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Ever since it opened its doors back in 1959, the Vancouver Maritime Museum has been providing visitors with unforgettable experiences. Whether it be the more than 15,000 artifacts in its permanent gallery, its temporary exhibitions or its centrepiece, the RCMPV St. Roch (a full-sized historic vessel suspended in the facility's main hall), the museum has, for generations, been a gathering place for casual visitors and maritime enthusiasts of all stripes.

“I remember coming for a school program when I was little and going on the St. Roch,” recalls program coordinator, Talya Fuchs. “I still remember certain things: I remember looking into the galley and seeing the cornflakes, and being fascinated by the fact that, 'Wow! This was real! People lived here!' I think it's fascinating for young kids because it's this big, intricate, amazing piece of real history.”

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Kid-friendly Vancouver museums for the whole family

Kid-friendly Vancouver museums for the whole family

Located in Vanier Park, this maritime museum is a great way to spend a couple of hours. Try on an old-fashioned diving headpiece, explore the St. Roch (the first ship to completely circumnavigate North America), and watch videos on Vancouver's maritime history. Little ones will have a blast building underwater robots and dressing up like a pirate in the kids' area, but everyone is sure to have a great time at this nautical themed spot. It's a little old-fashioned but well worth a visit and quite affordable.

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Dockside date-night ideas along False Creek

Dockside date-night ideas along False Creek

What better destination for a date that starts on a boat than a museum that features a historic artic exploration vessel (the St. Roch) as its main exhibit? With models and recreations of many more ships and a large collection of maritime art, the museum offers insight into Canada’s seafaring history.

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Holiday gift ideas for art and culture lovers in Vancouver

Chart a course for this must-see attraction in Vanier Park and pick up an annual museum membership for your nautically inclined pals. First established in 1959, the Vancouver Maritime Museum features dozens of interactive displays and specialized exhibits on the historic oceans and waterways of the Pacific Northwest and Arctic. The museum is also home to more than 15,000 remarkable maritime objects, including naval uniforms and navigational tools. Annual memberships are priced at $45 for individuals and $63 for families and include unlimited museum access and discounted pricing for special events and activities.

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