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The Maritime Museum of British Columbia

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Small Museum But Worth While

It has many passenger ship models and artifacts. There are small films to watch but I especially... read more

Reviewed December 28, 2018
e10750law
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Toronto, Canada
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Great collection of older maritime equipment

This Maritime Museum collected hundred of artifacts from the 18's century. It has older maps... read more

Reviewed November 27, 2018
U5860CPgeorgeh
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Victoria, Canada
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The Maritime Museum of BC engages people with the maritime culture and history of the Pacific Northwest through rotating exhibits, educational and community-based programs, research services, and more. Check out our featured winter exhibit, "The...more
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Reviewed December 28, 2018 via mobile

It has many passenger ship models and artifacts. There are small films to watch but I especially enjoyed “The Sinking of The SS Princess Sophia” about the Canadian Pacific Steamship’s passenger ship that sank off the BC Coast after 3 days that runs 57 minutes...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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MaritimeMuseumofBC, Manager at The Maritime Museum of British Columbia, responded to this reviewResponded December 29, 2018

Hi e10750law, Thanks for visiting the Maritime Museum of BC! We couldn't agree more - the story of the SS Princess Sophia is compelling, as the largest marine disaster along our coast. "Around Cape Horn" is also a fascinating look at how people traveled to...More

Reviewed November 27, 2018

This Maritime Museum collected hundred of artifacts from the 18's century. It has older maps, ships plan, and charts. It has a fleet of three boats, each with unique and important historical information pertaining to the Province of British Columbia.More

Date of experience: August 2018
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MaritimeMuseumofBC, Manager at The Maritime Museum of British Columbia, responded to this reviewResponded November 29, 2018

Hi U5860CPgeorgeh, Thank you for leaving a review of the Maritime Museum of BC! We rotate our exhibits 2 or 3 times a year to feature our collection, as you mentioned, and it's also available year-round by appointment for public research projects. Hope you have...More

Reviewed November 6, 2018

What a wonderful little museum to learn of the Maritime history of British Columbia! Who knew the Japanese had attacked Victoria steamships? If you want to learn of some of the involvement of Victoria citizens in the second and first World Wars, stop in to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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MaritimeMuseumofBC, Manager at The Maritime Museum of British Columbia, responded to this reviewResponded November 7, 2018

Hi Kim T, Thank you for visiting the Maritime Museum of BC! We're so happy you enjoyed our Home Port Heroes exhibit, featuring stories of our unsung heroes along the coast. We have a brand new exhibit coming Winter 2019 - we hope you can...More

Reviewed November 2, 2018

This is a small museum but it contains loads of information of maritime history about Victoria. The museum has neat little stations to watch videos and exhibits focusing on local history. It is a great way to spend and hour or two.More

Date of experience: September 2018
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MaritimeMuseumofBC, Manager at The Maritime Museum of British Columbia, responded to this reviewResponded November 3, 2018

Hi GenePP, Thank you for visiting the Maritime Museum of BC! We are so happy you enjoyed your experience at the museum, learning about our maritime heritage and culture. There are so many wonderful stories and fascinating people who have connected us to the sea,...More

Reviewed October 12, 2018

A temporary and smallish location didn't detract from rather fine exhibits and exemplary films for those with the time. Especially appreciated were the well-written and narrated parts that took you on a journey and transported you back in time where things were much different. Visit...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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MaritimeMuseumofBC, Manager at The Maritime Museum of British Columbia, responded to this reviewResponded October 13, 2018

Hi Murray C, Thank you so much for visiting the Maritime Museum of BC! We are so happy you enjoyed the exhibits and the documentaries inside our media room. The stories of our west coast are incredible and these histories help tell us where we've...More

Reviewed September 20, 2018

This is not a riveting museum but we stumbled on it during our walk around Victoria. It is easy to miss. The staff are very friendly and there are exhibits of anchors, models of turn of the century boats and a display featuring whales. However...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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MaritimeMuseumofBC, Manager at The Maritime Museum of British Columbia, responded to this reviewResponded September 21, 2018

Hi Bluebellplasnewydd, I'll be sure to pass along your kind praise to our staff and volunteers. I will also pass along your comments to our curator, as we make it our mission to make BC's maritime heritage and culture accessible to every visitor. I hope...More

Reviewed September 9, 2018 via mobile

Yes it's small and you could probably do this in 40 minutes. But we became absorbed in a couple of videos telling various unfortunate stories of maritime woe (maybe not the best prep for a 4 hour whale watching cruise in miserable weather). The video...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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MaritimeMuseumofBC, Manager at The Maritime Museum of British Columbia, responded to this reviewResponded September 11, 2018

Hi CHD6265, Thank you so much for visiting the Maritime Museum of BC! We're thrilled you were captivated by the stories inside our space - they are incredible reminders of why we are known as the "Graveyard of the Pacific". We hope you have the...More

Reviewed August 30, 2018

This is a small museum with a very limited amount of information. My husband and I did not think it was worth the $10 price. We've been to much better maritime museums, notably the (free) museum at Belle Isle in Detroit. It's also a small...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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MaritimeMuseumofBC, Manager at The Maritime Museum of British Columbia, responded to this reviewResponded September 7, 2018

Hi Kerry and Tim, Thank you for taking the time to provide us with feedback! Although we are a small non-profit museum, we feel that crowding our exhibits with too much information could potentially be overwhelming. Instead, much of our story-telling is through videos and...More

Reviewed August 26, 2018

The museum was smaller than any of the three of us expected, one long room and a side room or two. One showed a video of a great film made by a sea captain who sailed around Cape Horn in a 4-masted barque and recorded...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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MaritimeMuseumofBC, Manager at The Maritime Museum of British Columbia, responded to this reviewResponded August 28, 2018

Hi P S, Thank you for visiting! We're glad you had the opportunity to explore our small museum and the interactive components featured inside. The video, Around Cape Horn, is indeed a fascinating look at the journey across the Atlantic and around South America to...More

Reviewed August 24, 2018

This is a small museum which covers a large area! The history of local whaling is covered, ship building is dealt with. This was a highlight of the Victoria Experience.More

Date of experience: August 2018
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MaritimeMuseumofBC, Manager at The Maritime Museum of British Columbia, responded to this reviewResponded August 28, 2018

Hi Antbrearton, Thank you for visiting the Maritime Museum of BC! We're so glad you had an enjoyable experience - I'll be sure to pass along your kind words to our staff and volunteers. Best, Rachel Meyer Front of House Manager Maritime Museum of British...More

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