Vancouver Police Museum

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Report | a month ago
Once you are inside, the museum is wonderful! There is an impressive display of homemade weapons and a lot of interesting stories told. Unfortunately it's located in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside which is known for its drug problem. We encountered a woman outside a coffee shop who was belligerent and yelling at anyone who wouldn't give her money. She threatened me when I wouldn't give her money and also threatened the servers at the coffee shop we were in. It was very scary and I didn't feel safe. Go during the day with a group and keep your eyes open.
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Report | a month ago
Go early and not on Mondays.
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Report | 4 months ago
wonderful experience would recommend this to people both visiting and living in Vancouver
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Report | 5 months ago
Download the free app for an audio tour. Very interesting.
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Report | 10 months ago
I suggest using their wifi and downloading their app to walk you through their museum. Only a small percentage of their items are on display but the stories behind it are a great listen. Enjoy!
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Report | 10 months ago
If you're a Leo show id and ask for a patch.
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Report | a year ago
It was very interesting and informative. Would have been better to have a guide lead us through and explain a few things.
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Report | 2 years ago
It can be grueling but it is very interesting.
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Report | 2 years ago
Lots to look at, give yourself a morning or afternoon.
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Report | 2 years ago
A bit gruesome for small kids but a fascinating place.
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240 East Cordova Street used to be the address where Vancouver’s police officers, morticians, judges, and dead converged. The building, which was built in 1932, served as the city’s coroner’s court and morgue until the 1980s and the city analyst’s lab until 1995. Countless toxicology tests and several high-profile investigations have taken place between the building’s walls, including the Castellani Milkshake Murder and Errol Flynn’s autopsy. Fittingly, given the building’s significance to Vancouver's criminal-justice history, it is now home to the Vancouver Police Museum.

To date, the museum staff has curated a selection of approximately 20,000 historical artifacts, including confiscated weapons, counterfeit currency, photographs, paperwork, and vintage police vehicles. Currently, 40 per cent of the collection is on display in the museum’s several exhibits, one of which allows visitors to explore a coroner’s forensic lab. The museum also offers educational programs such as walking tours and a two-hour forensic-science program. During this program, guests scour a faux crime scene for clues and try to prevent the brash, young rookie cop from running off into the night to find the perpetrator.

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