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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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Fascinating glimpses of danger on the sea

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... read more

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Pacific Grove, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2016 via mobile

Caught the Aqua bus to it and was not disappointed nor did I expect to be being ex MN. A labour of love and dedication especially the RCMP ship. I recommend this visit to all, well worth the time and to the history of Canada

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016

We generally try to visit the Vancouver Maritime Museum once yearly to view the new exhibits and also the climb aboard the RCMP motor vessel St. Roch (the first motor vessel to sail the North West Passage from west to east). The museum is very active in presenting new exhibits which makes annual visits much more interesting and informative.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

My husband and I have lived in Vancouver for 8 years, but had not yet visited the Vancouver Maritime Museum. We have two kids (under 5) and thought it might be wise to scope out the museum just the two of us to see if it would be suitable for our kids. The Vancouver Maritime Museum has "Late Night Thursdays"... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016

took the aquabus to the museum .was worth it a great insight into some of canada maritme history great displays of ships and when u get of the aquabus there are a lot of old cruisers yachts tied up at wharf a free bonus vancoucer museum close by

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016 via mobile

If the maritime history of the west coast interest you you'll find this place interesting. Small but exhibits carry fascinating stories and details. A good stop point on a walk from Kits Beach to Granville Island. Don't miss the wooden boat collection moored nearby. It's also a stop for the cute False Creek ferries.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016 via mobile

I was very surprised at just how much they pack into this small but very well done museum. I took false creek ferries little bathtub ferry from the aquatic centre to the maritime museums own international ship marina and enjoyed the outdoor interpretive displays before heading inside. The highlight for me was the St Roch RCMP ship (first to cross... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016

We went to the Vancouver Maritime Museum. It was interesting to learn about maritime history in the area. It is in Hadden Park. One pays at the meter for parking that is next to the museum.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

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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