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Helmcken House

Helmcken House is near the Royal BC Museum. Helmcken House is an old wooden house that was the home of Dr John Sebastian Helmcken. He was the first doctor to work for the Hudson Bay Company in Victoria. Helmcken lived in this house from 1853 to 1920. There is a statue of him outside the house.

When we visited, the house was closed, so we just viewed it from the outside.

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IreneMcKay
Apr 18, 2015

Helmcken House

This is the oldest house on Vancouver Island, it was built in 1852 for pioneer physician and politician Dr. John Helmcken. It's worth seeing for its furniture and artifacts from the 19th century. Audio tapes are included in the admission with actors talking the part of Helmcken and his family. Personally I felt like if being in a old western movie!!

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cinthya_in_victoria
Jul 01, 2008

Helmcken House

Dr. John Sebastian Helmcken was a lucky man! He married Governor General James Douglas's daughter in the 1850s, and with that marriage came a piece of prime real estate in Victoria's Inner Harbour! Helmcken House is one of the oldest houses in Victoria to still stand on its original site, which today is in the grounds just beside the Royal BC Museum (behind Thunderbird Park). It's free to view the house from the outside, or you can enter by donation (suggestion $5). Entrance is free if you visit the museum that day (show your ticket). The house is open from 12.00 to 4.00 pm daily during the summer, with very limited hours in the off-season. Inside you'll find the Doctor's collection of medical tools, personal items and family photos.

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Jul 02, 2006
 
 
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