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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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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

The Maritime Museum of BC is a unique and amazing museum encompassing BC's marine and naval history. Presently located in what was formerly the original BC Supreme Court Building, it also has one of the last three functional bird cage elevators in North America and the original Supreme Courthouse room. This is a museum worth visiting not only for the... More

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Eugene
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

Great maritime exhibits. You can tour the whole museum without wearing yourself out. We enjoyed a guided talk about shipwrecks. Fascinating glimpse into regional maritime history.

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The Woodlands, Texas
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Need to take your time perusing this museum to get the full educational value as there is a lot to absorb. Of particular interest was the history of the Empress of Ireland ship disaster which was nearly as devastating as the Titanic, but received little world attention. There is a room full of model ships that was also fascinating. Plan... More

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Burnaby, BC, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

This tour is well done. The guide is a born story-teller and kept us all rapt in her stories surrounding Victoria in the 19th century. The stories given in the tour has all the desirable elements of intrigue, passion, unrequited love, murder, hanging, and history. Highly recommended, especially for those expecting to be surprised. Kudos to the Maritime Museum for... More

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Montgomery, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

This was a very interesting museum with a variety of artifacts. It also houses the oldest elevator in BC and a ride in it is included with your ticket price. Very well laid out. Takes about a hour to see it all.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

My wife and I went into the museum because of a sign that mentioned they had a display on the Empress of Ireland. The detailed models of ships from history was almost overwhelming. The minute details that were put into the ships and the way they are displayed helped make the day in Victoria over the top. My wife, who... More

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Victoria, Canada
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

If you served in the navy during any of the world conflicts, you will enjoy this museum. I took my dad there, an under aged Korean war veteran, and he thought is was great.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Apart from its intrinsic interest my wife and I found the Museum (which we visited on 29 August) very evocative, as my wife's mother emigrated from Vancouver to the UK in the Empress of India. Our only regret in a well laid out museum was that there were no postcards on sale of this wonderful class of liners.

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Vancouver, Washington
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Small place, but glad we stopped. The walking tour from the museum and a few close by places was pretty comprehensive and gave you a flavor of the area as it was settled.

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Olympia, WA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Very interesting artifacts- learned a lot about the maritime history of Victoria- Especially enjoyed all the exhibits on the "Empress of Ireland". A very compelling story.

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