The Franklin Exploration micro-exhibit highlights the story of the expedition as well as the discovery of HMS Erebus.

Now on display!

 

A Parks Canada underwater archaeologist collects a marine biological sample from the hull of HMS Erebus. Her final resting place is a mere 11 meters from the surface of the water. 

The Vancouver Maritime Museum is partnering with the Royal Ontario Museum and Parks Canada as part of the Franklin Museum Network; a collective of 10 Canadian Museums who will share the ongoing story of the Franklin Expedition through pop-up displays and programming. 

Upcoming Events

The Franklin Expedition: Artifact Exploration

Thursday, May 19th, 2016, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

On May 19, 1845, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, under the command of Sir John Franklin, set sail from England on an ill-fated voyage in search of the Northwest Passage, never to return.

To commemorate the anniversary of this significant event, Museum visitors are invited to view and handle reproductions of real artifacts rescued from Sir John Franklin’s HMS Erebus. Examine an illuminator, a Blue Willow Pattern plate, and a small 3D replica of the HMS Erebus bell, and try your hands at writing underwater like a Parks Canada diver! While you’re at it, view our feature exhibit, Across the Top of the World: Quest for the Northwest Passage

Past Events

Thursday April 21st, 6:00pm - 7:00pm RSVP here

LECTURE: THE FRANKLIN EXPEDITION AND ITS LEGACY

The third lecture in our Extremem Explorer Lecture Series discusses the ill-fated Franklin Expedition and the legacy it left behind. Visitors will be able to view and handle reproductions of real artifacts rescued from Sir John Franklin’s HMS Erebus. Examine an illuminator, a Blue Willow Pattern plate, and a small 3D replica of the HMS Erebus bell.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

LIVE ONLINE STREAMING PRESENTATION

11:00 am PST, Online here: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/culture/franklin/index.aspx

Join Parks Canada and its museum partners across Canada for an online, interactive presentation about Parks Canada’s Franklin Expedition search and new discoveries.

PARKS CANADA INTERPRETATION AT THE VANCOUVER MARITIME MUSEUM 

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Vancouver Maritime Museum

Museum visitors are invited to view and handle reproductions of real artifacts rescued from Sir John Franklin’s HMS Erebus. Examine an illuminator, a Blue Willow Pattern plate, and a small 3D replica of the HMS Erebus bell, and try your hands at writing underwater like a Parks Canada diver!

 

Thursday, March 24, 2016

PARKS CANADA INTERPRETATION AT THE VANCOUVER MARITIME MUSEUM

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Vancouver Maritime Museum

Museum visitors are invited to view and handle reproductions of real artifacts rescued from Sir John Franklin’s Erebus. Examine an illuminator, a Blue Willow plate, and a small 3D replica of the HMS Erebus bell, and try your hands at writing underwater like a Parks Canada diver!

LECTURE: THE SEARCH FOR FRANKLIN'S LOST SHIPS AND THE DISCOVERY OF HMS EREBUS

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm, Vancouver Maritime Museum

Eventbrite - The Search for Franklin's Lost Ships & the Discovery of HMS Erebus

In 1845, explorer Sir John Franklin set sail from England with two ships, HMS Erebusand HMS Terror, in search of a Northwest Passage across what is now Canada's Arctic.

For over 150 years, expeditions have been sent to the Canadian Arctic in an attempt to learn the fate of the Franklin expedition. In 2014, there was a breakthrough when an expedition led by Parks Canada found the long-lost wreck of HMS Erebus. The efforts leading to this discovery have been led by Parks Canada since 2008, bringing together government and public, private, and non-profit organizations. The use of both state-of-the-art technology and 19th-century Inuit oral testimony made this historic find possible.

Marty Magne, Director of the Archaeology and History Branch with Parks Canada will share the story on this discovery and what it means to find this lost piece of Canadian history.