatown (a partnership between the Royal BC Museum, the Victoria Chinatown Museum Society and the Salient Group).

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