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Information on our new COVID procedures below

The Maritime Museum of BC is on the territories of the Lekwungen speaking peoples who have respected these lands and waters for thousands of years. It is currently located downtown at 744 Douglas Street close to Victoria’s downtown Inner Harbour and the Empress Hotel. Here, you will find exhibits, a nautical-themed gift shop, and research space.

Address

744 Douglas St., Victoria BC, V8W 3M6 

PARKING

There is street parking available just outside our front doors, and across the street.

The closest city parkade is under the Central Branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library on Broughton Street. More parking spaces are indicated on the City of Victoria website.

Hours

The Maritime Museum of BC is now open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

aged Rates

Adult – $10.00

Senior/Student – $8.00

Youth (12-17) – $5.00

Child (under 12) – Free 

Please note: Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a paying adult (aged 18+).

Front entrance of Maritime Museum of BC
Interior entrance of Maritime Museum of BC
Gallery wall at the Maritime Museum of BC

Things to know

The Maritime Museum of BC tells the story of the province’s rich maritime heritage and culture. Our collection highlights BC’s dynamic history seen through the lens of humankind’s relationship with the sea, from the Indigenous Peoples of this province, to journeys of exploration and adventure, to the CPR steamships that plied these waters, and everything in between.

Here’s what you can expect in your visit to the Maritime Museum of BC:

  • Our exhibits are small, and as such, we rotate exhibits two to three times a year, so depending on when you come back, you can expect something new!
  • We have digital interactives and hands-on activities. There are also interpreters ready to show you how to tie new knots, how different kinds of anchors work, and to answer any questions you might have.
  • We have a gender inclusive, single stall washroom available that has a baby change table. While this should be large enough for a standard wheelchair to fit in, a motorized wheelchair will not. We apologize for this inconvenience and are seeking a larger public space where we will have fully accessible washrooms.
  • We are pet friendly! Your furry friends are welcome to take in our exhibits as well, and can join you on our walking tours that go around the Inner Harbour.
  • Most people spend 45 to 60 minutes in our exhibits. If you wish to watch the video we have available and/or find yourself in an engaging conversation with one of our interpreters, your visit can easily be longer.

Discounts

The Maritime Museum of BC is proud to provide the following discounts on our admissions to the following groups:

 

Group Discount Off Admission How to Access
Indigenous Peoples 100% Self identify, no cards necessary
New Canadian Citizens 100% Canoo Membership
Greater Victoria cultural volunteers 100% Volunteer Access Pass – available each spring through your volunteer organization
Canadian Museum Association Members 100% Show your individual or organization CMA card
Maritime Museum of BC members 100% Simply provide your name as it is associated with your membership or provide your membership card
Vancouver Maritime Museum members 100% Show your VMM member card
Canadian Military Members 10% Provide proof of your service
Royal BC Museum members 20% Show your RBCM member card
Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea 20% Show your Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea membership card

COVID-19 Procedures

To keep everyone safe, all visitors are requested to follow these protocols, which are in line with Work Safe BC and government regulations:

  • Please use the hand sanitizer provided upon entering this space. Another Hand Sanitizer Station is available halfway through the exhibit space.
  • If you are not able to use hand sanitizer, we have gloves available.
  • All visitors are recommended to wear a face mask, but not required. Please bring a face mask with you.
  • We ask that visitors practice safe social distancing by staying 6’ or more apart from those who are not from the same household.
  • If you feel ill or have been in recent contact with someone with COVID-19, we ask that you visit us another time.

As of April 8, 2022 the provincial government has stated that the Maritime Museum of BC no longer requires proof of vaccination. Thank you for working with us throughout public health restrictions to keep everyone at the Museum safe.

We have installed a new plexiglass barrier at the front desk. Our Gift Shop is also open to the public in-person and online for anyone who would like to browse.