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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 #66 of 184 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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Andover, Massachusetts
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81 reviews 81 reviews
28 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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
11 reviews 11 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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
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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Richmond, Canada
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64 reviews 64 reviews
35 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

This museum is probably not well known and easily missed while in Vancouver. I think this museum is possibly a more important part of Canadian history than to foreign visitors. Take time out to watch a video of the St Roch, the first vessel to navigate the Northwest Passage in both directions and the first vessel to circumnavigate the North... More

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Brisbane, Australia
19 reviews 19 reviews
17 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

Very good video & then can spend time actually on the decks of St Roch which was used for polar exploration. Very interesting museum with lots of other naval exhibits. We took the ferry across there but is also a stop on the Hop on Hop off bus route so easy to access.

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Poole, United Kingdom
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221 attraction reviews
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

The main exhibit is the St Roch. First we watched a fifteen minute video about the vessel then we had twenty minutes to look around before we were told our time was up and we had to leave for the next group. It meant it was a bit of a rush looking it over and taking pictures and it was... More

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Winnipeg, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

I wasn't expecting much, and it seemed like there was only one portion to the museum with the St. Roch... which was, by the way, amazing, and you really should go on it to explore if you are there. Not only can you go on the decks, but belowdecks, and also climb up to where the captain's wheel is. Very... More

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Bellevue, Washington
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148 reviews 148 reviews
73 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014 via mobile

I am Not! So we only planned one hour here, but stayed three. The St Roch was fully open, and deserved nearly an hour herself, imcluding the video and adjoining exhibits. Special (?) exhibit on Sikh immigrants ca. 1910 was fascinating given open Canadian society of today. Adm. Nelson letters and incredible CPR ship models were a highlight, and the... More

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