The Vancouver Maritime Museum is full of artifacts, history and information. It has a permanent collection, but also special temporary exhibitions.
From September 9th, 2022, until March 31st, 2024, the special featured exhibition is A Wild & Wet Coast: Rum-Running During Prohibition.
For information about the current exhibitions, continue reading or visit the Vancouver Maritime Museum‘s website.
Rum-Running During Prohibition
A Wild & Wet Coast: Rum-Running During Prohibition is a temporary exhibition at the Vancouver Maritime Museum. The exhibition is about people who transported liquor across the border during prohibition.
About the Exhibition
The featured exhibition at the Vancouver Maritime Museum is about British Columbians and their experiences during the prohibition era.
Folks involved in liquor transportation between 1920 and 1933 used various kinds of boats to get the job done. This included everything from small tugboats to larger motherships capable of carrying 50,000 cases of alcohol.
Expect to learn about the historical tension between Canada and America, along with ways in which messages were sent and goods were transported. Some of what happened almost a century ago heavily impacted the economy and the regulations are still relevant to this day.
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About the Museum
The Vancouver Maritime Museum is located in Vanier Park at 1905 Ogden Avenue. It’s not the largest museum in the city, but it’s fairly sizeable with some large exhibits including full-size boats.
The highlight of the attraction’s permanent collections is the St. Roch, a historic vessel built in North Vancouver. It was the first boat to circumnavigate North America. There are also model ships and some fairly interactive exhibits.
As well, there is Heritage Harbour, an outdoor area that has boats on the water at a dock near the museum. When the weather is nice it’s an interesting place to explore. You aren’t allowed to go on any of the boats, however, unlike the St. Roch indoors.
To learn more about the attraction and its various exhibits, visit the Vancouver Maritime Museum‘s website.
Click A Wild & Wet Coast: Rum-Running During Prohibition for more information on that exhibit specifically.
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