Vancouver Police Museum, Vancouver

Vancouver Police Museum, Vancouver

The Vancouver Police Museum, formerly known as the Vancouver Police Centennial Museum, was established in 1986 to honor the centennial anniversaries of both the Vancouver Police Department and the City of Vancouver, located in British Columbia. Housed within a building that once served as the Coroner’s Court and autopsy facilities until 1980, as well as the City Analyst’s laboratory until 1996, the museum holds a unique history. Notably, during the Battle of Ballantyne Pier in 1935, the Coroner's Court was temporarily transformed into a makeshift hospital by the police. The architectural design of this heritage building is credited to Arthur J. Bird.

With approximately 20,000 items in its collection, the museum showcases an array of treasures. Among these are archival records, photographs, publications, seized firearms, weaponry, counterfeit currency, and a diverse range of artifacts and mementos. Around 40% of this assortment is on display for visitors. As part of its offerings, the museum presents educational programs tailored for children and conducts guided walking tours in the surrounding area, focusing on the theme of "Sins of the City." Additionally, visitors can explore the on-site gift shop and stay informed through the museum's quarterly newsletter.

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Sight Name: Vancouver Police Museum
Sight Location: Vancouver, Canada (See walking tours in Vancouver)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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Create Your Own Walk in Vancouver

Create Your Own Walk in Vancouver

Creating your own self-guided walk in Vancouver is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Granville Island Walking Tour

Granville Island Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 Km or 0.7 Miles
Vancouver Yaletown Walking Tour

Vancouver Yaletown Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 Km or 1.1 Miles
Vancouver Introduction Walking Tour

Vancouver Introduction Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 Km or 2.3 Miles
Vancouver Downtown Walking Tour

Vancouver Downtown Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 Km or 2.3 Miles
Gastown Walking Tour

Gastown Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 Km or 1.3 Miles
Vancouver Chinatown Walking Tour

Vancouver Chinatown Walking Tour

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The very first landmark that welcomes visitors entering Chinatown is the grand, ornate structure called the Millennium Gate. With its intricate architectural...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 Km or 0.8 Miles

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