$3 for an All-Day Individual Admission to the Vancouver Police Museum ($7 Value)

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Crime cannot exist without laws, just as disease cannot exist without medicine. Explore the history of crime and punishment in Vancouver with today's Groupon: for $3, you get an all-day individual admission to the Vancouver Police Museum (a $7 value). The museum is open Monday through Saturday.

Housed in the former site of Vancouver’s city analyst’s laboratory, the coroner’s courtroom, and a morgue, the Vancouver Police Museum is an interactive exploration of the city’s sandwich-filled criminal underbelly. Its exhibits draw from a collection of approximately 20,000 artifacts, photographs, and published materials to offer the history of the Vancouver Police Department. With a one-day admission, guests will see police firearms and supervillain fire arms, classic police vehicles that have patrolled the streets and sidealleys of Vancouver, and counterfeit currency that failed to befuddle at least one cashier. In addition to the permanent collection, a temporary exhibit—running through late 2011—focuses on the history of police athletics and how physical training for the job sometimes led to athletic achievements elsewhere, including the Olympics. Other Police Museum exhibits include rare and confiscated weapons, showcases of changing law-enforcement technology, a coroner’s forensic exhibit, and explorations of past policing methods, such as the destined-to-fail Good Cop/Trapeze-Artist Cop interrogation technique.

Piece together the criminal wrongdoings of your past lives, or discover the real reason your grandmother wasn’t allowed in Vancouver after 1972. All will be revealed with a visit to the Vancouver Police Museum, named one of the top five interesting things to do in the city by the blog Inside Vancouver.


The Vancouver Police Museum comes with a Frommer's recommendation, 3.5 stars from four TripAdvisors, and four stars from four Yelpers. Everyone agrees it's a lot of fun, but maybe not for the weak-hearted or queasy-stomached.

  • The confiscated illegal-weapons display is hair-raising; you can also see the old morgue, a simulated autopsy room (with pieces of damaged body parts in specimen bottles), and a forensics lab. – Frommer's
  • If you and the ones you love have a taste for murder and mayhem, this is the place to go. – Louise G., Yelp
  • In front of [a display] that tells how a mentally disturbed teenager wasted his family one Christmas Eve in the 60s is the long-handled axe from the crime scene - with blond hairs clinging to the blade. – Christine R., Yelp

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Promotional value expires Nov 6, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 5 per person, may purchase multiple as gifts. Valid on individual admission only. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

About Vancouver Police Museum and Archives

240 East Cordova Street used to be the address where Vancouver’s police officers, judges, and dead converged. The building, built in 1932, served as the City Coroner’s Court and Morgue until the 1980s and the City Analyst’s Laboratory 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 and Archives.

Step back in time as the Sins of the City Walking Tours, presented by the Vancouver Police Museum & Archives, take you onto the streets of Vancouver in the 1900s. Bring your walking shoes and be ready to explore the city rain or shine! Three tours: "Vice, Dice, and Opium Pipes", "Red Light Rendezvous", and "Soul Food and Shotguns" delve into the medley of communities in Vancouver's early history. Hear the scandalous stories of characters from the past, walk the streets they walked, and reimagine Vancouver's seedier history. *Sins of the City Walking Tours are NOT in the museum.

Vancouver Police Museum and Archives

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