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One of the Original Buildings in Victoria

When the Legislature and the Empress were being built, this building was already old! This old... read more

Reviewed April 29, 2018
Chris D
New Westminster, Canada
Park Like Setting!

This historic house is nicely set in behind the Thunderbird park. So this makes it an ideal place... read more

Reviewed August 10, 2017
Vancouver, Canada
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29 Apr 2018
“One of the Original Buildings in Victoria”
10 Aug 2017
“Park Like Setting!”
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Reviewed April 29, 2018

When the Legislature and the Empress were being built, this building was already old! This old cabin takes us back to the fur trade days. Located east of the museum and adjacent Thunderbird Park, it's not like it's out of your way.

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Chris D
Reviewed August 10, 2017

This historic house is nicely set in behind the Thunderbird park. So this makes it an ideal place for a picnic or just a casual stroll through the gardens, it is part of the BC Museum.

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank sashakeena
Reviewed July 9, 2017

Enjoyed the side trip on the same ticket as Royal museum. Hands on....invited to touch the exhibits in the 100 plus year old Dr. Helmcken's family home.recommended

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank B V
Reviewed February 28, 2017

Just a small little peace of history to be appreciated in an out of the way spot. I do believe there still might be a llecture that still takes place inside telling the details and history about the park and building.

Date of experience: January 2017
Thank noraJL
Reviewed February 9, 2017

Great place for a stoll on the pathways around the home plus you can locate park benches in Thunderbird Park. We came during the snow storm last week, which was great to see, plus you need to purchase tickets from the BC Museum to get...More

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank sashakeena
Reviewed January 24, 2017

This is a nice historical house located in the heart of the inner harbour of Victoria. A quick stop as part of a larger tour of downtown Victoria.

Date of experience: July 2016
2  Thank TravelOften1968
Reviewed December 30, 2016 via mobile

We have missed this on other visits to the museum and were delighted to see that it would be decked out for the Christmas season! A visitor even sat and played the piano - magical visit!

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank LOffutt
Reviewed October 6, 2016

This museum in Thunderbird Park was built in 1852 by Dr. John Sebastian Helmcken, the first doctor in Victoria, a surgeon with the Hudson's Bay Company. It is one of the oldest houses in British Columbia. Some interesting items on display include his medical kit.Adjacent...More

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank Vikinglady2
Reviewed September 7, 2016

This house has been very well maintained with much of the original furniture exactly as it is in the photos of the time. The story of Helmcken is fascinating! The host there is a lovely woman who has a lot of knowledge about the house...More

Date of experience: August 2016
1  Thank Leefboy
Reviewed August 19, 2016

This is a simple wood frame house and is apparently the oldest house in BC still standing in its original position. It is musty dark and gloomy inside and has a rather oppressive atmosphere. It was built by Dr. John Sebastian Helmcken in 1852. He was...More

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank Lavarcham
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