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Vancouver Police Museum & Archives

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240 Cordova St E | Gastown, Vancouver, British Columbia V6A 1L3, Canada
+1 604-665-3346
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Fascinating museum well worth a visit

In the old coroners building, this little museum really packs in a great selection of absorbing... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
HiWellington
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Wellington, New Zealand
Interesting Little Museum

A very well laid out little museum telling the history of policing in Vancouver, display cabinets... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Keith K
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Hampshire, UK
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Housed in Vancouver's former city morgue, this museum displays thie history of crime and law enforcement in Vancouver. Displays include historical crimes, tools for scientific (forensic) investigation and more.
  • Excellent31%
  • Very good51%
  • Average13%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“police force” (9 reviews)
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240 Cordova St E | Gastown, Vancouver, British Columbia V6A 1L3, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

In the old coroners building, this little museum really packs in a great selection of absorbing information, alarming facts and exhibits, and very well thought through and described artefact displays. The weaponry cabinets are amazing as is the cold case section, interestingly housed in the...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very well laid out little museum telling the history of policing in Vancouver, display cabinets full of confiscated/illegal firearms, drugs, stories of terrible murders and crimes through the decades and as it is situated in the old coroners offices the autopsy room with its...More

1  Thank Keith K
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A well laid out and interesting display of memorabilia from Vancouver Police over many decades. Talks are also scheduled regularly, along with walking tours in the city. Plan an hour to visit this attraction and then have lunch in one of the many great eateries...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice little museum you can spend a couple of hours in if you read everything. Confiscated weapons and gruesome murders sit alongside the history of policing in Vancouver. The old morgue and autopsy tables are still there. As a heads up the area immediately around...More

Thank Helen O
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Reviewed April 11, 2018 via mobile

I believe the last Saturday or the month is free admission / by donation. Lots of interesting items. There is a room of old firearms. A case of confiscated weapons etc. The coroner room is creepy. My 8 year old loves using a computer to...More

Thank Bruce P
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Reviewed April 9, 2018 via mobile

Went here cause we got a good deal at groupon but when we got here the area looked unsafe. There were homeless everywhere and as we drove around to find a parking space, we drove by multiple homeless urinating right in the street. We felt...More

Thank KatRoseTRAVEL
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Reviewed March 5, 2018

This is a good little museum. They are currently doing some updates, and it is a small-ish space, housed in the old Police HQ building. But I like museums that make me feel like I am stepping back in time, and my hubby and I...More

Thank JoshandCharlott... W
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Reviewed February 13, 2018

My husband and I went here when we found admissions on groupon and we loved it! The confiscated weapons were awesome, but the best part was how squeamish my husband was in the autopsy room.

1  Thank Janet B
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Reviewed December 30, 2017 via mobile

What a neat little museum! I’m a true crime fan, am I found this fascinating. Check for a Groupon if you go.

1  Thank Sara D
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Reviewed November 8, 2017

Smallish Museum. Figures with uniforms from the past, two motorbikes, women in policing, advances in rank. Drug trade info. Morgue/coroner’s office with very good books, plus slices of human organs showing gunshots, stabbings, smoker’s lung. Short movie. Old building, heritage. Located in rougher area of...More

1  Thank IntrepidTraveller777
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Joannad1960
February 9, 2018|
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Response from IntrepidTraveller777 | Reviewed this property |
There is a morgue and slices of bodies on display. It’s more for adults in that there are a lot of articles to read of old cases. We had a talk from a guide there about women on the force. It’s not something younger ones... More
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Glydel L
October 25, 2016|
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Response from Vancouver P | Property representative |
Hi Glydel, Thank you for your question. As Claudia mentioned, any time of the year would be good. Some people prefer visiting winter time since you can stay dry inside of the museum, and it is quieter during winter (March... More
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