The Vancouver Police Museum is North America’s oldest police museum.
The Museum is located in a heritage building that was once the Coroner’s Court, the City’s morgue and autopsy facilities, and the City crime laboratory, it houses over 20,000 artifacts, photos, and archival documents.
Visitors of all ages can learn the history of crime and law enforcement in Vancouver on a self-guided tour, or can be immersed in a variety of police and law-related topics through one of our numerous public and school programs.
The Vancouver Police Museum is an independent, not-for-profit facility run by the Vancouver Police Historical Society with an elected Board of Directors. Established in 1983 and opened as a museum in 1986, the Society is neither part of nor funded by either the Vancouver Police Department or the City of Vancouver. It’s funding relies solely on admissions, donations and grants from individuals and institutions.
The Vancouver Police Museum’s mandate is three-fold:
- Collects, preserves, and interprets the history of the Vancouver Police Department and its context within policing in Vancouver
- Provides a resource for those examining the role of the Vancouver Police Department across time and across cultures
- Provides educational opportunities to explore the science of policing.
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