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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 crimesfeaturing real evidence and artefacts from the investigations.

Please note: as we are a heritage building, we do not have an elevator or wheelchair access.  Those with mobility concerns should call the museum at (604) 665-3346 for more information.

Admission Prices

[ From August 25th to September 15th receive discounted admission to see True Crime while we undergo renovations ]

  • $12  Adult
  • $10  Senior / Student (ID required)
  • $8    Youth (6-18)
  • $30  Family (2 adults & 2 youth)
  • Children 5 and under are free
  • Self-Guided Group rates: We offer a $2 discount off regular admission price for groups of 10 or more. Group bookings must be booked over the phone.
  • Private museum tour: $40 (60-minute tour)

Tours and Education

The Vancouver Police Museum offers a wide range of tours and educational programs for adults, children and schools. To learn more about each, click Education or Events. You can also:

Contact Us

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 info@vancouverpolicemuseum.ca

Research or archives access | research@vancouverpolicemuseum.ca


Our Experiences

 

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 offer a wide range of educational tours for students of all ages and grades. Additionally, we hold ESL tours and private group tours. To learn more about our programs and rates, click on the icon, or contact 604.665.3346 or info@vancouverpolicemuseum.ca.

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!

Comments(4)

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    Libby says

    Hi I was wondering where would be best to park a school bus as have a workshop booked for next Wednesday do my kindergarten class. Thank you

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      VPMGordon says

      Hello Libby,

      Thank you for reaching out to the museum. We only have street parking in the area. You will find the closest garage is at Cordova St. and Columbia St.
      Depending on the time of day and amount of time you will spend (drop off/pick up only or parking for the duration of the field trip) in the past some buses have found metered parking on the street on the Cordova St. east of Gore St.

      Thank you!

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    Taly Oked says

    Hello friend
    We are two policemen from Israel
    And would like to visit your museum
    Is there a special visit to the police?
    We want to arrive on Wednesday, 12/09/2018
    What time is it best to visit?
    Thanks
    Taly

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      VPMGordon says

      Hi Taly,

      Thanks for your interest. Our hours are Tues–Sat: 9AM – 5PM. We are CLOSED on Sundays, Mondays, and Stat Holidays. We are generally less busy in the morning, but every day is different. Call us the day before your visit and we can also answer any other questions you might have. You can also buy general admission tickets here: https://vancouverpolicemuseum.ca/checkout/ They are good for any general admission visit during regular business hours.

      Thanks!

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