Vancouver Police Museum & Archives

Vancouver Police Museum & Archives

Vancouver Police Museum & Archives
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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
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The former Coroner's Court, City Morgue, and Forensic Analyst Lab c. 1932 and city heritage building. The Vancouver Police Museum & Archives is an independent non-profit organization exploring the gritter history of Vancouver and specializing in the history of forensic sciences and policing. We run walking tours through the Summer and host Movies in the Morgue during the winter. Check out our website and social media pages for more information.
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Erinfullerton
Escondido, CA29 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
This was a cool little discovery as we were looking for something to do on a rainy day. Great little museum with an oddball collection of artifacts, case files, correspondence, photos, etc. We spent about an hour here, but probabaly could have spent a bit longer - 2 hrs would be a good amt of time to allot if you want to see everything and read the stories posted, etc.

The museum may not hold the interest of young children, as many of the exhibits require some reading and/or would just not interest young children, and there are confiscated weapons on display, some that may prompt conversations you are not ready to answer about the ugly horrors that humans are capable of inflicting on one another (such as the baseball bat embedded with hundreds of nails, or the axe with hair still visible on the blade that was used by a teenager to murder his family). For the queasy, they do a nice job at the front of explaining how to avoid the body part specimens, etc.
Written 25 March 2024
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Carolyn B
Toronto, Canada94 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
I'm never sure what to expect from police museums. I find they usually lack nuance and just lean into violent murder related content. Given the current conversations about policing, and how police forces have impacted so many communities, I always leave those museums feeling like they dropped the ball and that they could do so much more. And this museum was a typical police museum in many ways. But someone really creative and thoughtful took a small budget and put together a beautiful exhibit on John Vance. I was at a few museums that day but the Vance exhibit was the best one by far. The forensic content of the other exhibits complemented the history of the actual space and I learned a lot about the science of early policing.

The staff should probably put up a clear warning sign for the back room. The cheerful person at the front desk told visitors not to take photos of the "biological specimens" there, but from that casual description I walked in expecting maybe hair or something, not fetuses. They were displayed in an educational and historical way but definitely something people need to be aware of before they encounter them.
Written 18 February 2024
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Cannuckk
Langley, Canada360 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
There are interesting exhibits at this small museum, but it’s very much “old style”+ lots of reading of small print on wall displays. Very much a conundrum for the group that runs the museum; it resides in a building that is historic to the museum’s purpose, but being located in a somewhat unattractive area of Vancouver there will always be challenges in attracting visitors . If you can’t attract more visitors it’s tough to justify and or finance significant improvements.
There is some evidence of using technology to enhance the visitor experience; in particular the existence of QR codes for smartphone users to access additional resources. The next step could be using smartphone technology to create a recorded guided tour of the museum., since for me guided tours of historic sites and museums are one of the best ways to enhance my experience at an attraction.
Written 26 January 2024
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Louise F
Cambridge, UK8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
This was one of the most interesting museums I've ever visited. I read pretty much every display and we stayed for about an hour and a half.
I would advise that you plan your route in advance as the surrounding area feels potentially dangerous. I wish I had known this in advance.
Written 26 August 2023
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Catriona F
Stirling, UK6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
Loved this fascinating museum just off the beaten track. It’s a a ten minute walk from the sea bus terminal through gastown. We found lots of interesting exhibits about the history of the city and its criminal past. Staff were lovely and helpful, absolutely worth a visit.
Written 11 April 2023
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Thank you so much for your review catrionaf543. We are so glad you enjoyed your visit! Thank you for your lovely review.
Written 18 June 2023
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Stephen P
Fairfield, CT741 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
An unexpected gem. This is really a very interesting museum not only about the history of the Vancouver police department but about policing. Great exhibits. Really well done.
Written 22 July 2022
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NormLWat
Waterloo, Canada842 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
Interesting museum covering Vancouver police history. Great content related to Vancouver riots and how the police have evolved as the city has evolved. The morgue portion of the tour had various stories of historic cases and unique artifacts to view. Weapons room was small however, packed full of tradition and odd artifacts collected over time.
Written 10 July 2022
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TeamWard
Nottingham, UK5,690 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
Vancouver Police museum is based just in the walking dead area of Vancouver, you even pass a drop in centre to fetch to it from gastown, but don't let that stop you. The museum is jammed full of items to show how the VPD has changed over the last 125 years, fascinating true life stories, gory items in the autopsy, including a story about Errol Flynn (ask anyone over the age of 55)
Written 23 June 2022
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Jayne T
West Mersea, UK73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
This was a very interesting experience with exhibits ranging from firearms, police helmets, and stories of local crimes and investigations through the last couple of hundred years set in the building which also enabled you to see the Coroner Court, the morgue and adjoining rooms. We spent more than an hour reading the cuttings and exploring the exhibits. It cost only $10 for seniors and was very good value
Written 11 June 2022
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Judith K
Vancouver, Canada82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
It is very interesting and educational. I live here and found out things that I never knew about. Worth while going to and if you have the time, take in a walking tour. That one walking tour was an eye opener. I like to go on the other walking tours however someday.
Written 6 March 2020
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