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Vancouver Police Museum

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Address: 240 Cordova St E | Gastown, Vancouver, British Columbia V6A 1L3, Canada
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+1 604-665-3346
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09:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
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Housed in Vancouver's former city morgue, this museum displays thie history...

Housed in Vancouver's former city morgue, this museum displays thie history of crime and law enforcement in Vancouver. Displays include historical crimes, tools for scientific (forensic) investigation and more.

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This Jail House Rocks

My son adores spooky, mysterious and unusual attractions. He is a ghost story fanatic and he wanted to see the the morgue here and learn about the history of Vancouver's police... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Victoria, Canada
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Victoria, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My son adores spooky, mysterious and unusual attractions. He is a ghost story fanatic and he wanted to see the the morgue here and learn about the history of Vancouver's police. He loved the displays of weapons that we saw, and had a lot of questions of course. The displays are well laid out and informative. I was not personally... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Small museum, gruesome exhibits with frank details of murders etc...BUT beware, there's more police action needed outside. We saw a couple of drug deals going down, the Hobos are quite scary and basically there's need for some police action! Run down area is not somewhere you'd go alone.... beware!

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Richmond, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017

This attraction is located in East Vancouver behind the old police station on Main Street. The museum is located in a 1930’s heritage building and previously the home of the city morgue and crime lab. Some of the interesting exhibits we saw included: • Gun exhibit including hand guns, automatic rapid fire machine guns, shotguns and tasers • Coroner’s morgue... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

This is for anyone slightly interested in law enforcement. It offers a look back at the past and today's law enforcement. The museum includes a wide variety of weapons, shanks, police equipment, vehicles, Tommy gun's, case files, etc. The staff member was extremely friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. They offered cool t-shirts and other items for purchase. I definitely recommend this... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

I actually really liked this museum, it had plenty of authentic police items from over the years. I especially liked the police weapon display with old and new ones. The had old tommy guns and a uzi even. I really liked the confiscated item display, it was very large, with some creative items. Buy tickets at groupon, got ours for... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

This little museum was extremely charming and a fun intro to a small part of Vancouver's history. I love weird little museums that feel like grandma's attic but if you don't like poking around by yourself this one isn't for you. Probably the most unique aspect is the fact that you can walk around in the actual old city morgue.... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

Interesting museum. Good to learn about the history of the area in relation to the local police. Friendly and helpful staff. Not in the nicest areas of Vancouver but we walked and didn't have any problems.

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Surrey, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

Very thorough explanation of historical use of building. Lots of students even took pictures of old guns, weapons, counterfeit money, drugs, etc. They enjoyed seeing the jail cell. Then there was the morgue which creeped out a couple of the girls because they wondered if it was clean despite the fact there hadn't been a dead body on the premises... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

I've been here a few times now and I love it. Its not the biggest exhibit but I love learning about the history of Vancouver. I would highly recommend doing one of the walks they offer around the city.

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Bellingham, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

There is a great multifaceted exhibit that looks into gang violence. Very informative. Other exhibits focuse on weapons, counterfeiting, murder, death and disease, police history. There are many things for kids to do (dress up in police uniforms, think and learn). We spent about an hour and a half here. It is in a very poor area of town, but... More 

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A visit to Gastown is like turning back the clock and stepping into a bygone era. With the distinction of being Vancouver's oldest neighborhood, the many plaques that stud the cobbled streets of Gastown tell the story of its colorful past, giving Vancouver's history a more lively presence here than anywhere else. Having been originally founded around a popular worker's saloon, it's no wonder that today some of Vancouver's best micro-breweries, creative cocktail joints, and corner bars can be found in this area. Classical charm suffuses its many vintage boutiques and the brick-built structures that an army of creative professionals call home.
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