Plunge into maritime culture at the Maritime Museum of British Columbia. It offers the history of the Pacific Northwest through various means such as exhibits and educational and community-based programs. The Maritime Museum is located just in the heart of downtown Victoria at Nootka Court on 634 Humboldt Street.
Attractions around the Maritime museum
The Maritime Museum is conveniently located just minutes away from other various activities and attractions such as:
- Empress Hotel – where one can visit for an afternoon tea;
- Royal British Columbia Museum – where human and natural histories of British Columbia have been preserved through centuries;
- Inner Harbour – across the road with blooming flowers, palms and trees alongside gorgeous boats and yachts, makes the walk on the harbor an unforgettable experience;
- BC Parliament Building – steeped in all its history and beautiful architecture is a must see;
- Beacon Hill Park – go for a picnic and/or simply explore a mix or urban and rural nature.
- The Bay Shopping Centre – will bring you back to modern day with a full suite of shops to explore;
- Victoria Bug Zoo – to enjoy the astonishing world of insects, arachnids, and other many-legged creatures!
- Miniature World – provides a unique opportunity to experience the world from a tiny perspective.
About Maritime Museum
The Maritime Museum contains about 35,000 artefacts, which are from periods of 1775 to the present, some of which include:
- Over 1,000 pieces of art
- Model ships of historic naval vessels, Coast Guard vessels, as well as vessels from local companies such as the CP Steamship Co.
- Natural history pieces, such as a narwhal tusk
- A large uniform collection
- Items from local companies such as the CP Steamship Co. and BC Ferries
- Historic navigation tools
- Artefacts from local shipyards
- Lights from various vessels
- Flags and ship badges
The Maritime Museum also offers public outreach such as educational programming and talks, and a reference room which can be used by researchers, and has volunteers and staff who are always willing to assist. The reference library of 6,000 volumes including:
- Collection of 200 titles of historical significance
- Archival collection of records of local ship-owning and shipbuilding firms
- Naval records and ships’ plans of 1800 vessels
- Maps and charts
- An art collection, and
- Approximately 36,000 photographs.
The Maritime Museum stores majority of the collection in climate-controlled place in the northern part of Victoria, while other huge items are stored at Ogden Point. A must see at the Maritime Museum are the three historic vessels:
- Tilikum (boat), the 38-foot modified aboriginal cedar canoe. In 1901, sailed from Vancouver Island to London, UK;
- Trekka, a 20.5-foot sailboat. In 1954, sailed around the world and known at that time to be the smallest yacht to have circumnavigated the globe; and
- Dorothy, fantail cutter. Built in 1897.
Services available Maritime Museum
The Maritime Museum of BC offers services such as:
The Gift Shop has a wide variety of nautical-themed gifts, including model ships, caps and clothing, prints and postcards and more! You can also purchase new and used books, the gift shop books are usually in the following categories: National navies, ships and shipping, sailing, West Coast interests, general history, biography, and lighthouses.
For more information call (250) 385-4222 ext. 102, or email Ann Jones at [email protected]
Looking for fun for the whole family, try out the interactive knot board! This exercise will help you develop your nautical skills with easy to follow instructions on how to tie dozens of knots.
Adult – $10.00
Senior/Student – $8.00
Youth (12-17) – $5.00
Child (under 12) – Free
History of Maritime Museum
In 1955, the Maritime Museum of BC was opened by naval officers at Signal Hill in Esquimalt, B.C. since that time it has gone through location and name change. In 1957, it was registered as “The Maritime Museum of British Columbia Society”, a non-profit society and would follow a broader Pacific coastal heritage mandate. In 1963 the Museum moved from its location in Esquimalt to Bastion Square in downtown Victoria, British Columbia, and then move again in 2015 to a Society office at Nootka Court, close to the Victoria downtown Inner Harbour. The move in 2015 was due to the seismic upgrade needed and structural work in 2014 for the Museum’s Bastion Square venue which was a provincially owned courthouse built in 1889. Now you can enjoy a visit to the museum as well as other attractions within walking distance.
Travelling to the Maritime Museum
If you drive to the Maritime Museum, there is paid street parking available just outside our front doors, and across the street; also City of Victoria Parkade located under the Central Library, which is 5 mins away:
- First 1 hour free;
- Statuary holidays and Sundays are free;
- Check more information.
If you use the bus, please check the BC Transit schedule here.
Operating hours and Fee
Winter hours (October – April)
Closed on Sunday and Monday
Opened 10am – 4pm on Tuesday – Saturday
Summer hours (May 24 – September 30)
Daily 10am – 5pm