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Watch the 2024 Float the Boat launch message from Executive Director Brittany Vis.

Help put the wind in our sails and propel us towards a bright future! The Maritime Museum of BC’s 4th annual Float the Boat fundraising campaign is up and running, with the goal of raising $25,000 for Museum operations. The campaign will run from 1 March to 4 April 2024. We’ll be marking milestones by filling the tank below with water to float the boat higher and higher. Updates will be posted all month long, so make sure to follow along!

Over the past year, the Maritime Museum of BC team has worked tirelessly to provide services such as our school programs, marine-themed talks, new exhibits showcasing BC’s maritime heritage and culture, Museum Tots, and collections projects that ensure the collection will be preserved for future generations.

Matching Donor

To kick off the campaign, we are excited to announce that Andrew Beckerman has joined us with a $750 match donation, which will run for the next 48 hours. Get your donation in early and have it doubled!

A few upcoming projects that we will be highlighting this month:

  • We’ll be open 7 days per week starting May 19!
  • New program options for all ages with the launch of Salty Sundays starting May 19.
  • Two new community exhibits will open in 2024, starting with No Walk in the Woods: The History of the West Coast Trail on April 11.
  • Public collection tours will be offered starting Fall 2024—get a look behind the scenes at our collections facility!
  • New look for our front entrance, to improve accessibility and the visitor experience at the front desk and in our gift shop.
  • SV Dorothy’s on tour this summer, attending local festivals in the lead up to our very own Classic Boat Festival.
  • New offerings and programs at the Classic Boat Festival, including the Yacht Dog Café, the Music Program and the Artists Aboard Program.

Some of the youngest Maritime Museum of BC visitors, enjoying the Museum Tots program. Photo courtesy of the Maritime Museum of BC.

Every day, we connect with so many individuals, both locals and visitors, but we can’t do it alone. That’s where you come in. This year’s campaign will help support our ongoing operations as we continue to offer new programs, exhibits, and events for the public, while caring for our vast collection. Help us float the boat and sail through 2024 with these wonderful new opportunities for visitors.

Join in the fun by contributing today: float the boat and put the wind in our sails for 2024!

For further information, please contact:

Brittany Vis, Executive Director

Maritime Museum of BC