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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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A Wonderful, but Small, Maritime Museum

This is a fairly small but very interesting maritime museum. It focuses on local maritime history, particularly the RCMP St Roch, the first boat to go through the North West... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Canberra, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

One often forgets the importance of naval discovery and trade routes in Canadian history; the Vancouver Maritime Museum does a great job with this. Its "flagship" exhibit, the RCMP St. Roch highlights this, with different stories of the Northwest Passage journeys interwoven into the exhibit. As mentioned in previous reviews, the hourly documentary screening and on-board ship visit is highly... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a fairly small but very interesting maritime museum. It focuses on local maritime history, particularly the RCMP St Roch, the first boat to go through the North West Passage from west to east. They open this boat up hourly so you can walk around it, and it is a fascinating little boat and well worth visiting. They provide... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I really enjoyed my trip to the Maritime Museum. It's small & some parts are slightly outdated, but I would certainly return. If you're not into reading text panels, then you're going to miss out. While the supporting artifacts are good, the storytelling on said text panels is excellent. You can board the St Roch- the first ship to complete... More 

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Fair Oaks, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I’m giving this a 4 star rating, but please don’t get your hopes up too high. This is a small museum and a decent place to go for 1-2 hours on a rainy day, close to but much less crowded than the Granville Market. The highlight is the St Roch, a 104 foot artic exploration vessel, housed within the museum.... More 

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Dexter, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Full of all kinds of really nice artifacts. A lot of history of Vancouver and the surrounding area. Not really hyped in all the tourist brochures, but diffently worth the time. Beatiful view of part of the harbor. A lot of interactive exhibits for kids. I think a must for all ages.

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Mississauga, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This was a nice museum -- we spent a couple of hours here. Paid parking was close by (parking was relatively cheap). Museum was much nicer than we expected -- exhibits were informative, especially about the exploration of the North West Passage.

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Lerwick, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016

The core of this museum is the St-Roch, a vessel that was the first to sail the North-West Passage both ways. You can go aboard and explore it, and great fun that is. there's also an informative and not too lengthy video to watch. the Arctic theme continues in the rest of the museum and seeing a medicine chest from... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

The museum is very small but worth a visit. Great to see on a rainy day. It has lots of interesting nautical items to see and read about.

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North Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

Great place for all ages, you can climb aboard the boat and see how the conditions were, great gallery full of history

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Palm Springs, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

Truly enjoyed our visit to this museum. It's not large and touring there can be done in a couple of hours. Lots of interesting nautical displays. I most enjoyed the tour of the St. Roch and learning of its history and role in the search for the northwest passage.

Thank Al W

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One of the favoured neighbourhoods for a day out, Granville Island's packed theatres and art studios, hobby shops and book stores, restaurants and bars, all offer a plethora of activities and entertainment options, leaving no one bored. The highlight of the area is the Fisherman's Wharf, where the seagulls overhead and the smell of the sea invigorate its many visitors, some of who are there to shop the fresh wares at the public market, and others of whom have arrived to take in the eclectic atmosphere. A popular seafood destination, and Vancouver's leading spot for improv and amateur theatre, Granville Island is an indulgent, welcoming entertainment centre in any season or time of day.