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Vancouver Maritime Museum

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Granville Island & Fairview
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Address: 1905 Ogden Ave, Vancouver, British Columbia V6J 1A3, Canada
Phone Number: +1 604-257-8300
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

For over fifty years, the Vancouver Maritime Museum has celebrated the...

For over fifty years, the Vancouver Maritime Museum has celebrated the profound significance of the ocean and waterways of the Pacific and Arctic. Located in on the waterfront in stunning Vanier Park, the Maritime Museum's featured attraction is the St. Roch, a National Historic Site and RCMP vessel that was the first vessel to circumnavigate North America and the only link between distant communities in the Canadian Arctic in the early 20th century. The museum also has extensive galleries of model ships, including a particularly fine bone model of the French warship Vengeur du Peuple which was built around 1800 by French prisoners of war, a Children's Maritime Discovery Centre, a recreation of the fo'c'sle (forecastle) of Vancouver's ship Discovery, an extensive collection of maritime art, the boiler of the Beaver which was the first steamship in the Pacific Northwest, and many more wonders and treasures.

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Everyone who likes boats and seafaring will enjoy their time at this maritime museum. The curator takes the exhibits seriously and has a keen understanding.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Toronto, Ontario
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Exploring the St Roch is really funny and exciting, while the other parts of the museum are a bit boring if you're not passionate about maritime explorations. Though colorful and well presented, I found the exhibitions a bit chaotic.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I guess you are either a museum person or not. I never miss a Maritime Museum as it provides a window into the history of the city I'm visiting. It was a cold wet day, ideal for exploring the excellent displays and informative exhibits chronicling British Columbia's seafaring past. Pride of place is the' St. Roch' a wooden schooner that... More 

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Salmon Arm, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been here maybe 3 times in my life, and each time I've learned more than I could have imagined possible. The most outstanding display is an actual ship that traversed the Canadian Arctic Ocean route many, many times. You can hear a guide explain its journeys and then go on the ship to see it for yourself. Other displays... More 

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Toronto, Ontario
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Everyone who likes boats and seafaring will enjoy their time at this maritime museum. The curator takes the exhibits seriously and has a keen understanding.

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Helsinki, Finland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very much similar to many other maritime museums around the world: pleasurable and interesting. A bit thin in artefacts, but great kids area. Can recommend for toddlers and young children! Very nice location.

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Perth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum is well worth a visit. It has the bonus that it does not take all day to see round it and, as it is mainly based on the life and history of just one vessel, the St Roch it should not bore kids either. Also some interesting pictures and archive photos in a adjoining wing. Well worth a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a neat museum! How often do you get the chance to clamber all over a wooden-hulled ship that plied the Northwest Passage? It was fascinating to see all the preserved details of shipboard life, from old woolen uniforms to a wooden sled to canned goods in the ship's galley.

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New Westminster, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Seeing the RCMP St. Roch is really interesting. It is fun to be able to go "on board" and see how they lived while sailing the NorthWest Passage. Also seeing a lot of history of our coastline and First Nations history really gives us a good idea of how they lived in those harsh conditions.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

I loved this place. It's not huge, and it's not crowded, but there is a lot of history to be learned here. There is an old wooden ship (all of it) inside this building; and you can walk all around and through it. You can learn about the dangers of maritime life, and soak up the feeling for the culture... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2016

We really enjoyed the interesting review of the search for the Northwest Passage and especially the opportunity to visit the St. Roch, the only ship to travel the Passage in both directions AND circumnavigate N. America. The ship was retired, put in dry dock, and the museum built around it -- pretty amazing. The video about the ship's voyages. captain... More 

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