Charitable Giving

Your support is essential to sustaining all that you value about the Vancouver Maritime Museum: our outstanding permanent collection; continued relevant and compelling exhibitions; engaging and accessible education programs; and more.

How is the Maritime Museum Funded? 

The Vancouver Maritime Museum Society is a federally registered non-profit (CRA# 119261147 RR0001) created to operate and support the Vancouver Maritime Museum. 

Many people do not realize that the museum is not a government institution and that the museum operates with both public and private funding.   

In fact, the public sector funds less than half of the museum’s operations and to make up the difference--to save treasures, to mount exhibitions, to provide educational programs and to serve the needs of the community--the Vancouver Maritime Museum raises funds for its operations from a variety of sources including: donations, memberships, admissions, sponsorships, investments, and rentals.

What do we need money for?

Your donations provide the means to: 

  • collect and preserve our maritime heritage
  • provide public access to our heritage through displays and exhibitions
  • provide educational programs to children and adults

You can choose to make a general donation to support the work of the Vancouver Maritime Museum, or you can select a specific area or activity that you wish to support such as:

  • RCMP St. Roch
  • Submersible Ben Franklin
  • Collections
  • Heritage Harbour
  • Library
  • Educational Programs
  • Endowment
  • Exhibitions

How can I make a donation?

Donate online or

Email: Please send an inquiry to
Download and print the donation form and fax the completed form to 604-737-2621

or mail  to:

Donations at Vancouver Maritime Museum
1905 Ogden Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6J 1A3

How will my donation be recognized?

The Vancouver Maritime Museum will recognize your gift in a way that meets your individual needs. Your gift will go the program of your choice or to programs with the greatest need.  We welcome planned giving and living legacy giving.

Thank you - Your donations help the museum to continue to save the treasures and legacies of the past to inspire and educate today and for the future.