The Roedde family’s home is located within the shared Territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh). Gustav and Matilda Roedde settled in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1888. Gustav became Vancouver’s first bookbinder while working for the Vancouver News Advertiser. In 1890 he opened his own bookbinding business as G.A Roedde Bookbinders and by 1893 was successful enough to afford to build a house in the new West End neighbourhood. Roedde House, design attributed to famed architect Francis Rattenbury, is a City of Vancouver-designated Class A Heritage House.
Since 1990, the Roedde House Preservation Society has taken painstaking care to restore and furnish the house to reflect the ambience of late Victorian family life. Feel free to walk into every room; you will even be invited to touch some artifacts. Come in and experience life in the late 19th century for yourself.
While in the neighbourhood, stroll through the peaceful, leafy Barclay Heritage Square, sit in the gazebo or on one of the many benches, and take in the sights of Roedde House and its neighbours, such as Barclay Manor and the Diamond Centre (1895).
MUSEUM HOURS & ENTRY
Hours: Thursday / Friday / Sunday from 1 to 4pm
- Entry to the Museum is through the front door (ring the old fashion doorbell)
- Tours are self-guided with the option of audio features via your phone or a provided tablet
- A mask must be worn for the duration of your visit.
- Proof of vaccination will be requested starting October 1st 2021.
- Tickets are available online or at the door.
- We are currently allowing a maximum of 10 guests per entrance time to allow for distancing.
- Visitors purchasing tickets at the door will have their name and number recorded for contact tracing.
- If you purchase all 5 available tickets within an online time slot you may use coupon code GROUPPROMO for 10% off.
General Admission: $10.00
Youth (6-18yrs) Admission: $5
Wheelchair Accessible Admission: $5 (ground floor only)
Children (5yrs and under) Admission : Free
RHM Members: Free
B.C. Culture Days: Hands-On Heritage September 24th to October 24th
As part of B.C. Culture Days in 2021, we will be releasing a series of educational videos which showcase some of the Roedde family's favourite activities. Learn about the Roeddes and try out these activities as you get your hands on heritage!
Videos will be released throughout the Culture Days timeline of September 24th to October 24, 2021. You can find the videos HERE.
New Virtual Reality Tour Available!
Roedde House Museum has partnered with VR Voyage to create an interactive virtual tour which you can experience from the comfort of your own home. Purchase the tour experience here:
"Wish You Were Here", curated by Harper Wellman and the Roedde House Museum Collections Commmittee
This exhibition celebrates print culture and the postcard as a visual and textual mode of communications in the previous centuries, and also connects to current conditions of distancing, restricted wanderlust, and correspondence. It is a medium of many intrigues: a window to a foreigh world, a message laid bare for both the recipient and the mail carrier, a souvenir to be collected.
*On display NOW in our second floor Collections Room.
Read more: HERE
"House Restoration: Preserving the Past for Future Generations", curated by Roedde House Museum Staff
A small exhibit showcasing artefacts found during the restoration of Roedde House is now on display in the Parlour. Roedde House received heritage designation in 1976, and in 1984 the Roedde House Preservation Society began restoration of the interior. During the restoration, many layers of history were uncovered and these findings are currently on display; from a dog's tooth found in the backyard, to original wallpaper scraps and other odds and ends which had remained hidden over the years. Photos of the restoration process are also on display, as well as images of the house in past decades.
"Canada, Your Prints are Ready!", curated by Peter Richard Lowery
The exhibition features a diverse collection of original photographs which were gathered over the past 5 years from antique stores, estate sales, flea markets, garage sales and various sources. Many were misplaced, forgotten, unwanted, or never picked up, in other words "fallen through the cracks". Lost, but now found and reunited, most are unique and have never been seen by the public. Original photos by many recognized Canadians including Gowan, Frank, Spalding, Harmon, Devine, Notman, Macatskill, Karsh and Foncie.
Online School Program:
- Our school program has gone online this year with a new video. Click HERE to find out more.
1. Photo Tour:
Room by room online tour: click HERE to begin
2. Audio Tour:
Listen to our room by room podcast tour by clicking one of the options below:
PODCAST ADDICT: https://podcastaddict.com/podcast/3034160
3. Museum Tour:
Click HERE to purchase your tickets for a self-guided tour of the Museum.
Address: 1415 Barclay Street, Vancouver BC , V6G 1J6
Limited street parking is available on Robson and in the West End. Parking spots are scarce in the neighbourhood, so give yourself some extra time or use public transportation. (Closest Skytrain station: Burrard).