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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. To visit Vancouver Police Museum and other attractions in Vancouver, use our Vancouver trip itinerary builder.
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  • You will be blown away with where it all started and how things went within the police compounds and the laws of the past. I’ve seen this museum 5 times and still find different facts of the past, eac...  more »
  • Myself and my partner visited this museum and we found it very interesting. You wouldn't spent much time here, maybe an hour or so as it is quite small. It's a self guided tour with very detailed exhi...  more »
  • First off, I worked as a civilian for the Vancouver Police Department in the late '70's and can't believe it took me this long to go and see the museum! Spent a few nights in Vancouver so made a point...  more »
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  • Amazing, especially their SWAT video and funny visual novel game. I would recommend it to anyone! The gallery is much bigger than it looks when you first walk in. There is a small entrance fee (About $11 as of 2017). It will take 1-2 hours to view / try everything.
  • Small but very educational. Every time I came, I learnt something new. Staff have put quite some thoughts into it.
  • The information that they had was historical, interesting and great to read and look at, it covered a variety of professions & topics within the building, which is an old coroner's, the price was $12 more then affordable for what you're getting. (There's 8 rooms varying in size and information) The only negatives is there's no Disability access that I could see (flights of stairs) - you can carry your baby and stroller & no seat to watch the films which go for over 10mins.
  • Interesting place, but too small and overpriced. visited today with my family and friends. Price was $30 per family. $12 per person. There are basically 3 rooms + 3 small rooms. That's it. No guides, no explanation, nothing fascinating. Most of the electronic video displays were out of order. The museum is located in former Coroner's Building where they used to have fridges for dead bodies, dissection tables, etc. I guessed it as there was no information anywhere. Was it interesting visit? I guess it was. But the price was too high. At least for me. Would I go again? Probably not, unless they do major upgrades to their exhibition. Topic is interesting, they have tons of materials, but this museum is either understaffed, or undermanaged, or both.
  • I really like museums and little pieces of history. Although it's really small, I like that it used to be the city morgue and some items from previous crime scenes are on display.