Museums in Vancouver Canada

As Canada’s third largest city, Vancouver sits on the west coast of British Columbia. If you are a sports fan, you’re familiar with the Canucks and the BC Lions. And you may already know that it’s one of the cleanest cities in the world. But, perhaps you didn’t know about the many museums that keep the culture and history of Vancouver alive and ready for citizens and visitors.

Vancouver Police Museum is Canada’s only police museum. You won’t be sorry you added this location to your vacation itinerary. You’ll be intrigued with the history, mystery and crime when you playact at being a forensic scientist and see the coroner’s court. There are police uniforms from precincts around the world. Have fun sitting in a cop car, turning on the lights and wondering what your life could have been as an officer of the law.

Roedde House Museum features nine historic homes in Barclay Heritage Square, all built between 1890 and 1908. The museum is named after Gustav Roedde who was Vancouver’s first bookbinder. His restored Victorian house was built in 1893, the Roaedde House. There are guided tours as well as public lectures and concerts. The Roedde house is also available for weddings, receptions, films and meetings.

Irving House was the colonial home of Captain William Irving. It is a gift to the public to enjoy the grace and splendor of Vancouver’s pioneer days in the Victorian era. Bask in the presence of the elaborate fireplace, original wallpaper and ceiling plaster work. The guides are all dressed in period costumes, making you feel as though you’ve stepped back in time.

Canadian Museum of Flight and Transportation will walk you through Canada’s aviation history. Donated planes have been lovingly restored and are on display for visitors to enjoy. It’s located at Langley Regional Airport in a hanger of it’s own. Some of the out-of-commission planes you’ll see there are WWI aircraft, a 1930 Waco biplane, a 1942 Hampden bomber, a Douglas DC-3 transport and much more.

Vancouver Museum of Anthropology is entrusted with artifacts of the coastal Pacific peoples of the area of Vancouver as well as those from around the world. Although structured with concrete, this museum building looks as though it’s made of glass. The design was inspired by the architecture (post and beam) of the first peoples of the west coast of Canada. Some of the exhibitions you will see include Samoan Tattooing and Culture and the Koerner Ceramic Gallery.

Model Ships Museum is filled with large scale models of submarines, sailing ships and warships as well as tugs and steamers. It’s a great effort to preserve Vancouver’s marine heritage. It’s located on Granville Island along with the Sport Fishing Museum. Plan your trip to stop by any day except Mondays (when they are closed) 10:00 am to 5:30 pm.

Model Train Museum holds the largest collection of toy and model trains in the world. Exhibits include: The Royal Hudson, Lionel Trains, “G” Gage, “O” Gage, Standard Gage, Steam Locomotives and many others.

Burnaby Village Museum is a traditional Canadian tram stop village complete with heritage and replica buildings. You’ll find costumed village citizens in homes, businesses and shops giving demonstrations of life and work in a time long past. Watch as the blacksmith forges, a mother churning butter and a teacher in the schoolhouse. Finish the day with a turn on the 1912 historic CW Parker Carousel.

Vancouver Museum is located in beautiful Vanier Park, in the middle of the city skyline, mountains and ocean views. The largest civic museum of Canada houses over 100,000 items in their impressive collection. Permanent exhibitions tell the story of Vancouver from the early 1900s. Don’t miss exhibits: Boom, Bust and War, The 50s Gallery, The Gateway to the Pacific and You Say You Want Revolution.

Jewish Museum and Archives of BC covers 150 years of Jewish history and culture in British Columbia. Also included are the Nemetz Jewish Community Archives Reference Room available for research and genealogy searches. Genealogy research help is available. It’s open Sunday through Thursdays, 10 am to 5 pm.

Alder Grove Telephone Museum takes you back to the time of “party lines,”  renting your telephone and dials on the face of the phone. You’ll see all methods of telephone communications including porcelain insulators, switchboards, telephone tools and much more. Admission by donation.

British Columbia Farm Machinery Museum – If old steam tractors, plows, reapers, threshers and other farm equipment interest you this museum will make your day. It’s Just across the street from Fort Wayne which is also an interesting destination. Make it a day and visit both locations. It’s budget friendly with kids under the age of six getting free admission.

BC Golf Museum is the perfect change of pace for the golfing vacationer. View golfing history along with exhibits of old golf clubs, photos, trophies as well as archives and library. Follow the history of golf clubs from hickory to graphite and show your respects to the heroes of golf through the decades. The history of British Columbia golf courses and their design and architecture is an education any golf lover won’t mind.

Old Hastings Mill Store Museum, circa 1865, is believed to be the oldest Vancouver building still standing. Although not in it’s original location , it now resides at Alma and Point Grey Road, it survived the 1886 fire. Old Hastings was originally call the Pioneer Museum, but it never stuck and just seemed to fade away as it’s official title. At has a large collection of pioneer and Native American artifacts on display.