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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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638 Bc-1 | Thunderbird Park, Victoria, British Columbia V8V 2P8, Canada
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed June 12, 2014

The house is almost attached to the Royal British Columbia Museum and is included with your museum entry. The guide gave us a nice little history of the place. This adds a lot, so make sure you talk with the guide. On visits to other...More

2  Thank Marie G
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Reviewed July 30, 2008

An interesting side trip, located within easy walking distance of the Fairmount Empress Hotel in Victoria and adjacent to both the Royal British Columbia Museum and Thunderbird Park. This 1850s house has been (simplistically) maintained in its original condition and with many original contents. To...More

2  Thank mrliterature
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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.

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.

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

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.

Thank noral420
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

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.

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!

Thank LWO_11
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

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

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

Thank Lavarcham
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