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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

  • $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

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

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 Vancouver's most famed areas for corruption, crime and nefarious activities. Learn about famed criminals, gangsters and illegal sites, while also viewing modern-day Chinatown, Gastown and their colourful heritage buildings.

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!

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