Victoria attracts many artists from around the world including writers, performers and musicians. Art galleries like the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria have a permanent collection of over 15,000 art objects including an impressive range of contemporary art and one of Canada’s finest collections of Japanese art. The Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery is located in the University of Victoria where you’ll find an extensive collection of fine art from the University Collection and the Maltwood Collection. Open Space is Victoria’s oldest centre which presents local, national and international contemporary visual artists, musicians, performers and writers.
The Royal British Columbia Museum is rated as one of the finest museums in the world. It showcases the human and natural history of British Columbia. Exhibits include northwest coast aboriginal peoples’ artifacts and lifelike scenes from the natural world. Then take a seat and watch and explore life in an imaginary voyage underwater into the depths of the ocean. You will also find the National Geographic IMAX Theatre located in the same complex. To see what is new at the Royal BC Museum please click here
Take a journey back through history in The Maritime Museum of B.C. located in the historic 1889 Provincial Law Courts building in Bastion Square.
Local theatres like The Belfry Theatre stage innovative and challenging drama bringing outstanding Canadian talent to the city. Other theatres include Victoria Theatre Guild, Victoria Fringe Festival (performances in 4 downtown venues), Phoenix Theatre (University of Victoria), Kaleidoscope Theatre Productions (in schools and public venues).
The Victoria Operatic Society has various venues throughout the year. It’s best to call 381-1021 or visit them online at www.vos.bc.ca. The Pacific Opera Victoria, one of the best operas in Canada is located at 1316-B Government St. and online at www.pov.bc.ca.
The Victoria Symphony, Victoria Jazz Society, and The Victoria Conservatory of Music are a part of Vancouver Island’s largest and most active musical arts organizations. The symphony is well known for its Symphony Splash in the summer and has many concerts during the year. The jazz society produces two major festivals each summer. The conservatory is a professional music school that welcomes students of all ages. Visit their websites in order at www.victoriasymphony.bc.ca, www.vicjazz.bc.ca and www.vcm.bc.ca.