Maritime Museum of British Columbia
The Maritime Museum of BC (MMBC) is the leading organizer of the Princess Sophia Exhibition. The SS Princess Sophia’s home port was Victoria, BC, where she started her route along the Inside Passage up to Skagway, Alaska, stopping in ports in BC and Alaska along the way. You can read more about her history and her routes here.
As the largest marine disaster along the Pacific Northwest in the 20th century, this event has incredible significance to the people and communities along our coast line. We are proud to be commemorating such an event with our committed partners and look forward to launching the exhibit in Victoria in January 2018.
About the Museum
The Maritime Museum of BC (MMBC) serves to promote and preserve our maritime experience and heritage and to engage people with this ongoing story. In 2015 the MMBC completed its relocation from its long-term home in Bastion Square to a Society Office in Nootka Court at 634 Humboldt St., with its collections being stored off-site in a climate-controlled facility. The Society Office houses exhibits that display artefacts from the collection, public research space, a gift shop, and staff offices.
The MMBC collections include approximately 35,000 unique artefacts dating from 1775; 1000 works of art; an extensive archive collection of roughly 100 meters of boxed textual documents, plus 35,000 ships’ plans, 2,000 maps and charts, and 40,000 photographs; and a maritime focused library collection consisting of 8,000 books and Special Collections, as well as numerous periodicals. Finally, the Museum cares for a fleet of 3 boats – Tilikum, Trekka, and Dorothy – all of unique historical significance to the province of British Columbia.
To make this extensive and impressive collection accessible to the public, the exhibits at the Society Office will rotate regularly, artefacts from the collection are available for loan to other organizations, and the library and archives are available to researchers by appointment. The MMBC is also focusing heavily on outreach programming to all members of the community from school children to seniors. Please check the website for updated information: http://mmbc.bc.ca/.