Full exhibition opens Nov. 1st — Sneak peak during October
Join the museum, Chief Palmer and the rest of the VPD in celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the VPD Traffic Section with the opening of our new exhibit. Museum entry is free all day, speeches and performances begin at 3:00pm.
Behind the Lines: A Traffic Story—Fasten your seatbelts for our new exhibit! This wild ride will take you behind the lines and through the history of Vancouver’s street safety, from carriages, cars and prohibition to motorcycles, riots and beyond!
Since the introduction of automobiles, street traffic has become an important part of our modern world. It shapes cities and the way we interact with our surrounding environment. It determines factors like how fast we drive and whether we wait for people to cross the street. Without these traffic rules, the safety of pedestrians, passengers and cyclists would be in danger at all times. But, the city wasn’t always this way. There was a time when the streets were untamed and reckless danger lurked around every road bend.
Behind the Lines takes an in-depth look at the history of Vancouver’s streets through a law enforcement lens. See how the rules of the road developed over the past century, addressing new challenges, modes of transportation and technology. From adapting the road rules for carriages, pedestrians and cars all the way to using police traffic squads for riot control, the narrative behind all our current road safety standards is fast-paced and fascinating.
Interested in this new exhibit? Buy your online admission to the museum and get access to our historic City Morgue and Autopsy Suite, True Crimes Exhibit and other fascinating artefacts with your admission!