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Vancouver Maritime Museum

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Address: 1905 Ogden Ave, Vancouver, British Columbia V6J 1A3, Canada
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+1 604-257-8300
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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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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A small but interesting museum that provides a broad range of Canada/Vancouver maritime history. The walkable restored St Roch vessel is half the museum and a highlight. The... read more

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My kids are 5 and under, sometimes it's difficult to find something that will grab the attention of all at the same time. I was very pleased to find this museum, they all had a lot of fun playing pirates and seeing the different types of vessels. Their favorites were the simulation of driving a ship in the Pole and... More 

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Colnbrook, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited this museum on a very rainy day as a way of keeping our 8 year old twins occupied. What a little gem it turned out to be. The children very much enjoyed exploring the St Roch ship and trying to imagine what it would be like to live on board for months at a time. They really enjoyed... More 

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Lakeport, California
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was amazing to walk through the historical ship that traversed the northern passage twice. It was fascinating to learn all about their adventures and the dangers they faced. The rest of the museum was also well done.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A small but interesting museum that provides a broad range of Canada/Vancouver maritime history. The walkable restored St Roch vessel is half the museum and a highlight. The museum contains a range of multimedia and virtual experiences.

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Vernon, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nota large museum by most standards, main feature is the RCMP vessel St Roch, an Arctic explorer of note. Visitors are allowed to explore the ship and wonder about living on it for months at a time in the dark of the Arctic winter. The rest of the museum houses a mixture of scale model ships, artifacts, photos and information... More 

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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

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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Reviewed 13 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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Reviewed 1 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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Reviewed 30 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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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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