Visit Vancouver's oldest morgue at Vancouver Police Museum

Oct 23 2020, 10:16 pm

The Vancouver Police Museum is the perfect place to visit for those intrigued by true crime.

Explore the museum’s spooky exhibits to get into the Halloween spirit.

Autopsy tables that were used by pathologists lie in the Morgue and Autopsy Suite. Throughout its 48 years of operations, the morgue saw a great number of bodies coming through its doors.

“I don’t know the exact number of bodies,” said former museum director Rosslyn Shipp, “but we do know there were approximately 20,000 autopsies performed here while in service.”

Museum staff said that the 88-year-old building has seen its fair share of “the slamming doors” and “the pitter-patter of feet at night.”

Furthermore, the true crimes exhibition will be showcasing evidence behind real crimes that go beyond chilling headlines for Vancouver’s most shocking cases.

The exhibit features rare photos and details of each event to highlight the scientific and investigative methods behind solving each mystery. This includes the case of the Pauls family, Vancouver’s first triple-homicide, who had their autopsies conducted at the morgue in 1958.

True Crime exhibit at Vancouver Police Museum

If you’re looking for a guided experience, try out the Grisly Tales Vancouver audio tour. The tour is included in admission to the museum and takes visitors through four ghastly tales from Vancouver’s past.

Check out the museum’s website for more info, and prepare for a hauntingly good scare.

Vancouver Police Museum

Where: 40 East Cordova Street, Vancouver
Hours: Thursday to Saturday 10 am-5 pm | Sunday noon-5 pm | Closed on Stat Holiday
Tickets: Available online, $12 for adults, $10 for students

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