Vancouver Maritime Museum

You should definitely visit the Vancouver Maritime Museum and see the incredible St. Roch

The magnificent St. Roch inside the Vancouver Maritime Museum
The magnificent St. Roch inside the Vancouver Maritime Museum Photo courtesy Vancouver Maritime Museum

Located a short bus ride from downtown Vancouver in Vanier Park, the Vancouver Maritime Museum, or VMM, houses a historic ship called the St. Roch that was used by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to patrol the Arctic. The ship was so significant in Canadian History that it has been designated a National Historic Site.

The maiden voyage of the St. Roch began in Vancouver on June 28th 1928. Built in British Columbia, the St. Roch proved to be a remarkable vessel and holds many records. It was the first ship to navigate through the treacherous and unknown waters of the Northwest Passage in the high Artic from 1940 - 1942. It was the first ship to complete the same journey in just one season in 1944 and the first to sail around the entire continent of North America. Amazing stuff for a ship made entirely of wood. You can see this very ship first hand, but only if you visit the VMM.

There are many more exhibits for you to enjoy at the museum. You'll be amazed by incredibly detailed, intricate models of historic ships. There are outdoor exhibits that include the NASA undersea research vessel Ben Franklin and the boiler of the Beaver — the first steamship in the Pacific Northwest. In addition to the permanent exhibits, temporary exhibits and films make sure the museum always has something new for you to see. If you have any interest at all in ships and and maritime history, be sure to put the VMM on your must-see list.

The VMM is also just a short walk from the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre Planetarium and the Museum of Vancouver. You can see all three attractions with a Vanier Park Explore Pass for $36.00 per Adult or $30.00 for Youth and Seniors.

For complete details about the Museum of Vancouver see the official website above.

Facts For Your Visit

Official Website: Vancouver Maritime Museum

Fee: Yes

Open Now

Regular Hours:

  • Monday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Friday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sunday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Category: Museums

Address: Vanier Park
1905 Ogden Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6J 1A3
Canada

Phone: +1 604-257-8300

Reviews

Yelp Rating:
4 out of 5 4 Star Rating
Based on 22 Reviews.

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5 Star Rating This is a small museum, but nicely done. The VERY BEST part is the staff. We were stranded there on a Friday afternoon and they made repeated calls to taxi... Read More

Dot R. Sep-14-2019

3 Star Rating 3.5 Stars We have been to the Discovery site in Glasgow. This reminded me of the site albeit on smaller scale. Very well laid out, excellent... Read More

Deb P. Sep-14-2019

4 Star Rating This was one of my favorite activities from Vancouver. I'm normally not a huge museum fan but this one is very unique and focuses mostly on the maritime... Read More

Abi O. Dec-10-2018

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Directions

SkyTrain Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Expo LineBurrard Station8 Minutes

How to get to Vancouver Maritime Museum by SkyTrain

From Burrard SkyTrain Station take the Burrard Street exit and catch either the #2 or #22 Macdonald going south on Burrard Street at the stop directly in front of the station. Take either bus to the Cypress Street Stop on Cornwall Avenue (less that 10 minutes). Walk straight north up Cypress Street to the museum which is located in the A-Frame building just inside the park.

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Check out this old video footage of the historic St. Roch, the centrepiece of the Vancouver Maritime Museum

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