Museum Discovery Tour

Last updated on
Saturday, July 3rd, 2021
Experience type: 
In-Person
Program Description

On this guided tour students uncover the history of social development, crime and law enforcement in Vancouver and how it impacts modern living. Students are guided through a 45-minute tour followed by 15 minutes of self-guided exploration. Tour content and complexity can be tailored to group needs and interests.

Our museum tours delve into the lawless origins of Vancouver as a city and explore fascinating elements of policing, crime and justice throughout the decades. You’ll get to immerse yourself our newest exhibit, Behind the Lines. This wild ride takes you through the history of Vancouver’s street safety, from carriages, cars and prohibition to motorcycles, riots and beyond!

You’ll also discover our famous True Crimes exhibit, which highlights the city’s most notorious crimes and cold cases with authentic evidence and artefacts on display. And, of course, you’ll see the city’s first morgue and autopsy suite in addition to hundreds of rare artefacts, archives and photos from our own collection.

Our museum is brimming with exciting history, exhibits and artefacts that you can’t find anywhere else in the world. A designated heritage building, it was once the Coroner’s Court, Autopsy Facility and the City Analyst’s Laboratory, making it one of the most authentic museum experiences in the world.

Big Ideas
  • Communities include many different roles requiring many different skills.
  • Everything we learn helps us to develop skills.
  • Learning is a lifelong enterprise.
  • Communities include many different roles requiring many different skills.
  • Everything we learn helps us to develop skills.
  • Learning is a lifelong enterprise.
  • Effective collaboration relies on clear, respectful communication.
  • Everything we learn helps us to develop skills.
  • Learning is a lifelong enterprise.
  • Effective collaboration relies on clear, respectful communication.
  • Everything we learn helps us to develop skills.
  • Learning is a lifelong enterprise.
  • Exploring our strengths and abilities can help us identify our goals.
  • Family and community relationships can be a source of support and guidance when solving problems and making decisions.
  • Leadership requires listening to and respecting the ideas of others.
  • Good learning and work habits contribute to short- and long-term personal and career success.
  • Leadership requires listening to and respecting the ideas of others.
  • New experiences, both within and outside of school, expand our career skill set and options.
  • Practising respectful, ethical, inclusive behaviour prepares us for the expectations of the workplace.
  • Safe environments depend on everyone following safety rules.
  • New experiences, both within and outside of school, expand our career skill set and options.
  • Our attitudes toward careers are influenced by our view of ourselves as well as by our friends, family, and community.
  • Practising respectful, ethical, inclusive behaviour prepares us for the expectations of the workplace.
  • Safe environments depend on everyone following safety rules.
  • Adapting to economic and labour market changes requires flexibility.
  • Our career paths reflect the personal, community, and educational choices we make.
  • The value of work in our lives, communities, and society can be viewed from diverse perspectives.
  • The value of work in our lives, communities, and society can be viewed from diverse perspectives.
  • Learning how to learn prepares us to be lifelong learners who can adapt to changing career opportunities.
  • Skills are developed through practice, effort, and action.
  • The choice of technology and tools depends on the task.
  • Complex tasks may require multiple tools and technologies.
  • Complex tasks require the acquisition of additional skills.
  • Design can be responsive to identified needs.
  • Curiosity and wonder lead us to new discoveries about ourselves and the world around us.
  • Everyone has a unique story to share.
  • Language and story can be a source of creativity and joy.
  • Playing with language helps us discover how language works.
  • Stories and other texts can be shared through pictures and words.
  • Stories and other texts help us learn about ourselves and our families.
  • Through listening and speaking, we connect with others and share our world.
  • Curiosity and wonder lead us to new discoveries about ourselves and the world around us.
  • Everyone has a unique story to share.
  • Language and story can be a source of creativity and joy.
  • Playing with language helps us discover how language works.
  • Stories and other texts can be shared through pictures and words.
  • Stories and other texts help us learn about ourselves and our families.
  • Through listening and speaking, we connect with others and share our world.
  • Curiosity and wonder lead us to new discoveries about ourselves and the world around us.
  • Everyone has a unique story to share.
  • Language and story can be a source of creativity and joy.
  • Playing with language helps us discover how language works.
  • Stories and other texts connect us to ourselves, our families, and our communities.
  • Through listening and speaking, we connect with others and share our world.
  • Curiosity and wonder lead us to new discoveries about ourselves and the world around us.
  • Language and story can be a source of creativity and joy.
  • Stories and other texts help us learn about ourselves, our families, and our communities.
  • Stories can be understood from different perspectives
  • Using language in creative and playful ways helps us understand how language works.
  • Exploring stories and other texts helps us understand ourselves and make connections to others and to the world.
  • Language and text can be a source of creativity and joy.
  • Questioning what we hear, read, and view contributes to our ability to be educated and engaged citizens.
  • Texts can be understood from different perspectives.
  • Using language in creative and playful ways helps us understand how language works.
  • Exploring stories and other texts helps us understand ourselves and make connections to others and to the world.
  • Language and text can be a source of creativity and joy.
  • Questioning what we hear, read, and view contributes to our ability to be educated and engaged citizens.
  • Texts can be understood from different perspectives.
  • Using language in creative and playful ways helps us understand how language works.
  • Exploring and sharing multiple perspectives extends our thinking.
  • Exploring stories and other texts helps us understand ourselves and make connections to others and to the world.
  • Language and text can be a source of creativity and joy.
  • Questioning what we hear, read, and view contributes to our ability to be educated and engaged citizens.
  • Exploring and sharing multiple perspectives extends our thinking.
  • Exploring stories and other texts helps us understand ourselves and make connections to others and to the world.
  • Language and text can be a source of creativity and joy.
  • Questioning what we hear, read, and view contributes to our ability to be educated and engaged citizens.
  • Exploring stories and other texts helps us understand ourselves and make connections to others and to the world.
  • People understand text differently depending on their worldviews and perspectives.
  • Questioning what we hear, read, and view contributes to our ability to be educated and engaged citizens.
  • Texts are socially, culturally, and historically constructed.
  • Exploring stories and other texts helps us understand ourselves and make connections to others and to the world.
  • Language and story can be a source of creativity and joy.
  • People understand text differently depending on their worldviews and perspectives.
  • Questioning what we hear, read, and view contributes to our ability to be educated and engaged citizens.
  • Texts are socially, culturally, and historically constructed.
  • Learning about ourselves and others helps us develop a positive attitude and caring behaviours, which helps us build healthy relationships.
  • Learning about ourselves and others helps us develop a positive attitude and caring behaviours, which helps us build healthy relationships.
  • Personal choices and social and environmental factors influence our health and well-being.
  • Personal choices and social and environmental factors influence our health and well-being.
  • Daily physical activity enables us to practice skillful movement and helps us develop personal fitness.
  • Learning about similarities and differences in individuals and groups influences community health.
  • Physical literacy and fitness contribute to our success in and enjoyment of physical activity.
  • Lifelong participation in physical activity has many benefits and is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle.
  • Our communities are diverse and made of individuals who have a lot in common.
  • Rights, roles, and responsibilities shape our identity and help us build healthy relationships with others.
  • Stories and traditions about ourselves and our families reflect who we are and where we are from.
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  • British Columbia followed a unique path in becoming a part of Canada.
  • Demographic changes in North America created shifts in economic and political power.
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  • Collective identity is constructed and can change over time.
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  • COVID Precautions
    Masks are not mandatory but are recommended. Our staff will be wearing masks and maintaining physical distancing. Max. number of students is 8. Staff are free up to 3 adults. Our forensics programs are now taking place in a private room instead of the public museum space in the Morgue.
    Trip Details
    City: 
    For Grades: 
    K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Teachers Only
    Days Offered: 
    Duration: 
    60 minutes unless otherwise stated.
    Maximum Students: 
    Offered In French: 
    No
    Also Offered For: 
    Adult Groups, Daycamps, ESL, Guides, Other, Scouts
    Packages Provided: 
    No Packages Provided
    Fee Details
    Cost Per Student: 
    $8.00
    Cost Per Adult: 
    $0.00
    Additional Notes

    A Scavenger Hunt option is available for this program. Please contact the Education Program Lead for this option.