Explore the city's history of law enforcement and crime with a visit to Vancouver Police Museum & Archives, the oldest police museum in North America. The museum was inaugurated in 1986, with the building having spent the previous century as the coroner's court and autopsy lab. Follow the history of crime in Vancouver, illustrated with over 20,000 artifacts, documents, and photographs chronicling over 125 years of law enforcement. These include confiscated firearms, counterfeit currency, and various other memorabilia. Younger visitors may enjoy the tours offered by the museum catering specifically to kids. For Vancouver Police Museum & Archives and beyond, use our Vancouver trip planner to get the most from your Vancouver vacation.
Vancouver Police Museum & Archives Reviews
An interesting, very well run specialty museum, in the perfect, historically relevant space. Interesting collection, great events, friendly and efficient staff. Recommended for visitors (don't be afra... more »
This museum is short walk from waterfront (some visitors may want to avoid E Hastings street due to the number of homeless). It’s an interesting museum with many police exhibits. As others have said, ... more »
An interesting piece of Vancouver history it is such a shame about the location. But life is what it is the good the bad and the ugly and all of the above are in large does around this location. Have warned friends and family before they make the journey there to be prepared to see the true dark side of Vancouver's Downtown East Side. Would not recommend anyone wear any open toed shoes going to this museum due to the nature of the area. (Just google it and it will all be there) But on to the review of the Museum itself. Was once the morgue of Vancouver back in the day. Due to the fact that it is an old heritage building it is not wheel chair accessible and for anyone with any kind of mobility problems I might encourage you to pass. Since to access it you have to go up a set of steep stairs. Lots of historical pictures and fact can be found here. And they actually have movie nights in the morgue. I kid you not. Closed on Sundays and Mondays. Can arrange a tour which if you have the time and money I would encourage anyone to do since have a curated tour would give you a better understanding of the place and its rich history. For less than $15 bucks a great peek into a sample of Vancouver's history. If walking I would encourage people to access it via Gastown walking along W Cordova Street. That way you can avoid the Hastings and Main area all together.
Worth a visit, quite small so can be seen fairly quickly. The neighbourhood is what we got told was not a nice area. But still felt safe, but you can see why the locals said that.
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