Housed in the former Victoria courthouse, the Maritime Museum is packed with historical artefacts that tell the story of British Columbia's sea exploration and its explorers from First Nations times, European discovery, up to the modern day. You can easily spend a whole day crawling around a rabbit's warren of fascinating and informative displays (lots of model ships too) that occupy several floors but you'll probably have had enough education by the end of two hours.
The top floor houses the original assizes courtroom with its judge's chair (which you can sit on), two jury boxes (so they can hold a grand jury of 24), the stand where the accused was placed, and a large area of seats for spectators.
The National Geographic Journeys of a Lifetime rates the museum's birdcage elevator (the world's oldest operational - installed in 1899) as the second of the 10 best elevator rides in the world. And you can actually take a ride in it.
And be sure to take in the Bastion Square Farmer's market From Thursday to Sunday throughout the summer just outside the museum's entrance.
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August 30, 2013
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