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Vancouver Police Museum & Archives, Vancouver

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Explore the city's history of law enforcement and crime with a visit to Vancouver Police Museum & Archives, the oldest police museum in North America. The museum was inaugurated in 1986, with the building having spent the previous century as the coroner's court and autopsy lab. Follow the history of crime in Vancouver, illustrated with over 20,000 artifacts, documents, and photographs chronicling over 125 years of law enforcement. These include confiscated firearms, counterfeit currency, and various other memorabilia. Younger visitors may enjoy the tours offered by the museum catering specifically to kids. For Vancouver Police Museum & Archives and beyond, use our Vancouver trip planner to get the most from your Vancouver vacation.
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  • An unexpected gem. This is really a very interesting museum not only about the history of the Vancouver police department but about policing. Great exhibits. Really well done. 
    An unexpected gem. This is really a very interesting museum not only about the history of the Vancouver police department but about policing. Great exhibits. Really well done.  more »
  • Interesting museum covering Vancouver police history. Great content related to Vancouver riots and how the police have evolved as the city has evolved. The morgue portion of the tour had various... 
    Interesting museum covering Vancouver police history. Great content related to Vancouver riots and how the police have evolved as the city has evolved. The morgue portion of the tour had various...  more »
  • Vancouver Police museum is based just in the walking dead area of Vancouver, you even pass a drop in centre to fetch to it from gastown, but don't let that stop you. The museum is jammed full of... 
    Vancouver Police museum is based just in the walking dead area of Vancouver, you even pass a drop in centre to fetch to it from gastown, but don't let that stop you. The museum is jammed full of...  more »
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  • Really good and great information about the early police department and enforcement of various laws throughout the years. They also have info on unsolved murders and a kinds challenge to do as well. It is not large but they pack in a lot in a small space. It's worth checking out.
  • Absolutely full of great information. Past murders, corrupt police officers, the effects of riots. I saw a prison cell for the very first time in my life. It was interesting to read stories from investigations and cases of the past. It shows that human issues are generally the same. Learnt a lot from this museum. Will definitely come back. Took points away because of the surrounding and location. Take note, there are loads of alcoholics roaming around, drug addicts etc in this area not sure if the museum can do anything about it though. I was afraid of my safety and rethinking if I want to bring my kids back. There is a drug problem in Vancouver. Also, I noticed there is no wheelchair access.. Overall thanks to the police museum for this place. I learnt a lot.
  • A great and very interesting museum. Very educational, and all the extra content and audio tour available via QR code throughout the exhibition is excellent. Can easily spend 1.5-2 hours here
  • A wired experience. Felt nauseous at the end 😅 I’m very sensitive so I don’t think if I will go back. But if you are not a sensitive person I’m sure u will like it.
  • This museum is awesome for anyone who likes crime related stuff.I would highly recommend this venue to anyone.

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