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.
About the 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 •
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
: Film History and Technology
Medical History and Technology
Toys and Games
Plants and Animals (Biological Collections)
Agricultural or Domestic • Living Collections
Services & Activities
Classes or Workshops
Films and Videos
Children's Activities or Services
Information Centre or Desk
Special Needs Facilities
: Wheelchair access
Picnic Area •
Catering Services •
Publications and Products
Elliot Street Square
(next to the Royal B.C. Museum)
Victoria, British Columbia
638 Elliott Street Square, Victoria, British Columbia
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