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Vancouver Maritime Museum

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Granville Island & Fairview
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Address: 1905 Ogden Ave, Vancouver, British Columbia V6J 1A3, Canada
Phone Number:
+1 604-257-8300
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

For over fifty years, the Vancouver Maritime Museum has celebrated the...

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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They built the museum around a dry docked ship!

This was a very nice little museum. Fascinating that they drydocked an historic police ship and built the museum around it! We took the water taxi from Granville Public Market... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
San Francisco, California
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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a very nice little museum. Fascinating that they drydocked an historic police ship and built the museum around it! We took the water taxi from Granville Public Market to the Museum, and then the water taxi from the museum back across toward out hotel

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Richland, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

I really didn't expect to enjoy this as much as I did. It was incredible and informative, and it was nifty to go aboard the St. Roch. The staff was really nice and we learned a lot in this little but exciting museum.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

Small museum but nice. It's not on the water, unlike other maritime museums I've visited before. It's near the beach but it's biggest treasure and the only full size ship RCMVP St. Roch is in dry dock and and all the museum is basically build around it. But the ship is well restored, nicely painted and well maintained and you... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017 via mobile

There is the boat used by police to visit the Arctic and which made a passage through the North West Passage both ways. There is a video but it would have been better if a volunteer could explain more on the boat. The rest of the Museum focuses on models of ships and the exploration of the North West Passage.... More 

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Miami Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017

This is a great place for kids or just boating enthusiasts. There are some rather large boats inside and the employees are really friendly.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

It has been a decade since I've been here. Last time- a pirate themed birthday party for a 5 year old. This time- just me, on a sunny December day. This was really really interesting. It took me about 2 hours to go through the permanent exhibit (and watch the video) and the current exhibit - "Across the top of... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

We visited the Martime museum and had a great time. Seeing and being able to explore the St Roch a wooden schooner in a dry dock and completely rennovated was excellent. I would have liked to have gone down into the engine room but that was not accessible although you can see the engines from above through purpose built windows.... More 

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San Marino, Italy
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016 via mobile

Exploring the St Roch is really funny and exciting, while the other parts of the museum are a bit boring if you're not passionate about maritime explorations. Though colorful and well presented, I found the exhibitions a bit chaotic.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

I guess you are either a museum person or not. I never miss a Maritime Museum as it provides a window into the history of the city I'm visiting. It was a cold wet day, ideal for exploring the excellent displays and informative exhibits chronicling British Columbia's seafaring past. Pride of place is the' St. Roch' a wooden schooner that... More 

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Salmon Arm, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

I've been here maybe 3 times in my life, and each time I've learned more than I could have imagined possible. The most outstanding display is an actual ship that traversed the Canadian Arctic Ocean route many, many times. You can hear a guide explain its journeys and then go on the ship to see it for yourself. Other displays... More 

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