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Address: 1905 Ogden Ave., Vancouver, British Columbia V6J 1A3, Canada
Phone Number: +1 604-257-8300
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: For over fifty years, the Vancouver Maritime Museum has celebrated the...
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.
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Very interesting and well done

We really enjoyed the museum. They actually built the museum around the ship the RCM Police St. Roch. Pretty famous ship that was the first to go from West to East through the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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Elmira, Ontario, Canada
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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439 reviews 439 reviews
263 attraction reviews
183 helpful votes 183 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Went today and had the pleasure of visiting the super museum, seeing locally moored boats and seeing the tankers from afar. Good clean beach

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Elmira, Ontario, Canada
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23 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

We really enjoyed the museum. They actually built the museum around the ship the RCM Police St. Roch. Pretty famous ship that was the first to go from West to East through the Northwest Passage. Other displays of maritime special events, but the main attraction is the St. Roch. Hard to believe that men actually lived on this tiny ship... More 

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Beijing, China
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Wasn't crowded during a week day with my kids (5 & 8). We spent time on the exhibits before and after out tour of the St. Roch. Our tour only had 5 people and it felt crowded. I would hate to be there when it's busy.

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Vancouver BC
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

So by now you know my reviews are really concerned with the safety and happiness of my grandchildren. Well! This museum is for you if you feel the same way. There is a Baby changing station with a sink within reach, paper towels and privacy. I didn't see a breastfeeding chair for moms but I'm a Granny and I was... More 

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Hong Kong Region, China
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

This museum was very good,boosting a lot of maritime heritage,including a entire Ship inside called the "St Roch",which was a ship used to travel to the Arctic and back.We explored the ship and found the crew's cabin,and the crew accommodations which were modest at best,using hammocks....... There are also fascinating Ship models and information about the bay and the maritime... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

I was in Vancouver in October and came across the Maritime Museum in Kitsilano - what an amazing location! There was a brilliant exhibit on about swimsuits and their evolution over the years - hilarious Victorian ones. We also had fun looking round the St Roch, which I think we enjoyed as much as the kids that were looking round... More 

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Vancouver, BC
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

In order to rate on TripAdvisor you need to give at least 1 star. In my opinion this 'museum' deserves nothing. My family went on an evening during the week and entrance was 'by donation'. We were happy to donate and put quite a bit of money in the donation box. Once our donation was received, we were then informed... More 

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

Thank you for your comments. We take all feedback from our visitors (both positive and negative) very seriously. We would like to apologize that it was not made clear to you prior to your visit that the St. Roch was not open during Late Night Thursdays. As a not-for-profit society, we are able to stay open late on a Thursday... More 

Gold Coast, Australia
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111 reviews 111 reviews
56 attraction reviews
159 helpful votes 159 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

This museum has a huge variety of interesting displays, including a entire sailing ship that's housed inside the museum. You can explore the ship, inside and out, and learn about its history. There are interactive displays for children, as well as fascinating maritime antiques. You can also watch the resident model boat maker at work in his workshop on site.... More 

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Qualicum Beach, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

This has been on our museum hit list for a few years. We have spent many years in the far north and have visited a few of the locations the St. Roch serviced. The ship has been painstaking restored. When you explore the ship you get a real feeling of what life must have been like on the long voyages... More 

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Watlington, United Kingdom
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23 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Good place to visit as well as the other 2 museums nearby. All about a bat that travelled the Arctic route above Canada and was the first boat to do so. You even get to jump on board said ship

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