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Vancouver Maritime Museum, Vancouver

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
Inspirock Rating:
3.8/5 based on 170+ reviews on the web
Chart the maritime history of the Pacific Northwest and Arctic at Vancouver Maritime Museum. Established in 1959, the museum exhibits the majestic St Roch, an arctic exploration vessel once used by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and now a National Historic Site inviting you to climb aboard and explore decks and cabins steeped in rich naval history. Voyage through an extensive collection of model ships, maritime art and nautical artefacts scattered across the museum's impressive displays. Outside, a NASA underwater research vessel and the boiler of the first steamship in the Pacific Northwest wait to be discovered. Pop into the gift shop, packed full of unique model ship kits for you to try your hand at. Plan to visit Vancouver Maritime Museum during your Vancouver vacation using our convenient Vancouver vacation trip planner.
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  • I loved this place. It's not huge, and it's not crowded, but there is a lot of history to be learned here. There is an old wooden ship (all of it) inside this building; and you can walk all around and...  read more »
  • We really enjoyed the interesting review of the search for the Northwest Passage and especially the opportunity to visit the St. Roch, the only ship to travel the Passage in both directions AND circum...  read more »
  • Caught the Aqua bus to it and was not disappointed nor did I expect to be being ex MN. A labour of love and dedication especially the RCMP ship. I recommend this visit to all, well worth the time and ...  read more »
  • Pleasantly surprised with this museum. The documentary about the ship was really outdated, but did contain some interesting info about ship's history. It was nice to be able to walk inside and explore the decks and the rooms. Almost missed the lower floor! And the ladder going up is steep, but very fun as you get to try what the sailors did daily. Very cool kids section too!
  • Love this place; it really plays well with modern hipster sensibilities: steampunk and nautical trappings galore. Highly recommended as a venue for private evening events - it's great fun wandering around the wooden ships, boats, industrial boating and pirate exhibits with a glass of wine in hand, playing 'grown-up' style. Or, yeah, good for actual kids too... dress-up, lots of toys (interactive exhibits), stuff to touch and put on and play with. Some great Vancouver and area history, along with the fun stuff. It's not the flashiest in terms of design; the interior is getting a bit dated and worn, looking more like a small university museum in places, but it's worth a visit if you're interested in maritime history, boats, or Vancouver-area history. Make a day of it and walk the seawall east to Granville Island - there's usually some gorgeous wooden boats moored along the waterfront. Plus, like, food and stuff at Granville Island. Ice cream ftw.
  • Great for a fun yet entertaining day trip
  • This was a very cool museum. Great place for kids as well.
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