Flood at Vancouver Maritime Museum

In the early hours of Monday February 8th, 2016, there was a flood at the Vancouver Maritime Museum caused by a broken underground water pipe in Hadden Park and subsequent failure of a valve. Water entered the VMM basement to various depths of 1-3 inches.

The quick response of the VMM staff, the City of Vancouver, and a restoration company to remove the water and address the humidity and standing water damage prevented the situation getting worse. However, all areas of the basement suffered water damage. Fortunately, the main gallery areas of the VMM and the St Roch were not impacted, and the VMM was only closed for two days, although it took 8 weeks for the staff to get back into their basement offices.

Although some of the expenses incurred is covered by insurance, the VMM still has to find the money to cover things that are not.

We are asking you if you can help and make a donation. Every amount, no matter how small is greatly appreciated, particularly in these totally unforeseen circumstances. Donations of $20 or above will receive a tax receipt.

Our target is to raise $38,000.

Please take a moment to donate online by clicking here or by contacting us on 604-257-8300. You can also mail donations to: Vancouver Maritime Museum, 1905 Ogden Avenue, Vancouver B.C. V6J 1A3. 

On behalf of the whole VMM team, we’d like to thank you in advance for your support.


Ken Burton, Executive Director

Peter Burnard, President of the Board of Trustees

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