Vancouver Police Museum Tours and Activities
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Housing more than 20,000 artifacts, photos, and archival documents, the Vancouver Police Museum is North America's oldest police museum. Visitors of every age can learn Vancouver's history of crime and law enforcement in the museum, which is located in a heritage building that once housed the city's coroner's court, morgue, and crime laboratory.
The museum offers many tours, from self-guided to specifically designed tours that focus on Vancouver's growth through the years. In the main gallery, discover the beginning of the Vancouver Police Department, including the traffic squad and the mounted unit. You'll also get an in-depth look at the weapons and gadgets used by both cops and criminals.
In the Sins gallery are all kinds of weapons and gambling devices, in addition to counterfeit money and various weapons. The True Crime gallery, set in the original city morgue, features photos and real historical evidence from some of Vancouver's most famous (and unsolved!) historical crimes.
Insider’s Tip: Kids can pose for photos wearing authentic police uniforms from the museum’s dress-up box.
The museum’s exhibits are family friendly with interactive activities for all ages. Allow about an hour to explore the galleries on the building’s top floor. Please note that the building is a heritage building with no elevator. The museum is located within walking distance of Vancouver’s Gastown and Chinatown areas, where you can find any number of restaurants, cafes, and bars.
Address: 240 E Cordova St., Vancouver, British Columbia V6A 1L3, Canada
Hours: Tues–Sat 9am–5pm
Admission: Adults $12, Youth (6-18yrs) $8, Seniors (older than 60) and students with ID $10
3 Tours and Activities to Experience Vancouver Police Museum
Looking for fun things to do in Vancouver? Try a Vancouver photo scavenger hunt. On Red Bricks & Gold Dragons you will be going on an enthralling tour around Vancouver checking out the art, history, and culture along the way. You’ll see groups of friends competing to unearth fun facts, taking ridiculous pictures, and deciding who will be the next scavenger hunt champion! This is the ultimate small group activity. A few highlights of the scavenger hunt include: Gastown, BC Place, Chinatown Gate.
Listen to a tour guide through your smartphone as you explore Vancouver's Gastown District! Keep the professional tour guide experience, ditch the crowded tour groups, tight schedules and high prices. Live GPS map shows where you are and where to go next. As you get close, tour guide commentary will automatically play! On this 3.5 km (return) tour, you'll explore the historical buildings, statues & monuments that make up this must-see section of the city. Highlights include Gastown's Steam Clock, Hotel Europe, Victory Square, Hudson House, the Lamplighter Public House + more! Don't just see Gastown, hear what it has to say! The tour also comes with a fun location based trivia game. After the commentary plays, look at your device and tap your guess at the answer. See your score as you go! Getting started is easy, just book the tour, download the app and go. Note: the number of travelers you select is the number of devices you can download the tour too.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are Vancouver Police Museum hours of operation?
Vancouver Police Museum hours of operation: Tues–Sat 9am–5pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
What's the best way to experience Vancouver Police Museum?
The best ways to experience Vancouver Police Museum are:
- Vancouver Scavenger Hunt: Red Bricks & Gold Dragons
- Discover Gastown GPS-Guided Audio Walking Tour
- Vancouver's Attraction Passport & Experiences Guide