Vancouver Police Museum

Local nameVancouver Police Museum
LocationVancouver, Canada

The Vancouver Police Museum opened to commemorate the centennial of the Vancouver Police Department and the City of Vancouver, British Columbia in 1986. Located at 240 E. Cordova Street in Vancouver's Gastown, the museum is housed in a building that was once both the Coroner’s Court and autopsy facilities and the City Analyst’s laboratory. In 1935, the Coroner's Court was used as a makeshift hospital by police during the Battle of Ballantyne Pier. It was designed by architect Arthur J. Bird, and today it is a municipally designated heritage building.

The museum is run by the Vancouver Police Historical Society, a non-profit organization established in 1983 with the mandate to foster interest in the history of the Vancouver Police Department and to open a museum for this purpose. The catalyst for the project was the museum's first curator, Joe Swan, a former police sergeant and amateur historian.

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Phone +1-604-665-3346

Address 240 East Cordova Street, V6A 1L3, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Coordinates 49°16'55.499" N -123°5'53.483" E

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