Friends of Government House Gardens Society

Victoria, British Columbia


Costume Museum

Museum: Elegant New Additions

Photo of Evening SuitHere, at the Costume Museum, we’re pleased to share two wonderful outfits just recently donated to the House by The Honourable Iona Campagnolo, 27th Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia. Visitors to the museum may now view a dashing uniform designed and worn by Her Honour to military receptions and gala military events, as well as her elegant violet and purple evening suit, created by First Nations designer Debra Sparrow.
Be sure to stop by the Museum soon to see these and many more costumes from the rich and varied history of Government House of British Columbia.Photo of red uniform

Greetings from the Costume Museum

Museum SnapshotsFour years ago I discovered many wonderful gowns in the attic of Government House. They certainly evoked a sense of the history of Government House and I felt that they should be shared with the people of British Columbia and our guests. Although we started off small, once the word spread that there was indeed this Costume Museum at Government House, many kind people decided to donate family heirlooms.

Located in the Cary Castle Mews on the grounds of Government House estate, the museum houses over forty costumes from the 1860’s to the present, along with vintage accessories, period artifacts and Government House memorabilia. Outfits worn by some of our Lieutenant Governors and their wives, including the official Windsor Uniform worn by the LG for official functions are all on display.

We invite everyone to come down and visit Government House. The grounds and beautiful gardens are open 7 days a week, from sunrise to sunset. The Cary Mews, featuring the Costume Museum, Tea Room, Interpretive Centre and Heraldry & Honours Exhibit is open Tuesdays to Saturday, 10am – 3pm

Free admission, free parking

Susan Erling-Tyrell
Costume Museum

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