The Vancouver Police Museum Experience
Set in the heart of Old Vancouver, between the historic Chinatown and Gastown districts, The Vancouver Police Museum offers a one-of-a-kind learning experience. As North America’s oldest police museum, it is set in the original Coroner’s Court, City Morgue and Autopsy Facility, which is over 80 years old. Housing over 20,000 rare artefacts, photos and archival documents, in addition to unique crime related items like confiscated weapons and counterfeit currency, our exhibits tell the story of Vancouver's policing history, from its beginnings in the lawless "Wild West" to its current-day initiatives for the community.
What to Expect
Upon arrival, you will immediately notice our beautiful building, which dates back to 1932, and was once used as a hospital during the Battle of Ballantyne Pier. An official Vancouver heritage building, it was also the Coroner’s Court and autopsy facility (until 1980) and the City Analyst’s laboratory (until 1996). Inside the museum you'll discover a wide array of exhibits, including those that explore the foundations of Vancouver's police force, and its current-day initiatives, such as gang control. There are also many fun activities to enjoy, such as criminal artist sketching stations, educational video games, mock crime scenes and more. One of our most popular attractions is the original Coroner's Court morgue and autopsy facility. This historical setting also plays host to "True Crimes," our exciting exhibit on Vancouver's most notorious crimes—featuring real evidence and artefacts from the investigations.
- $12 Adult
- $10 Senior / Student (ID required)
- $8 Youth (6-18)
- $30 Family (2 adults & 2 youth)
- Children 5 and under are free
- Group rates: We offer a $2 discount off regular admission price for groups of 10 or more
- Private museum tour: $40 (60 minute tour).
Tours and Education
Holiday Closure: Dec. 10 - 26 the museum will be closed.
Holiday Hours: Dec 27-Dec 30 11:00am-5:00pm
Opening Hours | Tuesday to Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm
General enquiries | 604.665.3346 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Research or archives access | email@example.com
Our Historic Tours Will Return Spring 2018! Our historic Vancouver walking tours take you through the city's most famed areas for corruption, crime and nefarious activities. Join us this spring as we uncover Gastown and Chinatown's darkest secrets and stories.
We have a fascinating array of permanent and temporary exhibits to explore. Learn about Vancouver's most famous crimes in "True Crimes," or discover what Vancouver's Gang Crime Unit is all about in "Turf Wars." Educational, thrilling and captivating, our museum offers so much to see and do!