“Like no place on earth.” The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre is where people can become educated on astronomy through live demonstrations, exhibitions, and shows. Inside, there’s the Planetarium Star Theatre, Groundstation Canada Theatre, Cosmic Courtyard Gallery and Exhibit Space, and GMS Observatory, which is home to a half-meter Cassegrain telescope, with which visitors can observe Vancouver’s skies.
The Vancouver Police Museum is North America’s oldest police museum. The Vancouver Historical Society operates the museum, which sits in a heritage building that was previously the Coroner’s Court and the city’s morgue, crime laboratory, and autopsy facilities. There are over 20,000 documents, photos, and artifacts inside the Vancouver Police Museum, which visitors can learn more about through a self-guided tour. Check out their Movies in the Morgue events too, if you dare!
Vancouver Police Museum, 240 E Cordova Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada, +1 604 665 3346
“Since 1966, the community has entrusted the BC Sports Hall of Fame with the responsibility to collect, preserve, study and interpret materials that relate to British Columbia’s rich sport history.” BC Sports Hall of Fame sits within BC Place in Vancouver and educates the public on British Columbia residents and their outstanding achievement in sports. Each year, a few select individuals are inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame too.
Science World “features hundreds of interactive exhibits in five galleries.” It’s run by a non-profit organization, which aims to inspire future science and technology leadership in British Columbia. Science World is one of Vancouver’s most impressive buildings, but it’s just as unique inside. It’s home to the OMNIMAX® Theatre, local science-inspired art displays, the BodyWorks gallery, Eureka! and its hands-on exhibits, and the Ken Spencer Science Park.
Located in the Greater Vancouver Area, Burnaby Village Museum is a historic open-air museum spread out over 10 acres. It represents a typical 1920s community, with a blacksmith, general store, ice cream parlor, and print shop. People are dressed in period costumes and give demonstrations throughout the village. There’s also a CW Parker Carousel from 1912 and the restored Interurban Tram #1223. Children will love the Adventure Guide, which is available at the gates.
Burnaby Village Museum, 6501 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby, BC, Canada, +1 604 297 4565
Beaty Biodiversity Museum is also located at the University of British Columbia and is Vancouver’s only natural history museum. There are over 500 interactive exhibits and displays, which include more than two million specimens. Its crowning jewel is its 26-meter-long (85 feet) blue whale skeleton, which is the largest display of its kind in Canada. There’s also a permanent Timeline Exhibit, where you can “walk along 4.54 billion years of history.”
The Museum of Vancouver in Vanier Park focuses on the city’s history from the First Nations until today. It includes a large collection of First Nations artwork and artifacts, and permanent exhibitions include 1930s–1940s: Boom, Bust and War; 1960s–1970s: You Say You Want a Revolution; and Neon Vancouver | Ugly Vancouver. The museum’s mission is to inspire a deeper understanding of Vancouver through stories, objects, and shared experiences.
Museum of Vancouver, 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada, +1 604 736 4431