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Vancouver Maritime Museum, Vancouver

(3.8/5 based on 190+ 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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  • It was amazing to walk through the historical ship that traversed the northern passage twice. It was fascinating to learn all about their adventures and the dangers they faced. The rest of the museum ...  more »
  • A small but interesting museum that provides a broad range of Canada/Vancouver maritime history. The walkable restored St Roch vessel is half the museum and a highlight. The museum contains a range of...  more »
  • Nota large museum by most standards, main feature is the RCMP vessel St Roch, an Arctic explorer of note. Visitors are allowed to explore the ship and wonder about living on it for months at a time in...  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 The documentary about the ship was really outdated, but did contain some interesting info about ship's history.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.