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Vancouver Maritime Museum

Granville Island & Fairview
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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

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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Don't miss the simulated voyage

Kids and adults will enjoy the simulated voyage through the Inside Passage. The boat rocks as you move the wheel. You have to steer through ice floes. Very cool. Two more... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Seattle, Washington

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Seattle, Washington
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132 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Kids and adults will enjoy the simulated voyage through the Inside Passage. The boat rocks as you move the wheel. You have to steer through ice floes. Very cool. Two more interactive exhibits are on the way. Too bad I missed them. I learned a great deal about the quest to find the route through the Inside Passage and what... More 

Thank elyette
Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've lived in this city for a decade, but had never stepped inside the Maritime Museum - and I really wish I had! I went on Thursday night - they're open until 8pm - with a friend, her daughter (age 3) and my son (age 3). The kids had a great time dressing up like pirates and sailing away on... More 

Thank TanjaRadScott
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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44 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

It is kind of funny that Amundsen's northwest passage exploration is kind of dwarfed and unsuccesful Brits' and Canadian Larsen's reverse trip -33yrs after Amundsen's discovery- magnified! Yet again, very very informative and well designed museum with to-the-point history and practical arctic info for kids (and uneducated adults). St Roch is indeed great.

Thank TraveloGuro
Winnipeg, Canada
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107 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015 via mobile

This is a great museum for little kids. There were many exhibits and interactive activities for kids and a gallery for kids with costumes, a telescope, pull out drawers and an old brass diving mask you can try. The 15 minute video visitors were required to watch prior to the opportunity to board the St. Roch for 20 minutes was... More 

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Madeira Park, Canada
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

There are two parts to this museum: the ship (the Saint Roch) accessible every hour, and the exhibit (Across the Top of the World: the Quest for the Northwest Passage). Expect to want to spend at least 2 hours here if this kind of thing interests you. Across the Top of the World, which just opened in May 2015, is... More 

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Seahouses, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015 via mobile

The RCMP St Roch is a real gem and a great piece of Canadian history which has be preserved and cared for be the museum. A great story of adventure passing through the North West passage in both directions. Well worth a visit.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015 via mobile

This is a wonderful museum, especially the documentary and self guided tour of the st Roch ship which was first to circumnavigate the north American continent. Enjoyed it on a very rainy day!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

Unsung heroes of Canadian Maritime... I like getting into the actual decommissioned boat...you have to attend the preview film before you can board the boat.

Thank Alvin S
Longmont, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

Really enjoyed my visit here. From the beautifully restored St. Roch vessel to the vast collection of maritime artifacts with displays on shipwrecks and pirates among many others, there's something for everyone here. Lots of interactive things for kids. Lovely building right on the water. I went on a free evening and parked for free on the street nearby. Such... More 

Thank Chris C
Marciac, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

Well worth a visit. The home of the beautifully restored RCMPV St Roch vessel - the 2nd to complete the voyage through the NW Passage after Amundsen's original trip. Excellent children's activities/interactive displays too.

Thank Rita281

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One of the favoured neighbourhoods for a day out, Granville Island's packed theatres and art studios, hobby shops and book stores, restaurants and bars, all offer a plethora of activities and entertainment options, leaving no one bored. The highlight of the area is the Fisherman's Wharf, where the seagulls overhead and the smell of the sea invigorate its many visitors, some of who are there to shop the fresh wares at the public market, and others of whom have arrived to take in the eclectic atmosphere. A popular seafood destination, and Vancouver's leading spot for improv and amateur theatre, Granville Island is an indulgent, welcoming entertainment centre in any season or time of day.