The Victoria Experience

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Maritime Museum of BC

Time to Explore: 1 hour

Location: 634 Humboldt Street


The Maritime Museum first opened in 1955 as a Naval Museum near CFB Esquimalt. The first location was originally intended as quarters for British Navy officers before the Royal Canadian Navy was established. It moved to its home in Bastion square in 1965, where it remained until October 2014.   

The museum's collection is extensive with over 35,000 artifacts including photographs, logbooks, personal letters and journals. Visitors can find ships plans, artworks and a collection of three unique vessels, the Tilikum, Trekka and Dorothy. 

The Maritime Museum of BC is currently in the process of moving their entire collection to a new location. Formerly located in historic Bastion Square, the move will take them to 634 Humboldt Street in Nootka Court. This new location will serve as administrative offices, research lab, gift shop plus a small display area. The new building is steps away from the Empress Hotel and the Victoria Harbour.

Although the museum is still moving out of their old Bastion Square location, they have a number of displays set up in the new location at Nootka Court. Find the official press release regarding the move, here or keep up to date with the museum's happenings visit their Facebook page, here