Education Programmes and Tours

Walking the Beat (16 yrs old+)

Suitable for older students, this tour explores the history, social issues and law enforcement challenges of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Learn about the important history of labour, racial tensions, and police corruption in early Vancouver. This is an outdoor walking tour around the Downtown Eastside and Chinatown. Please dress weather-appropriately. Duration: approx. 2 hours Capacity: 10-20 Cost: $11.00/student To book your Walking the Beat tour, click the button below and choose a date and time in the calendar. Questions? Download our Education PDF, email learning@vancouverpolicemuseum.ca, or call 604.665.3346   For full program details, please download our Education PDF.

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Vancouver Police Museum Investigation Fun

Kidnapping Investigation (14 yrs old+)

The City Analyst has gone missing! It’s up to your team of detectives to solve the case. Looking at all the collected material, including crime scene, impressions and DNA evidence, piece together the connections between the suspects and the sequence of events leading up to our Analyst’s kidnapping. Can you save our City Analyst and uncover the suspect’s motive? Duration: 1 hour Capacity: 10-30 Cost: $5.50/student Combine a Kidnapping program with a Museum Discovery Tour – only $8.50/student! To book your Kidnapping Investigation, click the button below and choose a date and time in the calendar. Questions? Download our Education PDF below or email/call us at learning@vancouverpolicemuseum.ca | 604.665.3346   For full program details, please download our Education PDF.      

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Break & Enter Investigation (10-13 yrs old)

Our Break & Enter Investigation Program is perfect for junior detectives looking to hone their skills in analyzing forensic evidence. From fingerprints to ballistics, and chromatography, detectives will work in small teams and follow the clues that point to the suspects responsible for the Break and Enter at the City Analyst’s Lab. Duration: 1 hour Capacity: 10-30 Cost: $5.50/student Combine a Break & Enter program with a Museum Discovery Tour – only $8.50/student! *This program is also language appropriate for teenage and adult ESL students. To book your Break & Enter Investigation, click the button below and choose a date and time in the calendar. Questions? Download our Education PDF, email learning@vancouverpolicemuseum.ca, or call 604.665.3346   For full program details, please download our Education PDF.

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Mini Police Academy (5-9 yrs old)

Perfect for our youngest junior detectives, this program combines learning about the history of the VPD and a look at our current exhibits with games, storytelling and arts and crafts. There’ll be time to try on real historical police uniforms, see the old jail cell and design your own police badge. Duration: 1.5 hours Capacity: 10-20 Cost: $7.50/student To book your Mini Police Academy, click the button below and choose a date and time in the calendar. Questions? Download our Education PDF, email learning@vancouverpolicemuseum.ca, or call 604.665.3346   For full program details, please download our Education PDF.

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Museum Discovery Tour

Museum Discovery Tour (All ages)

Join us for a guided tour of our current exhibits and historical spaces in the museum, including the former Coroner’s Courtroom, City Morgue and Autopsy Facilities. Learn about the history and significance of the City Analyst’s Lab and their role in developing forensic technology. Duration: 1 hour Capacity: 10-30 Cost: $5.50/student Combine a Museum Discovery Tour with 1 of our Investigation programs – only $8.50/student! To book your Museum Discovery Tour, click the button below and choose a date and time in the calendar. Questions? Download our Education PDF, email learning@vancouverpolicemuseum.ca, or call 604.665.3346   For full program details, please download our Education PDF.

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Inspector Percy Easler developing a fingerprint enlargement (1960s). Photo: VMPA photo collection P00048.

City Analyst’s Lab and Archives Tour

The Vancouver Police Museum is home to thousands of rare archives from decades past. From turn-of-the-century mugshots to real evidence from the city’s most famous crimes, this precious history is carefully maintained by our specialists—all of whom spend countless hours categorizing, preserving, and documenting our archives every week. A once-in-a-lifetime experience, you can discover the former City Analyst’s Lab (not open to the public) during our tour while uncovering a wealth of preserved history that many have never seen before.  Learn more about the former City Analyst’s Lab here! City Analyst’s Lab and Archives Tour Cost: $8 per student (ID required) $10 per adult City Analyst’s Lab and Archives Tour Overview Introduction to The Vancouver Police Museum and its history Introduction to the former City Analyst Lab downstairs Archives Presentation: learn key terms, research conduct, research request guidelines, proper archive handling and Police Museum archive history and facts. View the Archives Room, A/V Collection and Library Learn about and view Project “Mugshot Mayhem” View lab equipment hall Explore the main lab with presentations of

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