Showcasing the history of the city, the Museum of Vancouver is a family-friendly and educational place with stories from the past and artifacts of interest.
Museum of Vancouver (MOV)
The Museum of Vancouver is located at 1100 Chestnut Street adjacent to the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre not far from Kitsilano Beach and Vanier Park (where the Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival takes place every summer from mid-June until September).
The Museum of Vancouver isn’t a world-class museum, but it’s still very a good one, and definitely worth visiting if you’re interested in learning about the city’s past. It’s also not unreasonably priced at less than $40 for a family of four, including taxes.
The Museum of Vancouver is an especially “best place” to visit on a rainy day, provided that you like museums and history.
Inside the museum are displays about life in Vancouver from years past, including a collection of old signs from when Vancouver had one of the highest concentrations of neon advertising in North America.
TIP #1: The museum is located close to other best places, including the seawall along Vanier Park (which is great for walks and cycling), the planetarium (located in the same building as the museum), Kitsilano Beach and the Vancouver Maritime Museum. If going to MOV, then check out one or more of these other places on the same day.
TIP #2: If you want to visit a number of worthwhile attractions in the same area, consider getting the Vanier Park Explore Pass which gets you into the museum, plus the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre/Planetarium and the Vancouver Maritime Museum. The Vanier Park Explore Pass can be purchased at any one of the three museums at $37 for adults and $30 for seniors, students and youth.
TIP #3: The Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival is very highly recommended if you like live theatre and Shakespeare. If you are at the Museum of Vancouver in the summer, and your kids are older and enjoy theatre, then consider seeing one of the performances (especially if it’s one of the more entertaining comedies).
The Museum of Vancouver is open 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday to Sunday, and until 8 pm on Thursdays.
Admission fees are $15 for adults, $11 for students, seniors and youth, and $5 for children ages 5 to 11. Children 4 and under are free, and admission for everybody is by donation the last Thursday evening of each month (from 5 to 8 pm).
Click Museum of Vancouver for more information, including current displays.