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Vancouver Maritime Museum

1905 Ogden Ave., Vancouver, British Columbia V6J 1A3, Canada
+1 604-257-8300
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Ranked #66 of 184 Attractions in Vancouver
Type: Specialty 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.... more » 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. « less
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223 reviews 223 reviews
150 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

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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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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Winnipeg, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Though a bit old, the museum continues to fascinate those with an interest in the arctic. The St. Roch, though admittedly small, is the first ship ever to circumnavigate North America and the first ship to go both ways through the North West Passage. The adjunct museum with its displays of model ships and such was also quite enjoyable.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

I am very interested in maritime history and so a visit to the Vancouver Maritime Museum was on my list. The main attraction is the RCMP vessel "St. Roche" that was used to work along the Arctic coast of Canada and is famous for being the first ship to transit the North West Passage in both directions. It is very... More

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Lynden, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We visited this museum several years ago and loved it so came back with frends. It has a pricy admission plus parking is not free in the lot by the museum. There is a short video prior to going aboard the St. Roch then you may visit the main deck and climb ladders to the wheelhouse. The past visit included... More

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Seattle
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Don't miss the History of the Swimsuit exhibit, on through November 2014. Museum features an extensive collection of ship models, and you can climb up on the bridge and view the crews quarters of the historic RCMP St. Roch Arctic exploration ship. A must-see in Vancouver. Take a walk outside down to view the wooden boats in Heritage Harbor (when... More

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Puurs, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

The museum could indeed do with an update, but I suppose that's a matter of funds, as with any museum. Still, we very much enjoyed the displays, the ship and learnt a lot about the attempts to conquer the northwest passage and the lifestyle of the Inuit.

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British Columbia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

It had been years since I was last at the museum, and it didn't feel like much had changed. For a port city the size of Vancouver, it's a shame the museum can't stack up to places like the aquarium and the Science Centre. It just has that "old" feel and things hadn't been kept up to date. The St.... More

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Richmond, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We saw a number of tools and implements, and I love looking at machines. Getting to tour and look around the St Roch and understand a little of the life of Arctic explorers was great. Friendly staff, sadly our visit was cut short - we'd love to get a chance to explore more of the rest of the museum.

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