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Vancouver Maritime Museum

1905 Ogden Ave., Vancouver, British Columbia V6J 1A3, Canada
+1 604-257-8300
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As featured in Vancouver for young kids
Ranked #71 of 185 Attractions in Vancouver
Type: Specialty Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: For over fifty years, the Vancouver Maritime Museum has celebrated the profound significance of the ocean and waterways of the Pacific and Arctic.... more » Owner description: For over fifty years, the Vancouver Maritime Museum has celebrated the profound significance of the ocean and waterways of the Pacific and Arctic. Located in on the waterfront in stunning Vanier Park, the Maritime Museum's featured attraction is the St. Roch, a National Historic Site and RCMP vessel that was the first vessel to circumnavigate North America and the only link between distant communities in the Canadian Arctic in the early 20th century. The museum also has extensive galleries of model ships, including a particularly fine bone model of the French warship Vengeur du Peuple which was built around 1800 by French prisoners of war, a Children's Maritime Discovery Centre, a recreation of the fo'c'sle (forecastle) of Vancouver's ship Discovery, an extensive collection of maritime art, the boiler of the Beaver which was the first steamship in the Pacific Northwest, and many more wonders and treasures. « less
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Lynden, Washington
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58 reviews 58 reviews
11 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

We visited this museum several years ago and loved it so came back with frends. It has a pricy admission plus parking is not free in the lot by the museum. There is a short video prior to going aboard the St. Roch then you may visit the main deck and climb ladders to the wheelhouse. The past visit included... More

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Seattle
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72 reviews 72 reviews
19 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Don't miss the History of the Swimsuit exhibit, on through November 2014. Museum features an extensive collection of ship models, and you can climb up on the bridge and view the crews quarters of the historic RCMP St. Roch Arctic exploration ship. A must-see in Vancouver. Take a walk outside down to view the wooden boats in Heritage Harbor (when... More

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Puurs, Belgium
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38 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

The museum could indeed do with an update, but I suppose that's a matter of funds, as with any museum. Still, we very much enjoyed the displays, the ship and learnt a lot about the attempts to conquer the northwest passage and the lifestyle of the Inuit.

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British Columbia
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40 reviews 40 reviews
11 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

It had been years since I was last at the museum, and it didn't feel like much had changed. For a port city the size of Vancouver, it's a shame the museum can't stack up to places like the aquarium and the Science Centre. It just has that "old" feel and things hadn't been kept up to date. The St.... More

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Richmond, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We saw a number of tools and implements, and I love looking at machines. Getting to tour and look around the St Roch and understand a little of the life of Arctic explorers was great. Friendly staff, sadly our visit was cut short - we'd love to get a chance to explore more of the rest of the museum.

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Andover, Massachusetts
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We actually walked to this museum from our west end B&B since we weren't sure about the little shuttle ferries. The walk was long, but we enjoyed the walk along the sea wall and across the Burrard Bridge. The feature of this museum is the St. Roch ship that made its way across the Northwest passage from Vancouver to Halifax... More

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Walked up to reception to ask about entry the two female staff simply ignored us, after a few minutes of waiting I said forget it then and one of the staff grinned at me

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VanMaritime M, Public Relations Manager at Vancouver Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Dear Paul Richard S, Thank you for your email from July 1, 2014 about your visit to our museum. We appreciate you taking the time to bring this to our attention. We sincerely apologize for your experience and the inconvenience it may have caused you. The service you received did not meet your expectations, nor our own service commitments. We... More

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I was very fortunate to have a viewing of the letters of Admiral Lord Nelson,which included the battle plans for Trafalgar. The Museum has many exhibits which cover both Canadian and Maritime history. You can spend all day there and not be bored.

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Chilliwack, Canada
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36 reviews 36 reviews
22 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

I really enjoyed my visit to this little museum. It may be small, but it is well laid out. Packed full of informative displays, and information. I really enjoyed speaking to the professional model maker who has his own build room in the middle of the building. Very cool touch! The young man who gave the tour of the St... More

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

We visited this museum while waiting for our cruise. It is very well organized and there are plenty of interesting exhibits that made it worthwhile. I really wish we had more time for this, but it is definitely on the schedule for next visit.

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