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Vancouver Maritime Museum, Vancouver

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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. To visit Vancouver Maritime Museum on your trip to Vancouver, use our Vancouver online trip maker.
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  • Not just boats, but really presented maritime life from past and presented. Fun, hands on area for kids and variety of exhibits. Temporary exhibit on residential schools was haunting. 
    Not just boats, but really presented maritime life from past and presented. Fun, hands on area for kids and variety of exhibits. Temporary exhibit on residential schools was haunting.  more »
  • Not as big as it seems, however it has a great local first nations collections explaining their culture and life living and moving around ocean. Also, there is a big boat in on the museum's wing and.....  more
    Not as big as it seems, however it has a great local first nations collections explaining their culture and life living and moving around ocean. Also, there is a big boat in on the museum's wing and.....  more »
  • When our plans for the day were shifted due to inclement weather, we were left with extra time in Vancouver. We decided to visit the museum and it was a good way to speak time, learning and away from....  more
    When our plans for the day were shifted due to inclement weather, we were left with extra time in Vancouver. We decided to visit the museum and it was a good way to speak time, learning and away from....  more »
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  • Among Vancouver's museums I feel like this one is often overlooked! What most people don't realize is that there's some really good stuff here! It's not all ships and containers (I mean those are cool too). In recent years there's an increased emphasis on Inuit and First Nations exhibits. Things are well kept and theres a lot to take in!
  • Really neat, specialized museum housed in a unique structure. Some of the exhibits and spaces are a bit old, but the main exhibit - the St. Roch - was well-maintained and housed in an impressive space. I liked how we could climb up to the ship's deck and even explore parts of its interior, include parts of the lower deck. Shoutout to the staff member manning the ship - he was very friendly and willing to answer our questions. There was also a host of exhibits surrounding the ship that gives great information on the ship's background and history. For a casual visit, an hour would be good.
  • Clear explanation and details. Well restored boats. Good selection of handicrafts, old and more recent. Interesting how the seaman and the explorer life was in the artic.
  • It is deceiving from the outside, so much to see in this museum. There is something to discover for all age groups, young or old. Recommend a visit.
  • Listen, its not great, at best its underwhelming, very poorly lit and dusky, lots of signs saying exhibits removed or out of order. Complementary wheelchair for elderly patron looked and performed like it came off the set of 'one flew over the cockoo's nest', literally. The St Loch RCMP schooner and the ship models are good. The bit about Canada's 'rum running' role during the American prohibition between 1920 and 1933 was informative. We were the only people there, seems we were the last to find out. I guess I'd go if the parking and entry was free.

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