HMS Ajax, a model from the museum's large collection

HMS Ajax one of the many ship models in the museum’s collection

Patron-Seal-flatThe Maritime Museum of British Columbia is a registered non-profit organization dedicated to the collection and curation of the province’s long and vibrant maritime history. In addition to presently overhauling the curation of its collection of over ? items, the museum is involved in the restoration of a number of significant historic vessels

The museum maintains a maritime research centre housing one of the largest collections of maritime publications in Canada at Victoria at 634 Humboldt St. just a few short blocks off the harbour. Among the museum’s recent exhibits have been:

Treasures from Within: Classic Boats

The Treasures from Within theme celebrated the diverse aspects of classic boats.  This display coincided with the Classic Boat Festival on Victoria’s Inner Harbour from Aug 29th to 31st. Drawing on the diverse collection at the Maritime Museum of BC, Treasures from Within brought together some of our favourite artifacts normally not seen by Museum visitors. Each display reflected the eclectic scope of artifacts that have been collected and treasured over time telling BC’s connection to our waters.

Guardians of the Coast

The Maritime Museum of BC opened Guardians of the Coast on October 23 2012, honouring the men and women of the Canadian Coast Guard. In 2011, the Canadian Coast Guard celebrated 50 years of service and safety; however, their origins can be traced back to the early 1700s on the East Coast. Guardians of the Coast: Celebrating more than 50 years of the Canadian Coast Guard on the Pacific, highlighted the earliest live-saving efforts on the Pacific Coast, from light stations to the West Coast trail and the pioneers who made the Canadian Coast Guard what it is today. Visitors to the exhibit experienced a vast array of Canadian Coast Guard material, including photographs, early and new lifesaving equipment, courageous stories in dangerous storms and on high seas, and information on the latest research and Arctic trips.

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