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Vancouver Maritime Museum

1905 Ogden Ave., Vancouver, British Columbia V6J 1A3, Canada
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As featured in Vancouver for young kids
Ranked #69 of 181 attractions in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Specialty Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A small but fascinating museum devoted to presenting the maritime history of Vancouver and the Canadian Arctic. Tour the preserved St. Roch, the first... more » Owner description: A small but fascinating museum devoted to presenting the maritime history of Vancouver and the Canadian Arctic. Tour the preserved St. Roch, the first ship to completely circumnavigate North America. UPDATE:The Vancouver Maritme Museum, upon its opening in June 1959, was hailed as a model design for small community museums.Over the years, the Museum has continued to be Canada's principal maritime museum on the Pacific; and for over 50 years, has been Pacific Canada's premier link to maritime history, art, culture, industry and technology.The City of Vancouver is making important upgrades to the building infrastructure, to ensure the preservation of the Museum and its objects, including: *Replacing of the shelter skylights; *Replacement of the Fire Suppression System on St. Roch; *Replacement of other Museum windows; *Assorted repairs.Work will be continuing into Spring 2013, during that time the public will be restricted form access to the St. Roch. The City of Vancouver and staff and volunteers of the Vancouver Maritime Museum appreciate the support of our neighbours and patrons during the replacements and repairs.The Museum continues to operate as usual, with school programs, events and exhibits.We look forward to reopening the St. Roch shelter in 2013, and invite everyone to stop by for a visit in the meantime to see all the treasures the museum holds. « less
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Bellevue, Washington
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141 reviews 141 reviews
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42 helpful votes 42 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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St Lazare, Quebec
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15 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

Nice display of local maritime and nautical artifacts and historical info. The St Roch exhibit was unfortunately closed (temporarily), but they reduced the entry fee accordingly, but the remaining display was very interesting. The museum is located near Granville Island and makes for a nice waterfront walk between the two attractions.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

ON our recent visit to Vancouver to visit our son and looking for something to fill in time we decided to bus it out to the Vancouver Museum and Maritime Museum to fill in a morning. Unfortunately when we got there the Vancouver Museum was not available due to a film crew being on site. Something which could have been... More

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Whitianga, New Zealand
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

Although a small museum it is a good attraction with a well presented display of exhibits including a real ship used by the RCMP in the Arctic. Good for kids too as they have lots of slide out draws full of interactive stuff. Best way to get there is a ferry ride from Granville island after you have a good... More

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Caloundra, Australia
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21 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013 via mobile

Unfortunately, there were a lot of renovations going on inside and out. This made it difficult not only to find the entrance but reduced the exhibitions. What was there was interesting but average at best.

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Richmond, Canada
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85 reviews 85 reviews
19 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

What a grand opportunity to climb aboard (guided tours available hourly) the RCMP schooner St. Roche which is on permanent display in it's own A-frame structure. The St. Roche took 2 years to navigate the North West Passage back in the early 1940's. The St. Roche was also the first ship to circumnavigate North America in the 1950's. Visitors can... More

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Vancouver, Canada
15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

I visited the museum with my parents, husband, infant, and toddler. We enjoyed ourselves quite a bit. There were many things to capture my sons attention. There are hands on activities, thing to look at, and a steering wheel to maneuver on a pretend ship. It didn't take very long to see everything as we aren't a family that is... More

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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

We purchased admission to this museum as part of a three-museum pass deal. My wife and daughter were not interested at all, but they waited patiently while I strolled through the exhibits. It is a very small museum split between exhibits and a whole ship inside an "A" frame building. Unfortunately, I did not get to see this boat. When... More

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Altrincham, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013 via mobile

Small and little to keep you occupied. Needs some serious cash to bring it up to date. Staff look bored out out their minds. Keep your hard earned cash !

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Toronto, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
20 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

I was biking around and decided to go in and have a look. The admission was donation based; so I just donated 5$. I didn't find anything special about the place. Nothing really that interesting that I would go out of my away and pay the full price (which is 11$) to visit.

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