The Maritime Museum of British Columbia

The Maritime Museum of British Columbia

The Maritime Museum of British Columbia
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Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The Maritime Museum of BC engages people with the maritime culture and history of the Pacific Northwest through rotating exhibits, educational and community-based programs, research services, and more. Check out our featured exhibit, permanent displays, and interactive activity area!
Duration: 1-2 hours
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tdsuperstar
Toronto, Canada18,702 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
The people MMBC were quite kind. However, this two room experience is really a quick, less than an hour attraction. I was lucky that I paid what I could, If you paid the full amount, what others have mentioned, you’d be disappointed. Some interesting tidbits about the gold rush, the development of the harbour, but it’s a quick museum. I would probably tell you to explore elsewhere.
Written March 14, 2024
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marfak
Half Moon Bay, CA1,135 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This was a bit of a disappointment. It is very small. The Exhibits were just OK with lots of scale models of ships. The other half of the museum was devoted to the fishing industry.
Written September 30, 2023
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Darcey J
Berlin, Germany25 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
We visited the Maritime museum in Victoria with high hopes & paid the CAD10/adult entrance fee. Little did we know, it is one room measuring appx 11x7m with a few models of ships, a clean toilet (thank you) & another room that was set up for a workshop. The staff were friendly, however there is not much to see here. We were in & out in 10min. Very disappointing museum.
Written July 27, 2023
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john r
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
I love visiting the Maritime Museum! The staff are friendly and knowledgeable and love answering questions. The exhibits are fascinating and it is well worth the visit. Highly recommend.
Written July 24, 2023
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Avidesh
Oxford, UK591 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
I got a free pass to visit here because of a conference I attended in Victoria. There isn't much to see here apart from some lovely ship models. All displays are confined to two rooms, which you can see in under 5-10 minutes. If it wasn't free for me to visit here, I certainly wasn't paying to enter.
Written June 15, 2023
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AnnaHNanimo_B_C
Nanimo, B.C8 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
I paid $21 for a 5 minute experience. The museum is 2 small rooms with nothing to see. It was the biggest waste of money I have ever spent. Do not go
Written January 18, 2023
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MississaugaBee
Toronto226 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
When in Halifax, I enjoyed the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic very much. The Halifax museum is massive with hundreds, maybe thousands, of exhibits and maritime related artifacts. Enthused by the Halifax museum, I definitely planned to visit the Maritime Museum of BC during my trip to Victoria.

In contrast to the museum in Halifax, the Maritime Museum of BC consists only of two bedroom sized rooms and a gift shop. There are maybe a dozen ship models of uneven quality in one room and a second room that features a wall collection of rope knots and some anchors you can run thru a tub of sand.

I was prepared for the visit by reading about it before the trip but was still disappointed at the sparseness of the displays. For just over $8, it is overpriced especially if you have limited interest in models.

Apparently, they have more in the collection but the rest is squirreled away due to downsizing. I suggest they relocate over to the large Royal BC Museum located just down the street. The BC museum has relatively few exhibits with a huge amount of unused space (at least when we were there); a synergy between the two museums would make sense.
Written October 18, 2022
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MiztyOne
Ontario275 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
We enjoyed our visit to this museum and the “Queer at Sea” exhibition. The stories shared by many former marine workers were quite interesting and enlightening. I learned much about a time period that I’d lived through but I knew nothing about the obstacles some people had faced. If you like models, there is a display of models ships. I was surprised by the details and wondered how someone made such a ship. There’s an opportunity for you to work on your semaphore skills and also a display of knots.
On arrival, we were greeted by a friendly volunteer who explained how at one time this particular museum had a much larger home and was able to show more of its collection. Let’s hope someday the museum finds a larger home. Many reviewers have mentioned that the place is small. Still, the employees work hard to provide a worthwhile and interesting display in the small space and I’m sure they would like a bigger home.
On our arrival, we saw a sign about a walking tour and we signed up for that. Megan, an enthusiastic summer student, took us on an hour long walk around the neighbourhood. We felt our entrance fee for the museum and tour was a good deal. If you plan to visit this museum, you might want to enquire ahead about the walking tour as it was very interesting but I’m not sure when it is offered but it may be once a day.
The museum also offers some workshops and I would very much like to attend the one on making jewelry using sea glass. Hopefully I can return for that. There is a small gift shop with some nautical items for sale.
We spent an hour and a half inside the museum and an hour on the walking tour. We were interested viewers.
Written June 29, 2022
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pierre jacques
Quebec City, Canada41 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
The museum seems large from outside but just like a small condo ( studio) inside ! The entrance was$16,for two seniors . The person at the entrance was very nice. We appreciated the numerous “ship maquettes” , about 10 mini anchors , a sailing knots display on the wall and that ‘s it ! ait was the “queer at sea “ weeks so there was 4 or five personal history with pictures .
The best part is the souvenir shop ( 8’ by 6’)
It should be free ! ait is a bust at this price !
Written June 11, 2022
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MN_FriendlyGuy
Saint Paul, MN20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
The two of us timed our visit to Victoria so that we could see the 2022 exhibit "Queer At Sea". That's unique! This was our first time visiting the museum - 3 display rooms.

After paying admission of US $8.20, ea., I asked whether there was a docent to help us learn. After all, when a museum's space is limited to 3 rooms, then they've only got room to display their BEST stuff. Glad I asked! The museum team was really happy to share their knowledge of the ship models as well as the history of the actual ships.

We spent more time here than we planned because the museum team was so incredibly welcoming.

When visiting this museum, be sure to ask whether there's a docent. Sure, you'll already know that (as of 2022) that there isn't one. But it just might allow you to discover hidden details that make a museum visit an experience that's unique.
Written June 2, 2022
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