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“Home to St. Rock”

Vancouver Maritime Museum
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Ranked #49 of 347 things to do in Vancouver
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Ucluelet, Canada
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“Home to St. Rock”
Reviewed January 22, 2013

This is Vancouvers Maritime musium. This is a good museum, but a slight step down fron the one in Victoria BC. They have the old RCMP patrol boat St.Rock here. At one time you could take a tour inside the ship itself. But due to its age, they have had to stop. Many fine models and intractive displays. Outside the musiam in False creek they have the S.S. Master. She is one of very few operating Steam Tug Boats left. Lots to do and see. A good place to go on a rainy day.

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Jen H, Public Relations Manager at Vancouver Maritime Museum, responded to this review, January 24, 2013
Hi Norman,
I am so glad you enjoyed your time at the Vancouver Maritime Museum, and thank you for you kind review. Our model ship collection is definitely a point of pride for us, and I am pleased you liked it. The RCMP vessel St. Roch is indeed the darling of our collection and we are working hard to make her home a safe place. Currently, the City of Vancouver is working on the building to upgrade our fire suppression systems as well as replace the original windows and skylights.

The St. Roch shelter has been closed to facilitate these upgrades, but fear not! The St. Roch will definitely be open to the public again soon! The closure is only temporary.

I hope you will return later in the summer to come aboard and explore the ship and revisit the museum.

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North Narrabeen, Australia
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250 reviews
110 attraction reviews
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“Under Renovation”
Reviewed January 3, 2013

The large display building was under renovation. The museum was disappointing.
When the renovations are completed make a visit.

Visited January 2013
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Fircrest, Washington
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“Good history”
Reviewed November 18, 2012

The Maritime Museum was a nice stop on a rainy day. Mainly photographs with some posted narratives and some artifacts. About an hour and you are ready to head out.

Visited November 2012
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Smithers, B.C.
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“BC focussed maritime museum”
Reviewed October 28, 2012

Interesting presentations on maritime topics like tugboats, fireboats, passenger ships and warships used off the BC coast. Interesting display of ships models made by prisoners of war.

Visited October 2012
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Elgin, Texas
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“Use the Vancouver Attraction Passport for 50% Off Admission”
Reviewed October 24, 2012

If you are into maritime history this is your place to visit; for half-price admission it was acceptable. If you're visiting the nearby McMillan Space Centre and/or Museum of Vancouver it's a refreshing change.

Visited October 2012
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