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Maritime Museum of British Columbia

28 Bastion Square, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1H9, Canada (Downtown)
250-385-4222
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Ranked #13 of 60 Attractions in Victoria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
Owner description: Located in the heart of downtown Victoria, the Maritime Museum of BC represents a rich and vast link to the province’s legal and nautical roots. Here,... more » Owner description: Located in the heart of downtown Victoria, the Maritime Museum of BC represents a rich and vast link to the province’s legal and nautical roots. Here, among a superb array of artifacts, you will find fascinating displays on Pirates, Heritage Vessels, Shipwrecks and Featured Exhibits. It is also home to three very singular sailboats − Dorothy, Trekka and Tilikum − each with their own incredible story of adventure and enchantment. « less
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Burton on Trent
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

If you enjoy maritime matters, do take time to explore this gem of a museum. Situated in the heart of Victoria, a stone's throw from the historic harbour front, it's packed full of interesting stories and exhibits of all sorts. On several floors, reached by a staircase with walls covered with old pictures or, if you prefer, an old cast-iron... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Note that this at 28 Bastion Square. Some tourists maps have elsewhere. Well worth the price of admission. Volunteer staff were very helpful. We only had 1 hour, but could have used 2 or more. The displays are well thought out, and the museum follows of logical flow. The room on models and instructions and workshops on building boats in... More

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

What an incredible evening, fantastic guides and an experience of a lifetime . . the city is a richer place with the history from the tour . .Thanks . . we'll be back for more.

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New Plymouth, NZ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

An interesting range of local items and stories, well presented and labelled. The building also has Canada's oldest appearing cage lift.

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Victoria, Canada
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This is a local museum for me, and I have enjoyed the collection of maritime heritage items several times in the past years, but I was especially interested to visit the current special exhibition on the Empress of Ireland. This is a story that too few people are aware of, yet its sinking was a disaster every bit as important... More

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skydiver10
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Walking distance from the Inner Harbor. Just keep asking at all the little shops and you will find it, makes it fn as the rest of this area is worth seeing.

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Coquitlam, Bc
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Mainly went to see the swimsuits and because had a 2 for 1 coupon. The swimsuit display was very good but found the layout a bit disjointed. As well there were pictures missing with signs - but no pictures. And some exhibits were on lone and would have appreciated seeing a picture of those items so we would know what... More

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MaritimeMuseumofBC, Public Relations Manager at Maritime Museum of British Columbia, responded to this review

Hi there, Thanks for supporting Maritime Museum's in British Columbia but based on your comments, it seems that you visited the Vancouver Maritime Museum, not the Maritime Museum of BC in Victoria. We hope you will visit here next time you are in Victoria. More

Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

A thorough history of the Tillikum and other well know Canadian vessels. I had fun, but the rest of my party did not. i think this is for those who like the history of Canada and its seafaring ways

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MaritimeMuseumofBC, Public Relations Manager at Maritime Museum of British Columbia, responded to this review

Glad to hear you enjoyed our Museum while you were here visiting. We look forward to welcoming you back should you visit Victoria again. We were sorry to hear the rest of your party did not enjoy the Museum and hope you will connect with us to share how they would find our Museum more enriching. More

Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

This museum is in Bastion Square near the harbour. It is chock full of exhibits on the maritime history of Victoria and BC. Lots of fun activities for children, lots of historical information to read and things to view for the adults. They give different presentations at different times and on different days. I took in the "Smuggling" presentation where... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Soon as we got to town we rushed over for the adult only evening vice tour at the Maritime Museum. We arrive 15 minutes before the tour started and were allowed to check out the museum while we waited. Our tour guide was amazing. She was dressed for the part, enthusiastic and you could tell she was doing something she... More

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MaritimeMuseumofBC, Public Relations Manager at Maritime Museum of British Columbia, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of your visit to the Maritime. We have passed your feedback along to our Victoria Vice Tour guide. We agree that our people here at the Museum are really what sets us apart and we are delighted you had a chance to stop in at the Maritime Museum of BC. We look forward to welcoming... More

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