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Vancouver Police Museum

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Address: 240 Cordova St E | Gastown, Vancouver, British Columbia V6A 1L3, Canada
Phone Number: +1 604-665-3346
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Housed in Vancouver's former city morgue, this museum displays thie history...

Housed in Vancouver's former city morgue, this museum displays thie history of crime and law enforcement in Vancouver. Displays include historical crimes, tools for scientific (forensic) investigation and more.

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Good Value, amazing artifacts

There is a great multifaceted exhibit that looks into gang violence. Very informative. Other exhibits focuse on weapons, counterfeiting, murder, death and disease, police history... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Bellingham, Washington
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Bellingham, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There is a great multifaceted exhibit that looks into gang violence. Very informative. Other exhibits focuse on weapons, counterfeiting, murder, death and disease, police history. There are many things for kids to do (dress up in police uniforms, think and learn). We spent about an hour and a half here. It is in a very poor area of town, but... More 

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Stirling, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Small but perfectly formed museum! Lovely staff to greet you! Lots of interesting stuff - hours of fun on the photo fit computer! Morgue was a bit eerie but a must see. BUT don't walk up West Hastings Street to get there, bit scary with all the vagrants injecting drugs openly. Feels very unsafe - one Street either side better.... More 

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Mission, BC, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

The Vancouver Police Museum offers walking tours of either the red light district (which we took part in) and the Opium dens. Our tour guide led us through the streets of Vancouver taking us to the past when the red light district was running rampant as the ladies called out to the men who built this city. A wonderful tour... More 

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Camarillo, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

My husband and I decided to stop by on our last day in Vancouver. The museum takes up one floor only and at first glance it doesn't look like there's much to see, but we ended up spending almost two hours here. It's situated in the city's old morgue, which adds a cool element. They actually still have the original... More 

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Redlands, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

Good rainy day activity! You will spend about 2 hours there looking through many interesting exhibits and reading stories of crimes happened in Vancouver. Autopsy room was also interesting! I had no idea Canada had active mafia and gang like Chicago! The street that we walk to get there is filled with homeless. People smoking weed in open - little... More 

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Ely, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

I am not a museum person, but I found this fascinating and hard hitting. However, I would probably think twice before taking young children there. The museum featured, among other things, details of Vancouver gang problems, confiscated weapons, real exhibits of drugs and explanations about them, cells and a morgue with real body parts lining the wall. (One reviewer complained... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Really gutted because I missed this...only in Vancouver on Sunday and Monday. Should have read the guidebook and planned better because it looks really fun!

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

This is an interesting museum as it gives the history of the Vancouver Police. It is located on the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. This building was once the Coroner’s Court, City Morgue, and the City Crime Labs. It is the oldest Police Museum in North America. To get to the exhibits floor, there are 2 flights of stairs in addition... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

I took my boys here for a recent visit. Kids 5 and under are free. Admission is comparable with most other attractions. There are several interactive displays along with themed areas. The museum highlights the history of the Vancouver Police since it's beginings in 1886. The museum is located in the old city Analysts Lab( the old city morgue). The... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

Kids and I were done in 20 mins Poor effort in presentation Minimal interactive activities for young kids Heavy emphasis on reading text on the walls Not much to keep interest of young kids

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A visit to Gastown is like turning back the clock and stepping into a bygone era. With the distinction of being Vancouver's oldest neighborhood, the many plaques that stud the cobbled streets of Gastown tell the story of its colorful past, giving Vancouver's history a more lively presence here than anywhere else. Having been originally founded around a popular worker's saloon, it's no wonder that today some of Vancouver's best micro-breweries, creative cocktail joints, and corner bars can be found in this area. Classical charm suffuses its many vintage boutiques and the brick-built structures that an army of creative professionals call home.
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