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“Maritime and nautical types will enjoy this.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Vancouver Maritime Museum

Vancouver Maritime Museum
1905 Ogden Ave., Vancouver, British Columbia V6J 1A3, Canada
604-257-8300
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Ranked #64 of 184 attractions in Vancouver
Type: Specialty Museums
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A small but fascinating museum devoted to presenting the maritime history of Vancouver and the Canadian Arctic. Tour the preserved St. Roch, the first ship to completely circumnavigate North America. UPDATE:The Vancouver Maritme Museum, upon its opening in June 1959, was hailed as a model design for small community museums.Over the years, the Museum has continued to be Canada's principal maritime museum on the Pacific; and for over 50 years, has been Pacific Canada's premier link to maritime history, art, culture, industry and technology.The City of Vancouver is making important upgrades to the building infrastructure, to ensure the preservation of the Museum and its objects, including: *Replacing of the shelter skylights; *Replacement of the Fire Suppression System on St. Roch; *Replacement of other Museum windows; *Assorted repairs.Work will be continuing into Spring 2013, during that time the public will be restricted form access to the St. Roch. The City of Vancouver and staff and volunteers of the Vancouver Maritime Museum appreciate the support of our neighbours and patrons during the replacements and repairs.The Museum continues to operate as usual, with school programs, events and exhibits.We look forward to reopening the St. Roch shelter in 2013, and invite everyone to stop by for a visit in the meantime to see all the treasures the museum holds.
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“Maritime and nautical types will enjoy this.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

Nice display of local maritime and nautical artifacts and historical info. The St Roch exhibit was unfortunately closed (temporarily), but they reduced the entry fee accordingly, but the remaining display was very interesting. The museum is located near Granville Island and makes for a nice waterfront walk between the two attractions.

Visited January 2014
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“Small museum but interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

ON our recent visit to Vancouver to visit our son and looking for something to fill in time we decided to bus it out to the Vancouver Museum and Maritime Museum to fill in a morning. Unfortunately when we got there the Vancouver Museum was not available due to a film crew being on site. Something which could have been easily put on the museums web site but wasn't. Still all was not lost as it was just a short walk to the Maritime Museum. Even though a small museum it held enough interest to keep us occupied for a couple of hours. Of particular was the RCMP St Roch a small ship that has done the Northwest passage both wayus as well as being the first boat to circumnavigate North America.

The small but interesting collection is well presented and there is even a childrens area to capture the attention of younger visitors.

So if you are in the area make an effort to see it although I understand at the current time there are extensive renovations underway and the St Roch is currently inaccessible. Try to time the vist when this is available again.

Visited August 2013
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Whitianga, New Zealand
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“Very informative”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

Although a small museum it is a good attraction with a well presented display of exhibits including a real ship used by the RCMP in the Arctic.
Good for kids too as they have lots of slide out draws full of interactive stuff.
Best way to get there is a ferry ride from Granville island after you have a good walk around.

Visited August 2013
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Caloundra, Australia
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“Disappointing.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013 via mobile

Unfortunately, there were a lot of renovations going on inside and out. This made it difficult not only to find the entrance but reduced the exhibitions. What was there was interesting but average at best.

Visited August 2013
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Richmond, Canada
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“a look back into the North West Passage”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

What a grand opportunity to climb aboard (guided tours available hourly) the RCMP schooner St. Roche which is on permanent display in it's own A-frame structure. The St. Roche took 2 years to navigate the North West Passage back in the early 1940's. The St. Roche was also the first ship to circumnavigate North America in the 1950's. Visitors can easily spend 2 to 3 hours being fascinated by the many other exhibits. Well worth the price of the admission. This is one of the few museums that are kid friendly.

Visited August 2013
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