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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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Jacksonville, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

It is a typical Mariner's Museum, but the St. Roch is worth the trip. This ship circumnavigated Canada and when it was retired they sailed it to this spot and built the museum around it.

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Vancouver, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

I was unsure what I would find interesting in a Maritime Museum but the moment I saw the RCMP St. Roch on display, I was pretty much smitten. I could smell the ocean as I stood under Her hull. Ofcourse, the St. Roch is the start attraction here but if you happen to time your visit from from now until... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
18 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

right on the waterfront of Vanier Park, this museum had some interesting displays. It would be more fun with and for kids, as the interactivities are all geared for kids.

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10 degrees east of the true meriden
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

This is a small museum but the star attraction is the RCMP St. Roch, the first ship to sail around North America and go through the Northwest Passage left to right (I may have misheard that, if I have apologies). Seeing the ship up close, and hearing some of the stories around it was fantastic. The rest of the museum... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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219 helpful votes 219 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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37 helpful votes 37 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 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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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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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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