Let’s Go To Victoria!


Back in the 60’s all the way up to the 80’s my family used to take the Ferry up to Victoria BC and while she was still  making the trip, we made the trip on the  Princess Marguerite

Photo A.M. Moscoso

It was a great place to visit- there were fun museums and French Bakeries that made the greatest Petit Fours in the world. There were the Gardens and souvenier shops that even a kid could afford to shop at.

Back when I was little there was a Madame Tussaud’s Wax museum up in Victoria with a spectacular Chamber of Horrors that you would think my family had to drag me out of but  that wasn’t the case.

My entire family slow walked through that part of the exhibit every single time we visited it. I take that back. My Mom never went to the Wax Museum. She didn’t like the figures. Even the historical ones.  She thought that they were creepy.

So the museum had a lot of exhibits to look at, but honestly I never really took any interest in most of  them. I was all about the spooky stuff. I know big surprise, right? You have no idea how sad I was when in the late 90’s  the Royal London Wax Museum in Victoria closed down. The former manager took the wax figures home with him and stored them in his basement- those figures were worth around  $30,000. So there was no way they were going to be tossed out.  Well. Not the heads anyway:

10 years after the Royal Royal London Wax Museum closed in Victoria, more than 200 wax figures moved in with Ken Lane: Feb. 24, 2020 (CTV News)

As I mentioned the Wax Museum was a fantastic place to visit- but all I cared about was one part of it.

In the end though, the entire collection joined the Chamber of Horrors.

“At Halloween, we like to startle people,” said Lane ( the former Manager ). “We say, ‘We have a bunch of bodiless heads in our basement, do you want to see them?

The museum is no more but my favorite exhibit the one that I would spend my time with on my family’s jaunts to Victoria had a nice send off in the end- and they managed to take the entire museum with them.

Kind of fitting, if you think about it.

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