Britannia Mine Museum
Britannia Mine Museum is open. Online bookings are strongly recommended at this time. For updates please visit Britannia Mine Museum's website.
Go for Gold at the Britannia Mine Museum. Located in beautiful Britannia Beach just 10 minutes south of Squamish, this 10-acre award-winning museum and National Historic Site is full of all-ages fun including rock and mineral activities, gold panning, museum tours and an underground mine train that you can ride on yourself. It rocks!
From historical machinery to heritage buildings, the museum houses everything from machines and ore carts to a working Lime Tank along with other reminders of the mining town that once was. Inside the museum’s 1908 Machine Shop you’ll find even more treasures from a restored ambulance car and larger industrial artefacts to the man car, a vehicle about the size of a sedan, that once held 16 miners.
A new attraction has arrived at Britannia Mine Museum! Discover the captivating story of the Mill with an imaginative storytelling experience unlike anything else in North America. Staged within the almost 100-year-old Mill building, BOOM! will bring the architectural marvel thundering back to life with lights, sounds and special effects.
The Museum’s Terralab is an exhibit and programming space that allows for public and student engagement on the innovative exploration of sustainable mining, using the concept of plants as natural miners, and our move towards sustainable resource extraction. There is also a “Natural Miners” permanent exhibit in the Terralab, that explores the concept that both humans and plants are ʻnatural minersʼ, pulling metals from the earth. Utilizing the familiarity and appeal of plants, the exhibit focuses on our ever-increasing knowledge of how metals and natural systems interact, leading to new ways of conducting mineral exploration and mine site remediation with lower environmental footprints.
This incredible building is the reason behind the Britannia Mine Museum’s designation as a National Historic Site. Inside this stunning industrial landmark is where the ore was once processed.
Experience what life as a miner would have been like in 1914 by climbing aboard the museum’s mine train that will take you inside an early haulage tunnel where you’ll find actual working drills and a mucking machine. Good to Know: Temperatures underground average about 12 degrees Celsius. A sweater or light jacket is recommended.
Gold Panning Pavilion
It’s finders-keepers in the museum’s gold panning area where you’ll find panning troughs at various heights for visitors young and old to go for the gold.
Family Play Area
The Britannia Mine Museum is fully-equipped for family fun with a giant sand pit, playground boat and a snack area with nearby amenities.
Britannia A to Z Historical Exhibits
Learn what life in a mining town was really like in this beautifully-restored heritage building where you’ll find stories, archived photos and the original throne used in the Copper Queen pageant.
Minerals & Society in the Beaty Lundin Visitor Centre
This hands-on exhibit area has been specifically designed for little ones, with a Kids Place, award-winning film screenings, gold and mineral displays and interactive touch screens for an up-close look at the valuable world of mining. There’s even a Mining Hall of Fame!