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Maritime Museum of British Columbia

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Address: 28 Bastion Square, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1H9, Canada
Phone Number: +1 250-385-4222
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Description: We are temporarily closed as we move to our new location. We look forward...
We are temporarily closed as we move to our new location. We look forward to welcoming you in 2015. Thanks for your support!
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Small but interesting

The Maritime museum is easy to access and although smallish is interesting. Close to the center of Victoria it is well place for other attractions, mostly good bars and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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Forres, United Kingdom

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Victoria, Canada
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50 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

This Bastion Square building was BC's first provincial court house and Victoria's first all-concrete building. Stands on the site of an old red-brick police barracks and jail that was demolished in the 1890s. People sentenced to death were hanged in the jail yard at the back!

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Forres, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

The Maritime museum is easy to access and although smallish is interesting. Close to the center of Victoria it is well place for other attractions, mostly good bars and restaurants and a shopping mall within a hundred meters.

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MaritimeMuseumofBC, Communications Assistant at Maritime Museum of British Columbia, responded to this review

Thanks for your review, Dave! We're glad that you enjoyed your time at the Museum, and we look forward to welcoming you to our new exhibit space when you are next in Victoria! More 

Dallas, TX
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162 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

fun afternoon learning about the Maritime history of Vancouver..interesting to learn about the boats and the early years in Vancouver, on the water..

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MaritimeMuseumofBC, Communications Assistant at Maritime Museum of British Columbia, responded to this review

Thanks very much for your review! Unfortunately, the MMBC in Victoria has been closed since October 2014. Is it possible you visited our friends at the Vancouver Maritime Museum? More 

New York City
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150 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

I took my grand kids to this museum to have them learn about marine world. Contrary to my thinking that they may get bored soon, I had to finally drag them out due to my time constraint. Everyone was impressed to see how the shipping world has progressed. I was very impressed by the extremely helpful management and staff. Fee... More 

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MaritimeMuseumofBC, Communications Assistant at Maritime Museum of British Columbia, responded to this review

We're very pleased that you and your grandchildren enjoyed your time visiting the MMBC! We look forward to welcoming you to our new exhibit space in Downtown Victoria, set to open in August. More 

Vancouver, Canada
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49 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

The offerings at the museum give people a flavor and a history of our wonderful land. We love going and go often even when we are short of time. Great finds to tuck away as gifts; thrilling displays, gracious knowledgeable people at the ready to guide you, We are very proud of this museum.

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MaritimeMuseumofBC, Communications Assistant at Maritime Museum of British Columbia, responded to this review

Thanks for your kind words, Susan! We look forward to welcoming you to our new location when you are next in Victoria! More 

Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 355 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Unfortunately we could not gain entry while we were there but the building was an architectural delight. I understand that the building was one of the first in Victoria and was used for the police barracks and jail. Still disappointing we could not see the maritime museum.

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MaritimeMuseumofBC, Communications Assistant at Maritime Museum of British Columbia, responded to this review

Thanks for your review, Bruse! We're sorry that you were unable to visit the Museum. We look forward to potentially welcoming you to our new location in the future! More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Very impressive the guides in the museum are well prepaired and are very proud of what they do. For visitors with little knowlede about the maritme lifeforms they explain very well. And you can even touch some of the sea habitants in special aquarium. That was a new experience for me!

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MaritimeMuseumofBC, Communications Assistant at Maritime Museum of British Columbia, responded to this review

Hi Phil, we're glad you've enjoyed your time here in Victoria! Is it possible that you visited the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre in Sidney? Unfortunately, we here in bastion Square are closed at the moment. More 

Halifax, Canada
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51 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Many aspects within an old historical building and located on a pedestrian only street where local artists and authors sell their art. The museum has many interest for both parents and children under 10. A small shop with souvenirs there also. Have to seek staff if you have any questions. The old architecture of the building inside is beautiful. Check... More 

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MaritimeMuseumofBC, Communications Assistant at Maritime Museum of British Columbia, responded to this review

Hi there, we're glad the Museum made a positive impression on you, and thanks for your review! We're in the process of moving from our current space, but we really do appreciate the immense historical value and beauty of the building itself. It'll definitely be missed! More 

Victoria, Canada
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100 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

The Maritime Museum of Victoria is on the move. It is looking for a new location, but once it is found it should be well worth visiting. The government needs a prod. Victoria is such an interesting city and museums are an attraction, especially maritime museums that tell such an important part of Canadian History.

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MaritimeMuseumofBC, Communications Assistant at Maritime Museum of British Columbia, responded to this review

Hi Ben, thanks for your words of support! We're working closely with our membership and partners to determine the best place and plan for the Museum in the future. In the meantime, stay up to date with what's happening in the broader Museum community, with some behind-the-scenes highlights, on our website, Facebook page, and Twitter feed. More 

Montreal, Canada
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8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

When I visited the museum, I was informed that they were in a transition since they were changing locations. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the details and the history of maritime museum. I look forward to visiting the new location.

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