Helmcken House

Tourism Region: Vancouver Island

Take a fascinating stereo taped tour as you discover the home that Dr. John Sebastian Helmcken built for his bride in 1852, and hear the good doctor describe what Victoria was like in the old days. His wife, Cecilia, daughter of the Governor of Vancouver Island, recounts her life as a pioneer mother, and Aunt Dolly reveals why she left her father's room untouched as a shrine to his memory after he died in 1920. See one of the largest collections of surgical instruments in western Canada. Dr. Helmcken was one of British Columbia's Father's of Confederation and the only Confederation delegate to keep a journal of the negotiations. The Home itself is a fine example of Hudson's Bay Company, or Red River architecture.



Elliot Street Square
(next to the Royal B.C. Museum)
Victoria, British Columbia
V8V 1W1

Telephone: (250) 361-0021
Fax: (250) 356-7796

Mailing Address: 
Helmcken House
638 Elliott Street Square, Victoria, British Columbia
V8V 1W1

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Hours of Operation

April through October and December.
Special events and programs at various times through the year. Phone for information.

Open: 12-4pm daily from March 1st-April 30th. May 1st-Nov 1st 11-5pm

Closed: January/ February

Administration fees

Admission: Charged

About Collections

Dr. Helmcken's medical collection spanning 1840 - 1920 - a single practitioner's collection from Victoria, B.C. Household objects with provenance to the Helmcken family, 1850 - 1920.

Approximate number of objects in the collections: 1200


Architectural Records • Textual Records

Human History

Medical Collection and Domestic Collection with provenance to the Helmcken Family.

Clocks or Time-Keeping Devices • Costumes and Accessories • Furniture or Furnishings • Household Objects or Domestic Technology • Imaging : Film History and Technology • Medical History and Technology • Musical Instruments • Toys and Games

Natural Sciences

Physic Garden

Plants and Animals (Biological Collections)
Agricultural or Domestic • Living Collections

Services & Activities

Research Services

Information Centre

Educational Programs

Classes or Workshops • Internships • Lectures

Visitor Services

Films and Videos • Guided Tours : English • Audio Guides • Children's Activities or Services • Information Centre or Desk • Parking Facilities : Charged • Gift shop • Special Needs Facilities : Wheelchair access • Cloakroom • Washrooms

Food Services

Picnic Area • Catering Services • Reception Facilities

Publications & Products

Other: books


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