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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 65 Attractions in Victoria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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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.

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Vancouver, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

My sister being a sailor highly recommended this museum. First section of the museum brought me back up to speed on my history regarding the discovery of the New World which includes B.C.- a subject I sorely needed a refresher on -there being so many years between myself and high school. I would have preferred the displays be numbered through... More

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Riverview, New Brunswick, Canada
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42 reviews 42 reviews
9 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

This was a great museum. Much bigger that I expected and there were excellent items on display. Nice layout. Great display on the sinking Princess of Ireland. Well worth the price of admission.

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Victoria, Canada
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201 reviews 201 reviews
86 attraction reviews
276 helpful votes 276 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

An unusual and unique museum with "maritime" floured exhibits. The building and elevator are interesting as is the old courtroom. Worth a visit to check it out.

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Reno, Nevada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Not a patch on the maritime museum in Halifax but worth the time a price of admission anyway. In an interesting old building which was the first law courts in Victoria, complete with antique lift which the staff kindly took us up to the top floor in. Collection is uneven but mostly interesting and well explained. We spent about 3... More

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Victoria, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

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, Oregon
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35 reviews 35 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

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
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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31 reviews 31 reviews
22 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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43 reviews 43 reviews
11 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
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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