Previous Exhibit: The Politics of Luxury

July 20th 2019 to April 30th, 2020

The Politics of Luxury

The Politics of Luxury was a previous exhibit at Point Ellice House Museum and Gardens in Victoria’s Rock Bay. Through images, artifacts, and stories, The Politics of Luxury cast a new eye on early Victoria’s upper classes. The exhibit examines the relationships that sustained people, power, and privilege. Visitors meet the O’Reilly Family, tour their home, experience the luxury they lived in, and meet some of the working people who supported their lifestyle.

The Politics of Luxury isn’t your grandmother’s historic house tour. The exhibit takes on the colonial past and examines how decisions made within these historic homes had important and sometimes devastating effects on the people of British Columbia, particularly First Nations—decisions that continue to shape the province today.