Welcome to the Roedde family’s home. Gustav and Matilda Roedde settled in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1888. He became Vancouver’s first bookbinder while working for the Vancouver News Advertiser. In 1890 Gustav opened the 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 artefacts. 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).

Featured Events


Classical Concert Series - Tango Toward the Sea - Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 4PM

On October 21st, join us in the parlour for Tango Toward the Sea, a flute and guitar program featuring music from France, Argentina, and Japan. Two of Vancouver’s most acclaimed solo and collaborative players, flautist Mark McGregor and guitarist Adrian Verdejo combine forces for what promises to be an excellent afternoon concert.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors.


Jazz Concert Series - Bill Coon (guitar) & Paul Rushka (bass) - Thursday, November 8, 2018, 7-9PM

On Thursday, November 8th, join us in the parlour for Bill Coon (guitar) & Paul Rushka (bass). Bill and Paul have been playing together for over 15 years. Their fantastic sound and synchronicity shines in this intimate duo setting which will feature blues, familiar jazz standards and original compositions. Rich harmonic possibilities and exceptional melody are interwoven with energizing swing. Paul is proud to be a part of Bill Coon's double quartet which has just recorded a wonderful new CD entitled Departure on the label Cellar Live.


Current Exhibit: Memories of the Future III

Diyan Achjadi and Cindy Mochizuki
Curated by Katherine Dennis

September 25 – November 18, 2018

Visitor's Stitch and Sip: Sunday, November 18, 1–3 p.m. 
Participation is free (donations welcome).
Registration required as space is limited. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to secure your spot for this special two-hour program. 

Diyan Achjadi and Cindy Mochizuki host an afternoon of desserts and embroidery at the Roedde House Museum. Participants draw and embroider onto handkerchiefs using European and Japanese (bunka shishu) styles of needlework. Coffee, tea and sweets in response to the complex history of the site will be served.

About the Exhibition

In response to the history and domestic setting of the Roedde House—built in 1893 and originally home to the family of Gustav Roedde, one of Vancouver’s first bookbinders—artists Diyan Achjadi and Cindy Mochizuki mark and inscribe the Roedde House Museum with reimagined narratives. The artists each consider an element of the museum’s print history, including the Roedde’s successful printing business and the decorative arts typical of the late 19th century. Inserting their artworks within the period rooms, the artists interrupt the museum’s dominant story of a middle-class European immigrant family and speak to Canada’s difficult colonial history, which continues to shape the nation’s present. 


Current Exhibit: Canada, Your Prints Are Ready!

The exhibition will feature 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. Curated by Peter Richard Lowery.

Job Posting: Community Engagement Coordinator

The Community Engagement Coordinator will work in concert with the Museum Manager to manage volunteers & volunteer program, promote special programs and events, engage the community and maintain a database of members and donors.

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1415 Barclay Street, Vancouver BC V6G 1J6

Phone: 604.684.7040 

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Special Hours for Memories of the Future III Exhibit

September 29 – November 18, 2018

Monday - Closed

Tuesday to Saturday: 11 AM to 4 PM

Sundays: 1 PM to 4 PM


Fall/Winter Hours -  September to May

Monday - Closed

Tuesday to Friday: 1 PM  to 4 PM

Saturday - Closed

Sundays: 1 PM to 4 PM

Please plan to arrive no later than 3:15pm to fully enjoy Sunday Tea & Tour.


Summer Hours -  June to August

Monday - Closed

Tuesday to Saturday: 11 AM  to 4 PM

Sundays: 1 PM to 4 PM

Please plan to arrive no later than 3:15pm to fully enjoy Sunday Tea & Tour.


General Admission with guided tour: $5.00

Tea and Tour (Sundays): $8.00

Children under 5: No Charge

We do not accept debit cards. Square accepted for Credit Cards.


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.

We are on the #5 Robson bus route).

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