"One of my favourite local museums" Top 5 Page for this destination Vancouver Maritime Museum Tip by Carmanah

Vancouver Maritime Museum, Vancouver: 4 reviews and 9 photos

I first came here with my family when I was about 8 years old, but I remember thinking how cool it was! After all, it's not every day where you can climb aboard the St. Roch - the Royal Canadian Mountain Police schooner that was the first vessel to circumnavigate North America and the first to sail through the legendary Northwest Passage from the Pacific to the Atlantic.

Though it's often overlooked, I actually think the Vancouver Maritime Museum is one of the more unique museums Vancouver has to offer, especially if you're somebody who appreciates detailed displays. There's a deceivingly large amount of things to see and a surprisingly wide array of exhibits, despite the museum's small size. I think it makes for a great rainy day activity.

Packed with information, charts, photography, artifacts, and models, this is also a fantastic museum for families as many of the displays are hands-on, with several designed specifically for children in mind. As well, what kid (or adult) wouldn't be thrilled to take a tour through the multiple levels of the St-Roch?

The St. Roch would be interesting for those who are curious about the Canadian Arctic, the Northwest Passage folklore, and the challenges RCMP officers faced while living aboard this ship in the 1930s. However, there's a lot more to the museum than the St. Roch. There are exhibits on pirates, submarines, the Port of Vancouver, model ship building, the history of Vancouver's naval explorers (like Captain George Vancouver), the local fishing industry, warships, fireboats, tugboats, among other maritime-related material. It's actually a lot of fun! Well, at least I think so... but I'm a geek for these types of museums as I find it all fascinating!

While admission is already reasonable ($10 per adult), you can print off coupons from their website to save you a few dollars. Or if you already have the Vancouver edition of the Entertainment Book, there is a 2-for-1 coupon inside. Finally, on Canada Day (July 1st), admission is free for everybody!

Address: 1905 Ogden Avenue, Vancouver
Directions: Located north of Kits Beach at Vanier Park, right next to the False Creek Ferry dock in Kitsilano.
Phone: 604-257-8300
Website: http://www.vancouvermaritimemuseum.com

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jun 25, 2007
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