The Maritime Museum of BC opened in 1955 as a naval museum located in Esquimalt. The Museum grew and in 1965 was moved to the former Supreme Court building in Bastion Square − the oldest surviving courthouse in the province. The Museum's mission is to promote and preserve BC's maritime experience and heritage and to engage people in its ongoing story.
The Museum represents a rich link to the province’s legal and nautical roots. Here, among a vast array of artifacts, you will find fascinating displays on pirates, heritage vessels, shipwrecks and featured exhibits. It is also home to three significant sailboats each with their own incredible story. The Museum cares for more than 35,000 unique artifacts, 40,000 historical photographs and an internationally recognized chart collection. The Museum also delivers popular public and school programs featuring topics such as immigration, pirates and privateers, women at sea, and the fur trade. The museum features permanent exhibits, current or featured exhibits, collections, as well as programs designed for families, adults, groups and teachers.
Admission rates can be found here.
Open daily 10:00am - 5:00pm