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Roedde House is a restored Victorian home in downtown's West End. Built in 1893 for city newcomers Gustav and Mathilda Roedde, its design is credited to the early B.C. architect Francis M. Rattenbury, who designed the impressive Legislative Buildings and Empress Hotel in Victoria. The style is Queen Anne Revival, which can be seen in fine details like its cupola, bay windows and veranda.
This national history museum at the University of British Columbia has a mammoth collection of over two million specimens which includes the famed 25 meter (82 feet) female blue whale skeleton, supposedly bigger than a brontosaurus. The museum's main aim is to spread the awareness of biodiversity and how it impacts the world we live in. This underground museum is worth the trip for the suspended blue whale skeleton itself. Enjoy the information shared by the guides about the blue whales and other specimens. There is also an interactive lab where you can try to be a scientist by comparing the claws of different bird species and more, under a microscope. The museum also has a family space filled with books, art and interactive exhibits to keep the kids interested and entertained.
This award-winning glass and concrete structure hold one of the world's most extensive collections of Northwest Coast First Nations art. This University of British Columbia Museum is a must-see while you are in the city. History, culture and art are on display in an atmosphere of tranquillity and light. See totem poles, canoes and sculptures in silver, gold and wood. There's also a gift shop if you wish to buy some souvenir for your family or friends.