The Vancouver Police Museum Entrance Thank You Banner

Donate Now!

The Vancouver Police Museum happily accepts any donation amount. Large or small, every amount is considered a generous contribution towards the preservation and continuation of an important Vancouver landmark. Donations of over $100 receive a charitable tax receipt.

Purchase your rare print of the Vancouver Police Museum online!

Tom Carter Prints/Canvases

Support the Museum by Purchasing a Rare Painting of the Museum

About the Painting: Throughout the worst years of the Great Depression, the Vancouver Police Department struggled to maintain order over a city beset with violence, corruption, and ever-increasing numbers of unemployed men travelling west in search of jobs. The early 1930s had seen year-over-year reductions in officers' pay, and a good many beat cops resorted to taking bribes in order to make ends meet. On a cold day in 1935, the Chief Constable and detective unit were stripped of their badges, and anxiety was high over who might be next to end up on the bread line—or in jail.

Vancouver artist Tom Carter's painting of the Coroner's Court (now the Vancouver Police Museum) and 1915 VPD station depicts a dark day in the history of the VPD, but one that also promises hope. As a West Coast sunset warms the cold January sky, constables gather at the end of their shift to share the news on the latest developments. Change is already underway in the new Chief's office, and hope is on the horizon. Order your photo print or giclee canvas online and pick it up at the museum, or get it shipped! This is a unique gift that will delight any history and art lover!


Buy Tom Carter Artwork

By purchasing one of these rare prints or canvases, you will directly support The Vancouver Police Museum. You can purchase your artwork online and pick it up at the museum for free.

If you wish to have your print or canvas shipped, please call the museum to arrange at 604-665-3346. Domestic and international shipping fees will be added to your purchase at that time.

All purchases included taxes.

About Tom Carter

Vancouver artist Tom Carter paints and studies a Vancouver that is both long gone and eternally under the surface. He paints rain-soaked urban landscapes in acrylic that evoke the smell of coal smoke on the salt air of False Creek, the rattle of streetcars against the rumble of the sawmills. Even though this particular city is gone, its spirit is unchanged and recognizable.

Carter’s work is found in corporate and private collections throughout the Pacific Northwest. His views of our city can be found in the collections of BMO Harris Private Banking, TD Waterhouse, Harper Grey LLP, Rositch Hemphill Architects, BC College of Physicians, among others.

Currently, Carter has been concentrating on the study of Vancouver’s entertainment history and serves on the boards of the Vancouver Historical Society, Friends of the Vancouver City Archives and the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame.



The Vancouver Police Museum is grateful for the trust it receives from its donors. All collection, preservation, storage and interpretation practices follow the Canadian Museum Code of Ethics and the BC Museum Association Standards and Best Practices. Walk-in artefact donations cannot be accepted. Please contact the Museum Curator in advance to discuss and arrange donations. Email: or call 604-665-3346

Post a comment

All Rights Reserved