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Vancouver Maritime Museum

1905 Ogden Ave, Vancouver, British Columbia V6J 1A3, Canada
+1 604-257-8300
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For over fifty years, the Vancouver Maritime Museum has celebrated the profound significance of the ocean and waterways of the Pacific and Arctic. Located in on the waterfront in stunning Vanier Park, the Maritime Museum's featured attraction is the St. Roch, a National Historic Site and RCMP vessel that was the first vessel to circumnavigate North America and the only link between distant communities in the Canadian Arctic in the early 20th century. The museum also has extensive galleries of model ships, including a particularly fine bone model of the French warship Vengeur du Peuple which was built around 1800 by French prisoners of war, a Children's Maritime Discovery Centre, a recreation of the fo'c'sle (forecastle) of Vancouver's ship Discovery, an extensive collection of maritime art, the boiler of the Beaver which was the first steamship in the Pacific Northwest, and many more wonders and treasures.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1905 Ogden Ave, Vancouver, British Columbia V6J 1A3, Canada
Granville Island & Fairview
+1 604-257-8300
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Reviewed 5 days ago

If you are in Vancouver grab the ferry and visit this maritime museum as it has some great exhibits covering the history of the area

Thank Ray R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fancied this from previous reviews and was not disappointed. There is a 15 minute video about the St Roch vessel which was the first to transit the NW passage and is the actual vessel in the museum. You are allowed over, in and under it...More

Thank CiderMonkey
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Spent the better part of a LONG morning here, and it was well worth it. The special exhibits were interesting, especially the section on the Japanese-Canadian 'issues' during World War 2. There were also kids activities and and a model boat craftsman who was working...More

Thank Perry L
Reviewed 8 September 2017

A very low key museum with lots of interesting exhibits. The highlight is being able to climb aboard the St. Roch and imagine traveling and living on the ship without many modern day comforts.

Thank henryv488
Reviewed 6 September 2017

The main exhibit is the St. Roch. Interesting information about the ship. There is a nod to Native people but more a celebration of white achievements. The Arctic information was well presented. Interesting exhibit about Japanese Canadian fishermen. It seems as if exhibits have not...More

Thank Mary Anne J
Reviewed 23 August 2017

We generally try to visit the Maritime Museum at least once yearly. Of course the RCMP St Roch (on permanent display is the main feature) but other exhibits change often also. We generally allow about 2 to 3 hours for a comfortable visit. Ample parking...More

Thank Renegade225
Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

The story of the St. Roach is fascinating when you think of how they had to figure out how to make it across the NW passage. There is a nice video and a hands on attraction. We walked from downtown and took the ferry back.

Thank McWett
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Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

Great place to visit with kids. A room full of toys, costumes and activities for kids. A full size boat opened at certain times to explore. Harder to go everywhere with kids as some stairs or ladders are super steep. However great exploration for little...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

A bit out of the way but easily accessible via the False Creek Ferry and presumably Aquabus. A relatively small museum that punches far above its weight. The story of the RMP Roche - the first to sail W-E across the NW Passage; the first...More

Thank stefano523
Reviewed 27 July 2017

Easy to get to Museum right next to Planetarium and Vancouver Museum. They offer a package deal to see all 3. The Maritime Museum is very kid friendly with lots of interactive things but the other 2, although great. were geared toward older children and...More

Thank Jean V
Granville Island & Fairview
One of the favoured neighbourhoods for a day out,
Granville Island's packed theatres and art studios,
hobby shops and book stores, restaurants and bars, all
offer a plethora of activities and entertainment
options, leaving no one bored. The highlight of the
area is the Fisherman's Wharf, where the seagulls
overhead and the smell of the sea invigorate its many
visitors, some of who are there to shop the fresh
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Tuesday - Saturday: 10am-5pm*; Sunday: noon - 5pm Thursdays Nights: 5pm–8pm