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.