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Britannia Mine Museum
Britannia Mine Museum

Britannia Mine Museum

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75 Reviews
1 Forbes Way, Britannia Beach, BC, V0N 1J0

The Basics

While Britannia Mine used to be a far-flung camp accessible only by boat, its prime location on the Sea-to-Sky Highway means this family-friendly museum is now easy to reach from Vancouver, Squamish, or Whistler. The Britannia Mine Museum includes a train ride into a hauling tunnel, open-air exhibits on mining’s environmental impact, gold-panning troughs, a mill, a century-old machine shop, and play areas for kids. Purchase tickets online to save time, or join a group or private tour of sights along the Sea to Sky route.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Whistler

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Informative & fun
Candy_L, Jul 2021
Britannia Mine Museum General Admission
We loved the boom interactive video ot was wonderful kept my kiddos attention. The staff was amazing as well.
star-5
Amazing memories of the mine town
Vanforeigner, Oct 2020
Britannia Mine Museum General Admission
It was a great chance to talk about mine in the 20th century with my kids. A gentle, awesome guide welcomed us and told about his story in the town during the train tour. Thank you!
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BOOM
Steven_K, Oct 2020
Britannia Mine Museum General Admission
The staff were friendly and our tour guide in the mine was very funny, while being informative at the same time. We also loved the "Boom" show.
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Boom
Mum, Sep 2020
Britannia Mine Museum General Admission
The underground tour was very informative and fun, especially the train ride. Gift shop is nice but service could use a bit of improvement 🤔. All in all, a great place to visit 👍
star-5
Surprisingly impressive!
Burt, Aug 2020
Britannia Mine Museum General Admission
Allow two hours to really enjoy all the information. Precook you’re tour or the underground tour may be booked. Nice mix of activities and static displays. Don’t miss ‘Boom’ You will leave with new understanding of what we use everyday that is one Ted to mining. Gift store is beautiful!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Britannia Mine Museum is great for families with kids; the mine train and gold panning exhibits are especially popular with children.

  • If you’re joining a tour of the museum, arrive 20 minutes early.

  • Temperatures in the mining tunnel can be chilly; bring an extra layer—even when the weather is warm.

  • Some exhibits are outdoors, but there are enough inside activities to make this a good rainy-day destination.

  • The visitor center, exhibit hall, gold-panning pavilion, and store are all wheelchair accessible, but the underground areas and historic buildings are not.

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How to Get There

Located on the eastern side of Highway 99 (the Sea-to-Sky Highway), the Britannia Mine Museum is roughly 30 miles (48 kilometers) north of Vancouver and 7.5 miles (12 kilometers) south of Squamish, with ample parking available on-site. Public transit options are limited, but some tours of the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway stop at the Britannia Mine Museum on the way from Vancouver to Whistler or Pemberton.

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When to Get There

The museum is open to the public year-round, with hours from 9:30am to 4:30pm daily. Plan to spend a few hours exploring the exhibits.

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What to See Near the Britannia Mine Museum

With a dramatic location near the head of Howe Sound, the Britannia Mine Museum is a short distance from some of British Columbia’s top attractions. Nearby highlights include Shannon Falls, the Sea to Sky Gondola, and Squamish’s picturesque downtown.

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