Point Ellice House Museum & Gardens
Victoria’s Historic House Museum
Imagine a house full of everything you, your siblings, your parents, and your grandparents ever owned. What could this building and these objects tell you about your family, your life, or your community?
In 1975, John and Inez O’Reilly sold their family home, Point Ellice House, to the Province of British Columbia. Taking only a few personal items, they turned the house over, complete with 108 years of family possessions: Furniture, dishes, luggage, letters, pictures, paintings, musical instruments, clothing, and a lot more.
Built in 1861, Point Ellice House is one of Victoria’s oldest homes – it is both a National and Provincial Historic Site. Today, the site offers self-guided tours of the house, special events, and changing exhibits that connect the house and its occupants to the rich history of Victoria and British Columbia.
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Partner Organization: Vancouver Island Local History Society
“Point Ellice House was my first job at the start of my career in the museum industry! This place made me realize my love for protecting artifacts and teaching love of history to others. Here, I was able to participate in curating my first museum exhibit. At Point Ellice, I had to think outside of the box! Even our garden is considered part of our collection. Recreated based on archaeology, the garden features the original strand of Hollyhocks (my favourite flower) that thrived when the O’Reilly family and house were in its heyday!”
– Tara Jacklin, London, ON