The Costume Museum is open for the Summer 2021 season:
11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
June 1-September 3, 2021
The Summer 2021 season features a special exhibit displaying clothing from the collection of the Prince and Princess Abkahzi, on loan from the Abkhazi Garden.
The Costume Museum is located in the Carriage House and showcases a large variety of period pieces. From former Lieutenant Governors’ uniforms and Chatelaines’ dresses to an original butler’s uniform, the Museum takes visitors on a sartorial journey through the history of the Estate and Office of the Lieutenant Governor. These historical artifacts are from both the Government House collection and thanks to the generosity of several donors. Visitors to the Costume Museum will also see the historic Landau Carriage on display. In 1901, the Landau was used by the Duke and Duchess of York and Cornwall (later King George V and Queen Mary) on their tour of Victoria and Esquimalt.
The Costume Museum is operated by the Friends of Government House Gardens Society with the support of Government House. All members of the Friends are welcome to volunteer at the museum. You don’t even have to do gardening!