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Britannia Mine Museum
Britannia Mine Museum

Britannia Mine Museum

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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Britannia Mine Museum is a must see .
Heidi_B, Sep 2021
Britannia Mine Museum General Admission
I went with my 11.5 year old Grandson and my 8.5 years old Granddaughter, we had a great day, and they loved every, but the best part for them was the gold panning. I am very impressed with everything. It was a great experience for us. Thank you Heidi
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Excellent
Cheryl_C, Aug 2021
Britannia Mine Museum General Admission
Educational and lots of fun for children. The train ride was short but kept their attention with the talks and demonstrations.
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Excellent pleasantly surprised
Ellaina_S, Aug 2021
Britannia Mine Museum General Admission
Very well put together museum ! Interesting for everyone ! Great value ! Definitely worth the trip !
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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.
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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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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!
star-4
The location and atmosphere was...
anitamaemcalister, Oct 2017
Britannia Mine Museum General Admission
The location and atmosphere was nice. We took the greyhound bus to Britannia Beach and had a very beautiful scenic drive. Overall we had a fun time. The cafe they have was closed due to staffing issues - the Britannia Mine Museum Gift Shop has ice cream bars, coffee and cookies, chips for sale, but if you are really hungry you will have to go back down the mountain to Vancouver like we did to get lunch.
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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 👍
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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!
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enjoyed our day
KathyHibbs, Jun 2019
Britannia Mine Museum General Admission
we enjoyed our trip to the mine and the new BOOM show. Our 11 yr old grandson also really enjoyed it and we all learned a lot. We were surprised to learn how many of our everyday items contain copper and other mined minerals. It was also meaningful as I have a family member who worked on the mines in the 1920-30's.
star-5
Excellent tour, fun, interesting...
Stan K, Aug 2017
Britannia Mine Museum General Admission
Excellent tour, fun, interesting, and knowledgeable. seeing the mine built right into the mountain was amazing.
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Had a wonderful and educational...
Linda C, Aug 2017
Britannia Mine Museum General Admission
Had a wonderful and educational time. Who knew what a hard time miners had in the past i.e. working in the tunnels with candles. It was very well put together.

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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