Museum FAQs

With thousands of objects and dozens of interactive displays, there's something for everyone at the Vancouver Maritime Museum.

How long does it take to tour through the museum?

A typical visit takes between 1 ½  to 2 hours.

How do I get there?

The Vancouver Maritime Museum is located in Vanier Park, in the Kitsilano area of Vancouver. The museum is accessible by car, public transit, tour bus, ferry, bike, and by foot.

Is the museum appropriate for children?

Absolutely. The Vancouver Maritime Museum has something for everyone. With a focus on exploration and learning, the museum has recently renovated the Children’s Maritime Discovery Centre. With lots of hands-on displays, children of all ages have plenty to do!

Also, the Vancouver Maritime Museum is happy to host your child’s birthday party. Click here for more information.

What exhibits are on now?

The Vancouver Maritime Museum strives to offer engaging, relevant, and historically important exhibits that reflect our local maritime history and culture. Check EXHIBITS AND COLLECTIONS for current and upcoming exhibits.

When are you open?

WINTER HOURS OF OPERATION
Tuesday - Saturday/Holidays: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday: noon to 5:00 pm
Monday: closed

SUMMER HOURS OF OPERATION
Monday – Sunday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

For visitor information, please phone 604-257-8300.

Is there parking?

Pay Parking is available adjacent to the museum.
Please allow 1 ½ to 2 hours for your visit to the museum. 

I am a teacher, where can I get information about museum programs?

The Vancouver Maritime Museum offers school programs for classes from preschool to high school. All of our programs are designed to assist teachers in meeting the requirements of the BC social studies and science curriculum.

For more information on booking your class or to contact our Programs Officer programs@vanmaritime.com

Or go to our Programs Page

Careers at the museum

The Vancouver Maritime Museum is an equal opportunity employer.

From time to time the museum may have an opening for full-time or part-time employment. Areas of opportunity may be in curatorial, conservation, registration, education, personnel, finance, or public relations.

Some positions at the museum are out-sourced, for example, security and front-of-house personnel. There are also contractors working at the museum performing a range of jobs.

Volunteering at the museum is another type of employment. Although it does not offer remuneration, it provides opportunities to participate in many exciting activities and programs of the Vancouver Maritime Museum. 

Current available job opportunities will be posted. Although, the museum may not be recruiting at this time, we encourage you to contact a staff member in your area of interest. CONTACT US.

Can I rent the museum for an event?

The Vancouver Maritime Museum is an extraordinary venue for hosting group functions, whether it is a wedding, meeting, or reception. Check our YOUR EVENT AT THE MUSEUM page for more information.

You can also contact operations@vanmaritime.com or call 604-257-8310

What types of volunteers do you need?

The museum recruits for a number of different volunteer roles: education, programs, curatorial, and special events. For more information on how you can volunteer at the museum check Volunteering.

I am doing research on a maritime topic; can I use your library?

The W B and M H Chung Library is open to the public, by appointment. The Library is open on Tuesday and Wednesday from 12:30 to 4:30 pm. Appointments may be made by contacting the Librarian at archives@vanmaritime.com, or by telephone at 604-257-3099.

Please refer to our Reference Room Guidelines. Researchers may bring laptop computers as the Library does not provide computers for word processing or other software applications. 

You may also download a copy of our Schedule of Fees for Reproduction Services.

How do I borrow a book from the Library?

The Library is a non-lending reference library; all materials must stay within the building. However, we will find you a comfortable place to read.

Can archival material be loaned out?

Except in unusual circumstances, archival materials cannot be loaned to organizations or individuals. Archives are, by definition unique. If they are lost, they cannot be replaced. However, archival materials can be reproduced upon request. Information about reproduction services is available. 

How can I access your photo archives?

A portion of the photograph collection is available online through the Northern Heritage images database. It contains over 2,500 images related to the Arctic and the St. Roch, the first vessel to transit the Northwest Passage and the first vessel to circumnavigate the entire North American continent. Click here to enter the database http://bcheritage.ca/northernheritage/

More information about our archives can be found on our Library or Archives page. Please feel free to contact archives@vanmaritime.com for more information.

You may also download a copy of our Schedule of Fees for Reproduction Services.

Are you a not-for-profit?

Yes, the Vancouver Maritime Museum Society is a registered non-profit 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.

Our charitable number is CRA# 119261147 RR0001

For more information about how you can help the museum go to Support Us. 

Do you have a gift shop?

Yes, the Vancouver Maritime Museum operates a lovely gift shop in the main lobby. The museum is one of the only shops in the city to offer model ship kits.

When is the Gift Shop open?

The Maritime Gift Ship is open during regular museum hours and offers a variety of beautiful gift ideas, including:

  • Beginner to intermediate model kits, including a beautiful replica of St. Roch. Partial proceeds from the sale of this kit supports St. Roch's preservation.
  • Pirate books and other pirate paraphernalia
  • Hard to find maritime history books
  • St. Roch souvenirs
  • Stickers and activity books for children of all ages

Do you have a café?

We do not have a café area at this time. Please note that the museum does not allow food or beverages in the gallery or exhibit areas.

How can I get more info about upcoming events and exhibits?

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Can I donate an artefact to the Museum?

All potential donations are assessed according to condition, relevancy, and duplication with the existing collection. Photos of each item are then presented to the Collection Committee to review. If we cannot accommodate your item, we can recommend other potential repositories for your consideration. Museum staff are not qualified to provide you with appraisal values for your objects or records but they can provide you with the contact information for local, professional qualified appraisers.

We do not accept “walk-in” donations - please call ahead to speak with the Curator, 604-257-8307.

Can I volunteer in the museum’s collection?

The museum’s collection department periodically has volunteer opportunities for both short-term, project based and long-term assignments. Please contact the museum’s Volunteer Coordinator to learn more. Email programs@vanmaritime.com