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Vancouver Police Museum, Vancouver

(3.8/5 based on 140+ reviews on the web)
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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  • I actually really liked this museum, it had plenty of authentic police items from over the years. I especially liked the police weapon display with old and new ones. The had old tommy guns and a uzi e...  more »
  • This little museum was extremely charming and a fun intro to a small part of Vancouver's history. I love weird little museums that feel like grandma's attic but if you don't like poking around by your...  more »
  • Interesting museum. Good to learn about the history of the area in relation to the local police. Friendly and helpful staff. Not in the nicest areas of Vancouver but we walked and didn't have any prob...  more »
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  • Really interesting history and displays. For a super left wing area, I'm surprised this hasn't been driven out of town. The admission is a bit steep for the small collection, but it's pretty neat nonetheless. It's interesting to see how recent the height of gang activity was in the region. They have a stupefying amalgamation of weapons and drugs.
  • My comment is on the neighborhood surrounding the museum. It would have been nice to know that the surrounding areas are Skid Row x 100. Alcoholics, meth addicts, etc. Really dicey. I work in gang area of LA w/o problem, and this area really gave me pause. 8 blocks from 1%er milionare condos. Amazing indifference to human suffering.
  • 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,
  • Small, but interesting exhibits. The coroner room is pretty memorable with the various displays of preserved pieces of evidence of human anatomy injuries/murder. Great place if you're into law enforcement/policing subjects.
  • It's fun and interesting. Not too small as I imagined if you like to read the info about the objects and exhibitions and get the most out of the experience. It's pretty cool that the building used to be a coroner's office with a real morgue and autopsy room as you can see in your visit. Recommended.