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Vancouver Maritime Museum

Address: 1905 Ogden Ave., Vancouver, British Columbia V6J 1A3, Canada
Phone Number: +1 604-257-8300
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Ranked #53 of 150 Attractions in Vancouver
Type: Specialty Museums, 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...
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Type: Specialty Museums, 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. 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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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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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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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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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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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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Norwich, England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

This is a unusual little museum built around the RCMP ship St Roch, which was the first to voyage through the North-West passage both ways. The ship has been fully restored and really gives an insight into what life must have been like on board back in the 1930s/40s. Pity there was a school trip in before us, they were... More 

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Chorley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Main feature is the RCMP ship and the voyages it undertook but well worth it for the talk / film and walk around there actual ship. Worth paying for the three museum pass as the other two museums are next door, Space and Vancouver museums.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

The R.C.M.Police.St.Roch is the main display exhibit. This ship was the first to circumnavigage the northwest passage (went both west and east through the passage). There was a concrete encasement built first, then an A-frame added to protect the ship from the weather a few years later. There is also an interesting historical exhibit on the bathing/swimming suit. There are... More 

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Whitby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

I visited the museum and spent a couple of hours looking around I would recommend seeing the short video it was very informative, the museum is clean and well put together.

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We planned a few indoor things to do, so on the first rainy day we took a look at the Maritime Museum. There is a car parking charge and we found 90 mins was just about right. Admission fee is more than I would have expected but with discount coupons it worked out ok. Highlight of the visit is of... More 

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