Vancouver Police Museum, Vancouver

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Explore the city's history of law enforcement and crime with a visit to Vancouver Police Museum, the oldest police museum in North America. The museum was inaugurated in 1986, with the building having spent the previous century as the coroner's court and autopsy lab. Follow the history of crime in Vancouver, illustrated with over 20,000 artifacts, documents, and photographs chronicling over 125 years of law enforcement. These include confiscated firearms, counterfeit currency, and various other memorabilia. Younger visitors may enjoy the tours offered by the museum catering specifically to kids. For Vancouver Police Museum and beyond, use our Vancouver trip planner to get the most from your Vancouver vacation.
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  • Museum located in Chinatown which is worth a visit. Criminal history of Vancouver. Very interesting.
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  • What a neat little museum! I’m a true crime fan, am I found this fascinating. Check for a Groupon if you go.  more »
  • Smallish Museum. Figures with uniforms from the past, two motorbikes, women in policing, advances in rank. Drug trade info. Morgue/coroner’s office with very good books, plus slices of human organs sh...  more »
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  • VERY interesting and detailed. The fact that this museum was the old Coroner's Office, made it a little creepy for me. Not at all a complaint. The realism of this self - conducted tour is quite amazing for the size that it is. They have put a lot of information intro a relatively small space. Interactive centres and pop up presentations. Am enjoyable museum experience. They're open from 9am to 6pm Mon. To Fri. If you're walking around by Main and Burrard, stop in.
  • A very unique and interesting museum. Although a notably small operation of dedicated staff, the quality of artifacts and knowledge is not lost amongst the clutter and scale. There is a lot of cool things to see from pictures to drugs to weapons (both police and criminal variety), and if you are interested on those merits you won't be disappointed although it will be a short stay. However going beyond the surface level you will find a lot of rich local history, a vast wealth of education on police and coroner procedure, and some interesting tidbits about Vancouver and the men and women that made up it's police and coroner's service. On that note it was quite the surprise to see how much was there on coroner's and autopsies, and I wish there was a way to make that more evident to those curious about the museum.
  • Such a great idea,👍🏻to the group of individuals who came up with this unique idea of converting a non operating city morgue to become a museum this place is divided into sections with lots of very cool displays,the Wet Room hopefully has been sanitized (fingers crossed)it still has this sort of eerie and creepiness to it please give credit to all the folks that have worked here in the past definitely not for me this place also offer specific tours of the city(ask at the front desk)about cost and availability i would highly recommend this place
  • The area this is located in is SUPER sketchy - but the museum was a pleasant surprise. It was smaller but it wasn't to expensive and the exhibits were really interesting. But yeah definitely lock your cars before you leave - the entire area is filled - and I mean filled - with druggies and homeless people. The museum is right by a police station though and there are security cameras and cops all around so you are pretty safe. Even braving the dangers of *gasp* that part of town I would say this museum was a blast. The gift shop is nonexistent though so if you are looking for a police patch or t shirt you'll need to go elsewhere
  • Great place to grab some offbeat history and get your crime sleuth on!!!

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