Vancouver Police Museum & Archives

Vancouver Police Museum & Archives

Vancouver Police Museum & Archives
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Thursday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
The former Coroner's Court, City Morgue, and Forensic Analyst Lab c. 1932 and city heritage building. The Vancouver Police Museum & Archives is an independent non-profit organization exploring the gritter history of Vancouver and specializing in the history of forensic sciences and policing. We run walking tours through the Summer and host Movies in the Morgue during the winter. Check out our website and social media pages for more information.
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Katwak
Widnes, UK136 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Couples
Was really interested in visiting here after reading about it in the guidebook but was disappointed in my visit. However definitely plenty of room for improvement!
Firstly - location - if you are going DO NOT make the mistake we did of walking a block up East Hastings Street - this is the street of homeless - literally 4/5 people deep all the way along on both sides of the street. People taking drugs in the street in broad daylight. Pretty scary experience even for a seasoned traveller. So plan your route carefully.
Secondly some of the museum is really interesting - case studies and autopsy room. However it feels pretty dated in its display. Lots of spelling mistakes in the displays. Personally felt it was expensive for the amount of time we spent there - 30 mins or so - and we read pretty much everything on display. A real shame as there is so much of interest - just needs displaying better and more carefully!
Written September 27, 2019
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TeamWard
Nottingham, UK5,681 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
Vancouver Police museum is based just in the walking dead area of Vancouver, you even pass a drop in centre to fetch to it from gastown, but don't let that stop you. The museum is jammed full of items to show how the VPD has changed over the last 125 years, fascinating true life stories, gory items in the autopsy, including a story about Errol Flynn (ask anyone over the age of 55)
Written June 23, 2022
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Michael S
Vancouver, Canada29 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2013 • Couples
Interesting exhibits and well worth a visit on a rainy day. There are frequently 2 for 1 deals on Groupon so check there before going, otherwise it's $12 per adult for admission. It's pretty small but there's plenty to see and they have some fun activities for the kids. Some of it isn't for the faint hearted; there's the old morgue and autopsy room on full display with bottles of body parts hanging on the walls!
Written February 9, 2013
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Roam17307
Calgary Alberta1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I recently visited the Museum with my son. The displays were interesting. I spoke with the person in charge (Marie I think). She just started there and her plans for the Museum are fantastic and will make it a "must-see" when you viist Vancouver. I'll be anxious to see it again in six months.

Bob
Written August 14, 2003
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dkmgnome
Chicago, IL27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This museum is one of the hidden treasures of Vancouver. Its not a typical tourist spot- no crowds which is great for a quiet time to review and gain an appreciation for Vancouver's police force. Its a great place for kids and teenagers to learn about who is protecting them and there love ones. I highly reccomned this museum.
Written January 13, 2020
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Anna_Maria39_11
Winnipeg, Canada566 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
The police museum is located in the old city morgue and the autopsy room was a visit highlight looking like a scene from many episodes of Law and Order complete with the cold storage body lockers, stainless steel examination table and sinks as well as many specimens of causes of death. The confiscated weapons were really interesting (some like the nailbat were disturbing) but I would have loved some context. There were opportunities to interact with your detective skills as well as pose in old police uniforms which would be fun. The museum felt like a great starting point with the potential to really develop into something special. The area the museum is found has many challenges so be careful with your vehicle (remove valuables, lock doors etc) but don’t let that stop you from visiting.
Written January 6, 2020
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BHJR1
Vancouver, Canada35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
An interesting, very well run specialty museum, in the perfect, historically relevant space. Interesting collection, great events, friendly and efficient staff. Recommended for visitors (don't be afraid to walk here) and locals. I return regularly.
Written October 26, 2019
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HMcK877
Maldon, UK27 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Family
Area isn’t great....we first tried visiting on a Sunday, but it was closed. Made the mistake of taking a different route back to the main shopping area (i.e. not through Gastown), but this took us through streets packed with unfortunate homeless people and drug users (injecting in full view). That felt quite uncomfortable.
We went back later...the museum itself is fairly small, but very interesting. Nice reading the tributes to fallen officers, but the information boards are riddled with spelling mistakes and grammatical errors (some covered over with tape, but 99% undetected or uncorrected). There were also whole sentences repeated on the boards. This turned into a ‘spot the spelling mistake’ between my daughter and I, but there were so many we soon lost interest. The mistakes were all the way through the museum, but I felt they were less acceptable in the officer tributes.
This didn’t spoil the visit. Still an interesting insight into the history of the VPD.
Written June 27, 2019
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WI_USA_JonB
Menomonie, WI143 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
I found the museum displays to be interesting. Unfortunately it was very warm in there and fairly crowded so it was uncomfortable. They do a nice job making it somewhat interactive. I think it would have been a better visit if we got there earlier when it might have been cooler inside.
Written July 12, 2018
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Peter In Lewes
Lewes, UK465 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Solo
I had a free afternoon and was looking for something to do and found this on Trip Advisor and most reviews were positive so I thought why not!

A short walk from Gastown through a not particularly nice neighbourhood as mentioned in other reviews. I didn't feel threatened at all, but I can understand some people being concerned with the various homeless people. I avoided using East Hastings Street and certainly didn't see any drug dealing or taking. Just be 'Street Smart' and you should be absolutely fine.

Entrance not well signposted and I just took a chance with an anonymous looking door and went up the stairs where the admission desk was and paid to enter.

Exhibition is spread through various rooms with a number of crime exhibits in glass cases including confiscated weapons and firearms. The unique part of museum, for me, was the autopsy room with the tables and displays of various tools used and preserved specimens that had been removed from bodies undergoing autopsy.

Well worth a visit for something different.
Written June 5, 2018
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