Explorers and Navigation (First Floor)
The fog shrouded Pacific Coast of North America has a deep and rich heritage that spans the centuries from the first aboriginal cultures to European exploration and early settlement. Initially isolated from the European world, this region witnessed the navigation feats of early mariners and the clash of empires. Meet great characters such as Captains James Cook and George Vancouver, witness the territorial see-saw between Russia, the United States and British Canada, and discover the many mysteries of this coast.
Be sure to inspect the navigation instruments that made the exploration and surveys of the West Coast possible and find out why there are so many Spanish place names. Read More
Modelmania (Second Floor)
The creation of ship models requires skilled hands, combined with an incredible attention to detail and an in-depth knowledge of vessels. The Maritime Museum of BC has an outstanding collection of models stretching back to the HMS Nile, built in 1810 by prisoners of war, and up to 20th century war ships and detailed builder’s models for passenger vessels. Whether amateur or professionally built, it is marvellous to see the hours of dedication that went into the construction of each model. Read More
Courtroom (Third Floor)
If this room could tell its own story, it would weave a fantastic tale of dramatic legal events and legendary personalities. Once presided over by the notorious Judge Sir Matthew Baillie Begbie in the late 19th century, this courtroom once served as both the Supreme Court of BC and the Vice-Admiralty Court for maritime legal matters. Today, the room has been restored to its former glory and offers the visitor the unique opportunity to explore one of the few remaining historic courtrooms in the country.
While you’re there, view a short video presentation that follows the thrilling exploits of one of the last working sailing ships as it weathered hurricanes in its voyage around Cape Horn to Chile in 1929. Read More