John Sebastian Helmcken set up house in Victoria when he married the daughter
of Governor James Douglas in 1852. Originally a three-room log house, the house
was built by Helmcken and expanded as both the prosperity and size of the family
grew. A surgeon with the Hudson's Bay Company, Helmcken went on to become a statesman
and helped negotiate the entry of British Columbia as a province into Canada.
Now the oldest house in
British Columbia on its original site that still opens for the public, Helmcken
House offers you a fascinating glimpse into the way life was lived over a hundred
years ago. The good doctorís original 19th-century medical kit is among the interesting
items on display at Helmcken House.
Located in the heart of Victoria's sparkling Inner Harbour district, Helmcken
House is surrounded by all the attractions and activity around Victoria's Inner
BC Museum anchors an area bounded by Douglas, Belleville and Government Streets,
steps from Victoriaís Inner Harbour and across the street from BCís Legislature
Buildings. This cultural precinct includes the BC Archives, Helmcken House, St.
Annís Schoolhouse, the Netherlands Carillon Tower, Thunderbird Park and Mungo
House is located outside the main entrance of the Royal BC Museum, adjacent to
Thunderbird Park. Helmcken House is closed during the fall and winter seasons,
including the Halloween period, with the exception of a special Christmas Open
House, which is free with a same-day Royal BC Museum admission ticket. Enquire
at the museum for further information on the Christmas week at Helmcken House.
The grounds of Helmcken House are always accessible when the heritage house is
c/o Royal BC Museum
675 Belleville Street
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