The Incredible History of The Penthouse: A Vancouver Landmark Weathers 70 Years of Change

By Sheena Koo There aren’t many Vancouver establishments—without heritage designation—that remain standing these days. The Starfish Room, The Cave, The Ridge, Pantages Theatre along with countless others have all disappeared with the times, taking with them irreplaceable history and stories that will never get told. All around the city, relics

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Author Eve Lazarus Takes Us Inside the Milkshake Murder (Video)

Eve Lazarus, author of Murder by Milkshake,  joined us at The Vancouver Police Museum to talk about her fascinating investigation into the murder of Esther Castellani. Learn about her discoveries and connection to our museum in this video.  The Milkshake Murder On July 11th, 1965, Esther Castellani was pronounced dead after

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Photograph of Pekin Chop Suey, the Bank of Vancouver and a hand cart in Vancouver's Chinatown in 1910. Image Credit: Vancouver Archives Vancouver Archives :AM54-S4-2-: CVA 371-2116

Sins of the City Tours: Inside Vice, Dice and Opium Pipes!

Our Sins of the City tours are back in full swing for and we wanted to give you a sneak peek inside one of our most popular ones: Vice, Dice and Opium Pipes. Led by city expert Catherine Driver, we caught up with her to learn more about this tour

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The 2011 Stanley Cup Riot, Speaker Series Presentation May 8th at The Vancouver Police Museum.

Alcohol: What Fuelled the 2011 Stanley Cup Riot

On the evening of June 15th, 2011, Vancouver’s downtown core erupted into the city’s most destructive riot to date. It was the deciding game of the Stanley Cup finals, the Vancouver Canucks had been slugging it out against the Boston Bruins for six tense games. Over 100,000 fans were packed

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[Police Chief Walter Mulligan and Superintendant John Fisk at the police probe] General material designation Photograph Title statements of responsibility W. Cunningham Vancouver Daily Province Level of description Item Reference code AM54-S4-2-: CVA 371-230

The Rise and Fall of Vancouver’s Top Cop in the 1950s

1950s Vancouver was an idyllic time for many. The city had just a few skyscrapers, with the Hotel Vancouver and the Marine Building standing as the city’s tallest; most of the growing communities retained their neighbourhood charm and quaint customs; while wholesome family ideals remained paramount in ads from Canadian

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New Photographic Exhibit at The Vancouver Police Museum: Keeping Your Community Safe: A photographic journey of the VPD

Behind Our Newest Photo Exhibit with Photographer Julie Scott

  We see and hear about The Vancouver Police Department through the lens of the news and media, but rarely through the eyes of the officers themselves. Behind the scenes, there are many moments of tenderness, happiness and beyond—each showing a different side to the VPD that is relatable and unfiltered.

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A History of Women in the Vancouver Police Department

During the early 1910s, the women’s suffrage movement was in full swing. Women’s rights groups were firmly established and boasted vast memberships. One such organization was the Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU), a group founded on the tenets of evangelical protestant beliefs. While the WCTU is best known today as

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The entrance to 238 East Cordova Street, which served as the City Analyst’s Laboratory from 1932 to 1996. Photo VPMA photo collection P04708.

The City Analyst’s Lab: Vancouver’s History as a Forensic Pioneer

As visitors to the Vancouver Police Museum peruse the artefacts on display or read about unsolved murders, they stand, many unknowingly, above an 86 year old time capsule. Just one floor below the museum lies the abandoned City Analyst Laboratory. Antiquated chromatographs and centrifuges can be found tucked away in

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The History of the Coroner’s Court, Part 3: The Bingo

This is part three of our series on the history of the Coroner’s Court. The Bingo The former Coroner’s Court has been home to some dramatic moments. The very purpose of the place was to investigate death, and this in itself was already a macabre theme. Accordingly, inquests held in

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The History of The Coroner’s Court, Part 2: The Brilliant, Whiskey-Loving Coroner

This is part 2 of our 3-part series on The History of The Coroner’s Court: “We have been inquiring to the best of our abilities into the circumstances of someone’s death. That person cannot, of course, be with us today in this courtroom. But, if he, or she, could be

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