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“Good Afternoon Excursion”

Vancouver Maritime Museum
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Ranked #64 of 365 things to do in Vancouver
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 24 June 2014

We visited this museum while waiting for our cruise. It is very well organized and there are plenty of interesting exhibits that made it worthwhile. I really wish we had more time for this, but it is definitely on the schedule for next visit.

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"northwest passage"
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"st roch"
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"dry dock"
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"arctic exploration"
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"wooden ship"
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"canadian arctic"
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"real ship"
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"lots of interactive things"
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"children's area"
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"main exhibit"
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"minute video"
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"interesting displays"
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"rainy day"
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"vanier park"
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"kids will love"
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"on display"
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"small ferry"
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Reviewed 26 May 2014

This museum is probably not well known and easily missed while in Vancouver. I think this museum is possibly a more important part of Canadian history than to foreign visitors. Take time out to watch a video of the St Roch, the first vessel to navigate the Northwest Passage in both directions and the first vessel to circumnavigate the North American Continent. A small part of the experience can be experienced while on board. The museum includes, outside, an exhibit that few people know the story behind, and that is the submersible PX-15, about which an excellent documentary was made about. Many exhibits about the mostly non-military nautical history of the BC Coast. A nice learning and interactive area is included.

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Reviewed 20 May 2014

Very good video & then can spend time actually on the decks of St Roch which was used for polar exploration. Very interesting museum with lots of other naval exhibits. We took the ferry across there but is also a stop on the Hop on Hop off bus route so easy to access.

Thank 2011Margaret08
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Reviewed 14 May 2014

The main exhibit is the St Roch. First we watched a fifteen minute video about the vessel then we had twenty minutes to look around before we were told our time was up and we had to leave for the next group. It meant it was a bit of a rush looking it over and taking pictures and it was difficult in places as the passageways were only wide enough for one person but I managed to see all I wanted. Another excellent part of the museum is the display of large model ships, all expertly made in fine detail. There are Nelson's letters and a chronometer used by Captain George Vancouver. It is full of information about shipwrecks and the North West Passage. Outside is the Ben Franklin submersible used for marine research as well as an experiment whereby six scientists lived together in the confined space for 30 days to see how they would fare with the results recorded by NASA. There is more inside the museum than appears from the outside. Worth a visit.

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Reviewed 28 April 2014

I wasn't expecting much, and it seemed like there was only one portion to the museum with the St. Roch... which was, by the way, amazing, and you really should go on it to explore if you are there. Not only can you go on the decks, but belowdecks, and also climb up to where the captain's wheel is. Very neat, and all set up as if in use. So we dinished up with that, then realised there was a whole other part of the museum with many other exhibits!

The pirates and kids area were nice for the kids, but they also liked looking at the models of the steamboats and there is a control area from a tugboat that is really quite neat for them to be in. Some of the kids things were out of order or not as advertised. There is also an old style brass underwater helmet that seems to indicate you should try it on... but then over on another part of the wall it says never put your head in because you could get stuck. So it was a little odd, and probably needs better signage seeing as it really looks like it's set up for you to try it on.

Anyhow, despite the size this is a really worthwhile little museum even if some parts are in need of updating or replacement. Fascinating to learn about the polar exploration, and if the kids hadn't gotten a little impatient, I would have loved to read more about the exhibits in the other section.

Thank halfbakedkitty
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