Vancouver's Maritime Museum offers free admission this weekend

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St. Roch, housed at the Vancouver Maritime Museum
The St. Roch, housed at the Vancouver Maritime Museum

A few days ago I wrote about the City of Vancouver providing a "Plan B" in response to the massive interest in "where 2 be for free" in our city during the 2010 Games. I proposed that Mayor Robertson seek approval to open up a few more of our public facilities for a limited time while this intense interest from the public is at its peak. We're not sure if City Hall heard us, but we're pleased to say that the fine folks down at Vancouver's Maritime Museum got the message from, and this weekend only they are opening their doors for FREE! Here are the details provided to us by them:

In response to your article on February 19 – “It’s time for Plan B…” – the Vancouver Maritime Museum is pleased to offer free admission this Saturday and Sunday for residents and tourists. I spotted your article on Saturday and its taken a couple days to make it happen but are pleased to be able to provide visitors with free admission and perhaps a donation.

In the spirit of the 2010 Olympics – the Vancouver Maritime Museum is pleased to offer free admission on Saturday, February 27 (10 am to 5 pm) and Sunday, February 28 (noon to 5 pm). The Maritime Museum is located at 1905 Ogden Avenue in Vanier Park; phone 604 257-8300. More info at

Discover the rich history and maritime traditions of the Pacific Coast and the Arctic. Step back in time to 1944 on board Canada’s celebrated RCMP St Roch. Many exhibits to explore, Children’s Maritime Discovery Centre and vessels in Heritage Harbour.

That's great news! We thank the Vancouver Maritime Museum for making available some of our city's history on the high seas available at no charge. If you want to explore a bit more of the city, this is a good place to check out. See Google Map for directions.

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Fabulous! Good on you Maritime Musuem and City Caucus. Let's see if the other venues follow suit. I was at the aquarium this Sunday (I'm a member, so it's always free to me) and it was the quietest I have ever seen it in my 3 years of visiting. Weekends are usually mobbed - I guess everyone is forgoing the paid stuff to go to the free events. If other places opened up their doors "by donation" they would likely see lots of new faces, help disperse the crowds, and make a little money in the process!!!

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