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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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  • Average19%
  • 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 21 December 2015

There are two parts to this museum: the ship (the Saint Roch) accessible every hour, and the exhibit (Across the Top of the World: the Quest for the Northwest Passage). Expect to want to spend at least 2 hours here if this kind of thing...More

1  Thank Natasha G
Reviewed 24 November 2015 via mobile

The RCMP St Roch is a real gem and a great piece of Canadian history which has be preserved and cared for be the museum. A great story of adventure passing through the North West passage in both directions. Well worth a visit.

Thank skywrap
Reviewed 12 November 2015 via mobile

This is a wonderful museum, especially the documentary and self guided tour of the st Roch ship which was first to circumnavigate the north American continent. Enjoyed it on a very rainy day!

Thank Lisa M
Reviewed 26 October 2015 via mobile

Unsung heroes of Canadian Maritime... I like getting into the actual decommissioned boat...you have to attend the preview film before you can board the boat.

Thank Alvin S
Reviewed 25 October 2015

Really enjoyed my visit here. From the beautifully restored St. Roch vessel to the vast collection of maritime artifacts with displays on shipwrecks and pirates among many others, there's something for everyone here. Lots of interactive things for kids. Lovely building right on the water....More

Thank Chris C
Reviewed 19 October 2015

Well worth a visit. The home of the beautifully restored RCMPV St Roch vessel - the 2nd to complete the voyage through the NW Passage after Amundsen's original trip. Excellent children's activities/interactive displays too.

Thank Rita281
Reviewed 13 October 2015

A small museum built around a sailing frigate which explored the Northwest Passage. A fascinating glimpse into our past, and the living conditions of the explorers.

Thank Food1363
Reviewed 7 October 2015

A difficult place to get to if you are down town Vancouver. The best way is by water taxi. However if you do make the effort it is well worth it. All Canadians should know the story of the St.Roch and famous Captain Larsen. This...More

2  Thank MChristine72
Reviewed 25 September 2015

My dad is an avid ship lover so whenever we visit a new city he always wants to go to their maritime museum. This museum was relatively hard to get to for us (had to take a water taxi) and was very underwhelming due to...More

1  Thank MegM09
Reviewed 18 September 2015

Small, but interesting museum. The tall angular building was constructed around the ship that spent winters stuck in ice. It's possible to climb up and down the ship (can't remember the name) and see how it was set up. There are naval uniforms and things...More

Thank RockingLaurie
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