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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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  • Average18%
  • Poor1%
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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 2 days ago

The museum was mostly a display of the St. Roch wooden ship that crossed the Northwest Passage, an oceanic shortcut from the Atlantic to the Pacific across the top of North America. The St Roch sailed not just west to east but also east to...More

Thank Lynn A
Reviewed 6 days ago

If you like boats or artic explorers it is a must see. Timed visits onto the famous vessel let you explore and snide with a few other guests.

Thank yeldhamr
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Didn't really hear about this at the tourist office and went almost by accident, but the St Rich was really great living history and there is loads for kids in the rest of the museum. Very cheap too. Highly recommend

Thank Hiu612
Reviewed 11 June 2017 via mobile

Interesting history on the restored boat. It was good to see how they lived on the boat as long as they did, and quite humbling. The rest of the tour was interesting, worth a trip to this. We were only there for about an hour

Thank BlueAde
Reviewed 10 June 2017

I have an interest in maritime history, so I was always going to enjoy this museum. I thoight it was a very well run museum with interesting and well curated exhibits. The storuy of the North-west passage was fascinating, as was the film on the...More

Thank markjackson100
Reviewed 8 June 2017

Beside harbouring the first ship ever to cross through the ice of the arctic circle from West to East, the Vancouver Maritime Museum has many exhibits that change all the time. The history of our waters is the foundation of our existence in Canada and...More

Thank Patrick W
Reviewed 24 May 2017

This is one of those attractions that is worth your time and money if you want to be immersed in maritime history. The St. Roch is a well-preserved vessel once used by the RCMP in the northern waters and it is quite interesting to explore...More

Thank Pennysmart
Reviewed 23 May 2017

I really enjoyed the museum. The central feature is a historic ship that patrolled the Canadian arctic. There is a 15 minute orientation video followed by an opportunity to walk through the ship itself. There are lots of additional artifacts and historical displays but for...More

Thank bigfishpk
Reviewed 13 May 2017

I took the False Creek ferry to see this unusual museum and wish I had allotted more time. It is filled with displays that illustrate BC's seafaring history including a fascinating film about the St Roch, the first RCMP patrol vessel to navigate the Northwest...More

Thank ladydiver27
Reviewed 9 May 2017

The museum tells the compelling story about the search for the north west passage. I learnt a lot and found the journey fascinating. There is a small video story and opportunity to board a preserved boat from that period and ask questions of the guide....More

Thank TeamPNorthumberland
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