Roedde House Museum, Vancouver

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Roedde House Museum, in Vancouver's West End, is a uniquely restored late-Victorian home in the Queen Anne revival style. Built in 1893 for the family of Gustav Roedde, the city's first bookbinder, it has been faithfully restored to reflect the day-to-day life of a middle class, immigrant family at the turn of the last century.

Roedde House is owned by the City of Vancouver. Indeed, it was its 1976 designation by the City as a heritage house that was a catalyst for the restoration and development of the entire Barclay Heritage Square. This was a monumental undertaking, involving many dedicated groups and individuals, including the citizens of the residential West End neighbourhood.

The Museum offers a unique experience for visitors: unlike many heritage houses, the rooms are not roped off or behind glass, and some of the artefacts may be handled with care. Each of the eleven rooms has been furnished with artefacts and period items, which were collected over the years, some returned by the Roedde family. Experienced docents will be happy to share their knowledge and stories with you.
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  • While walking back to the hotel we discovered this beautiful house. We decided to visit and we were really happy with the experience. Christine was great and took the time to tell us about the history...  more »
  • This little house museum is a fascinating slice of Vancouver life from the early 1900s. Each room is packed with small artifacts and information in relation to Vancouver's history.  more »
  • A pleasant way to spend a couple of hours looking at this wonderful house and hearing the history of the Roedde family. Very reasonably priced $5 entrance fee and lovely tour guide Marie-Helene.  more »
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  • Spent an extremely enjoyable afternoon at this little hidden gem in Vancouver. Staff were friendly and polite. Special kudos to Anika (sp?) who showed no signs of impatience to our incessant questions and even though we inadvertently stayed past closing time, she was more than happy to discuss what interested us. Have recommended to friends who will be visiting Vanc' in Spring. Well worth the visit. Thanks to all.
  • Roedde House museum is an interesting peek into middle class life in Vancouver 100 years ago. When I visited, the volunteer docent was friendly and knowledgeable. I was most interested in the old pictures of Vancouver, as well as some of the artifacts connected with prominent figures in Vancouver's history. I suspect that these would hold more interest for people familiar with Vancouver than those visiting the city. That said, the price of admission is modest and would be worthwhile to anyone with an interest in history. Heritage Square, adjacent to the house, is charming and open to the public for free.
  • A lovely spot on a rainy afternoon. I stumbled on this after many visits and stays in the West End. A buried treasure of historical life at the turn of the last century.
  • Interesting piece of Victorian-era Vancouver history. Great place for tea after a public reading on Victorians and crime.
  • Had a volunteer guide. Going to hear music next time. Nice place. Nothing is authentic to the Roedde family however the house is filled with period pieces. This house is not wheelchair accessible. I do not recommend bringing small children or people with mobility issues. Understandably the passages are narrow, the steps are steep and everything is untouchable. There may have been a staff washroom but there definitely is not a gift shop or cafe. They are looking for volunteers.
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