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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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  • Visited today, you don't have to be that much into history, but this place will simply get you. You can smell the history there. The price is compared to what you'll see very modest. I was alone for t...  more »
  • 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 pict...  more »
  • Roedde House (1893) transports you in time to the life of an immigrant family in early Vancouver (incorporated in 1886 with a population of 1,000). Located in the West End, the first prestigious resid...  more »
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  • 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.
  • We stumbled across this lovely little museum while exploring the residential area nearby the Westin Bayshore. The house was built in the 1920s. It is so nice to see this architecturally beautiful home restored and maintained as a museum. While the furnishings are not original to the home, they are appropriate to the Era.
  • My husband and I came to the concert all the way from Port Moody to see Colin MacDonald and Stefan Hintersteininger. We were looking forward to it, and our friend Vern Daalnik made us reservations to make sure we get in. He personally knows Colin and told me a lot of good things about him. We brought our twin boys as the poster clearly stated " Children welcome". We were nicely greeted by the lady at the door. We got seated and held the children on our laps. The concert started. One of our boys was quiet, the other was very interested in everything and kept pointing at things and asking "what's this?" from time to time. My husband went in the other room with him because the concert has already started and everyone was quiet. After a couple minutes I went with our other son to check on them. That's one a staff member came up to us and said that we need to leave because this concert is not for children, it's very conservative and people came all the way from Richmond (oh my god) to see this. I said that the poster said children were welcome. He said that not children of this age. I said the age was not specified. He kept insisting that bringing kids was inappropriate. I got annoyed, got up and headed toward the door. My husband gathered our belongings. On the way out I asked for our money back. The senior staff member rudely told me to never come back. I told him not to worry because I won't. I went outside and broke in tears. My husband had to go back for a forgotten item and on the way back a big argument happened, with the same person. We left. Never in my life have we been treated so disrespectfully at an event. I'd like to mention that we have brought our children to different events and have always been mindful of other people and taken them out of the room if they happen to get upset or bored. I have been playing principal cello for New Westminster Symphony Orchestra for the last 1.5 years and my kids have attended most concerts. They're always welcomed and sometimes people come up to me after the show and say hi and ask how my twins are doing, and say hi to them as well. I'm very upset and disappointed with the treatment we've received. I'll never come back (that should make somebody happy). Some people just need to pull the stick out of their a$$. Yup, you read that right.
  • Quaint historic house showcasing days of Vancouver past. Lots of interesting history to read about and artifacts to view.
  • A great place to see intimate classical and jazz music performances.

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