Featured Exhibits

Summer of Discovery

This summer the Maritime Museum has developed the exhibits around the theme of discovery. With the recent findingĀ of the HMS Erebus wreck by Parks Canada, there has been a renewed interest in maritime exploration and tales of discovery. The Pacific Northwest is certainly not short on these tales to tell, so we have brought forward selected highlights of European exploration on BC waters and shores.


IMG_6567The Franklin Exploration

This interactive exhibit was developed by Parks Canada with partners who make up the Franklin Museum Network. The exhibit features information on the 1845 expedition and the finding of the HMS Erebus in 2014, as well as interactive computer screens where visitors can delve deeper into the personal stories that make up this larger tale.


Adventures at Sea, Captain Cook

Captain James Cook

Captain Cook and Captain Vancouver

Travel back in time to the late 1700s and explore the Pacific Northwest through the eyes of Captain James Cook and Captain George Vancouver. This exhibit features the second published edition of Cook’s journals (1785), as well as the first published edition of Vancouver’s journals (1798). Both of these journals are from the Maritime Museum’s collection, and this is the first time they will be exhibited. Also featured in this exhibit is the wax figure of Captain James Cook from Victoria’s Royal London Wax Museum. The Wax Museum closed in 2010 due to upgrades that were needed on the building it was housed in. Since then, no wax figure from the collection has been on display, making this the first re-appearance of Captain James Cook in Victoria, BC. This is one you won’t want to miss!


Desolation Sound

“I name this place Desolation Sound”, John Horton

John Horton, Maritime Artist

This summer the Maritime Museum is proud to display and sell a collection of John Horton original paintings that depict episodes during the three summers that Captain Vancouver charted the Pacific Northwest during 1792, 1793, and 1794. If you are interested in purchasing a painting, please contact us at (250) 385-4222 ext. 101.