6 Children's Museums


Long gone are the days of no-touch, learn-from-a-distance museums. Good thing Vancouver children’s museums feature hands-on exhibits and activities that capture the imaginations of your kids. Not only are these museums fun, they actively engage kids to help them learn and retain information. Find out for yourself and visit these five children’s museums in Vancouver with hands-on fun.

  • Science World at TELUS World of Science

    Science World

    Besides its distinctive, golf-ball shaped geometric architecture, Science World is undoubtedly one of the most hands-on, interactive and non-boring museum you’ll ever come across. Its catch-phrase for its 20th anniversary, “Igniting Minds for 20 Years,” says a lot about the museum. Kids get a chance to engage with exhibits like BodyWorks via games, workshops and talks -- all while having a blast. The OMNIMAX Theatre, one of Vancouver’s best, showcases thrilling and visually stunning movies, while rotating exhibits give local families regular learning experiences that spark the imagination.
  • Britannia Mine Museum

    Britannia Mine Museum

    All aboard! Jump onto a real mining train and travel into the depths of the miner’s world at the BC Museum of Mining. Not only do kids learn about geology and mining history, they’ll also have a chance to pan for real gold at the museum’s renowned panning station. Other highlights include checking out an authentic dinosaur footprint and getting your hands dirty with real-time demonstrations at the EPCOR Britannia Mine Water Treatment Plant Discovery Centre.
  • Vancouver Maritime Museum

    Vancouver Maritime Museum

    This Vanier Park museum is an all-access pass to British Columbia’s sea life. Head straight to the Children’s Maritime Discovery Centre for hands-on activities. This is where kids can play in a full-sized replica of a tugboat, take a peek into telescopes for a glimpse of real marine life and learn how to help keep Vancouver’s waters pristine. For another adventure, consider the museum’s overnight programs, where kids can spend the night and learn more about life on the water.
  • HR MacMillan Spance Center

    H.R. MacMillan Space Center

    You’ll discover the wonders of space and astronomy from a Canadian perspective at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre. Participate in live demonstrations to learn how rockets fly and how astronauts live and work in space. Explore a gallery of exhibits and games where you can morph yourself into an alien or land a space shuttle. Be amazed by the stars, planets, and galaxies in the Planetarium astronomy shows. It’s a day of family fun.
  • Museum of Vancouver

    Museum of Vancouver

    Located right on the water with brilliant views, the Museum of Vancouver is a hotbed for hands-on learning and activities for kids -- and it’s all about Vancouver. Educational programs take groups back in time with programs such as Night of the Mummy, where parents and kids excavate artefacts, explore galleries in the dark and even get up close and personal with a real mummy.
  • Vancouver Aquarium

    Vancouver Aquarium

    Last but certainly not least is a Vancouver family favourite. This one-of-a-kind aquarium gives visitors the opportunity to get right up to sea otters, dolphins and beluga whales, but for a truly hands-on experience, sign up for the aquarium’s unique animal encounters program where you can help trainers take care of their marine friends.

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