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Vancouver Maritime Museum, Vancouver
(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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  • This museum is well worth a visit. It has the bonus that it does not take all day to see round it and, as it is mainly based on the life and history of just one vessel, the St Roch it should not bore ...  more »
  • What a neat museum! How often do you get the chance to clamber all over a wooden-hulled ship that plied the Northwest Passage? It was fascinating to see all the preserved details of shipboard life, fr...  more »
  • Seeing the RCMP St. Roch is really interesting. It is fun to be able to go "on board" and see how they lived while sailing the NorthWest Passage. Also seeing a lot of history of our coastline and Firs...  more »
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  • 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 The documentary about the ship was really outdated, but did contain some interesting info about ship's history.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!
  • One of my all time favorite memories was when my dad took my brother and I here, when we were about 4 and 8. Had a lasting impression, and even though most of the information went right over my 8 year old brain, I still found it fascinating. Plus, $11 for an adult? I think I'll be visiting every week!
  • Interesting historical information and real artifacts. The displays don't change but worth a visit! It's a great place with real world stories and fascinating information about Canadian culture and history. It's a fabulous place to look into the past and see what people had to endure in order to survive the hardships of the north; great for an hour or two or to take your mind off a rainy afternoon!
  • 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.
  • Some good exhibitions, great for the kids, great location too.