Vancouver Police Museum, Vancouver
Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
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. To visit Vancouver Police Museum and other attractions in Vancouver, use our Vancouver trip itinerary builder.
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The Vancouver Police Museum offers walking tours of either the red light district (which we took part in) and the Opium dens. Our tour guide led us through the streets of Vancouver taking us to the pa... read more »
My husband and I decided to stop by on our last day in Vancouver. The museum takes up one floor only and at first glance it doesn't look like there's much to see, but we ended up spending almost two h... read more »
Good rainy day activity! You will spend about 2 hours there looking through many interesting exhibits and reading stories of crimes happened in Vancouver. Autopsy room was also interesting! I had no i... read more »
I liked it much more than I expected. I have read reviews before going there and knew that the museum is small but I spent 2 hours over there and I would stay even more if I did not have plans to visit other places of interests same day ( I was visiting Vancouver). There was also a chest of draws with some police uniforms and I took a chance to put them on and take a selfie. You will see a real things that belongs history and some replicas. It was very interesting to see the dangerous things some guys had on them before they were confiscated by the police. You really need to be careful if you live in a big city ( imo). Yes, the museum is small but there are a lot to see if you are curious and like true stories. Displays, videos, computer game, photos, newspaper cut offs.... I wish it would have more and more things later and keep up to date. There is also a bench to sit and have a rest. ( Did not see a morgue though I had read in other reviews before, did I miss it ?). When I will be in Vancouver again, I would visit it again to check it out. And will have a make-up to have a better pic of myself . Lol. It is a must see museum,
This place is a crock. It's full of pro police propaganda.. it's not wheelchair accessible. The icing on the cake is that the sign has a gun pointed directly at the viewer as part of the logo. What a load of garbage this place is
Took my 9 & 7 yr old grandsons. It is, as others have said, a small museum. The boys and I liked it. The curator was excellent, spending time on a briefing before we went in. He was especialy concerned that the bots not be disturbed by the autopsy suite. Needn't have worried. Little ghouls loved that part. It is interesting and well laid out. An hour is ample to explore it. A word of caution for those not from area - it is not a very salubrious part of town. Parking is easy before 3pm - lots of meters at $2 for 2 hours
Though a little bit hard to get to, the museum offered an interesting and candid view of police, crime, and law enforcement in Vancouver. Both historic and modern exhibits are available.
Really cool place to visit with loads of history. During Halloween there is ghost tour through the museum which is very interesting. I would recommend
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