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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 59 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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Friday Harbor, Washington
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66 reviews 66 reviews
16 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

This museum is a little away from the crowded waterfront, making it easier to get to and less crowded to tour. The ladies at the front desk were an absolute joy to speak with -- very friendly. The exhibits themselves were interesting with a great narrative of the seagoing history of British Columbia, with emphasis on the areas around Vancouver... More

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Gabriola Island, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Staff were very friendly. This is a small museum but very interesting to anyone interested in the maritime history of the area.

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Victoria, Canada
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45 reviews 45 reviews
25 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

This small museum has many attractions to see. First is its working birdcage elevator that is rated as one of the top elevator experiences in North America. When I arrived at the Museum there was a half hour free discussion about smuggling in BC waters. The young lady who gave the presentation had a degree in History from University of... More

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Cold Lake, Canada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

A good way to learn more about Victoria's sea faring history and the display on the Empress of Ireland is really well done. I was also quite awed by the display of the Tillicum ( an ocean going dug out canoe that traversed most of the planet) and her history. If you're into boats and noodling about on the sea... More

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Victoria, Canada
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29 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We spent a pleasant couple of hours looking at the displays. I would suggest taking the historic bird cage elevator to the top floor to see the old court room first. We enjoyed seeing the museum and the special display for the "Empress of Ireland". Would I take most of my visitors to the museum, probably not, but for anyone... More

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Kamloops, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We were just walking along the streets and decided to take a short cut and when we looked over there was a museum. Since we had nothing better to do we went into the museum and it was wonderful! It was a little small but what was inside made up for it. Also at the end of your visit make... More

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Victoria Capital Regional District, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

I purchased a family membership a few months back and am glad I did. My kids (6 and 8) enjoy the interactive displays and many models. There seems to be a bit more freedom here than at other museums which suits the children's tactile nature.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Perhaps a bit expensive for a small museum, this one is still enjoyable and worth a visit even if you're not a nautical full or boat fancier. The Empress of Ireland exhibition is well-organized and full of fascinating detail. The model ships are also interesting, We thought the gift-shop prices were extraordinarily high, but we enjoyed our visit. Great stop... More

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Prince George, Canada
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74 reviews 74 reviews
12 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Really enjoyed the Empress of Ireland display and the theme around sunken ships. The model ships made by prisoners of war were also really interesting, although the tale is a bit disturbing. I wasn't as interested in the Japanese schoolbag project. Agree with a previous reviewer that more could be done with the 3rd floor - There's an excellent display... More

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Victoria, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

This was a very interesting museum with displays set out in a chronological order on the main floor and specialized items on the second floor (i.e. Empress of Ireland display). On the third floor one could experience what the provincial courthouse looked like. Improvements which could have enhanced the experience: 1) some type of display or presentation on the 3rd... More

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