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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 #14 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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Montgomery, Alabama
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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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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Hillsboro, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

If you are into maritime things this is a great place. If not then best skipped. Exhibits are essentially historical expositions and artifacts.

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Bremerton, Washington
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is a fun museum of Victoria's maritime history but this year it had a special exhibit on The Empress of Ireland which is the ship my grandfather came over on and a talk given on diving the Empress which was also very interesting

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Burton on Trent
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

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

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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