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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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Easy way to burn a few hours

The visit inside the St Roch on Sundays was interesting to see. The displays in the gallery are also very neat. The entrance fee is very reasonable.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 18, 2015
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Arlington, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

I am a nautical buff, liking all things relating to sailing, maritime history, etc. So this museum called to me. It is accessible via water taxi, regular cab, public transit, or as in our case, by bicycle. We rode across the bridge from central Vancouver...very easy because of the separate (safe) bike lane. It's premiere exhibit is the St. Roch,... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

The visit inside the St Roch on Sundays was interesting to see. The displays in the gallery are also very neat. The entrance fee is very reasonable.

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Luang Prabang, Laos
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

In addition to the presence of the historical St Roch ship inside the museum, there is a whole gallery of displays about the search for the NW passage which defined arctic exploration for so many centuries, and also a lot on the maritime history of Vancouver, its harbor, the great ocean liners to the Orient. Well worth a visit of... More 

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North Truro, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Tons of information, displays and artifacts on maritime exploration and travel of the Canadian Arctic. The ship St. Roch is on view and tourable during paid admission hours. The museum offers free entry on an evening but it doesn't include this vessel - why go then? It was the first vessel to sail the Northwest Passage from west to east... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We took a ferry from Granville Island to get to this museum, its quite small but the boat on display is fascinating. One is permitted to climb aboard to look in detail. Interesting to compare exploration in early times to the cruise industry of today, one gets a feel for how difficult it was for early adventurers. A nice collection... More 

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vancouver
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

if you are interested in Maritime naval history then spend an hour here its small and could have had a few more items nice to be able to see St Roc remember that from elementary schoo,l close to the beaches and is quick to buy your ticket

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Great little museum. Fascinating display on search for North West Passage. Don't miss the tour round the St.Roch boat when they open it up. Well worth combining with trip to Vanier Park and other museums there,and away from the crowds at Granville Island

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Good tour of the ship (building was built around it) and other interesting exhibits and models. Very friendly staff.

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Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

this is an interesting little museum with the ship that went through the Northwest Passage. The historical significance is worth a look. You do not need a lot of time to visit here.

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New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Very quite, quaint and with an air of amateurism about the place. We did however enjoy the visit, it was however a little out of the way, and a little parochial to be honest. The highlight is the ship in dry dock, the "Roch" I believe it is called. On a rainy day it would be worth a visit in... More 

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