The Roedde family’s home is located on the traditional ancestral and unceded Territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, including those of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. 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
Visitors are now required to select a specific entrance time in order to adhere to and maintain gathering limits set out by BC's Phase II Go Forward Strategy.
- 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
- When visiting in a group, please only stay with members of your household as per current health orders.
- A 3-layer mask must be worn for the duration of your visit.
- The pre-purchase of admission tickets online is preferred, though you may also purchase at the door.
- We are currently allowing a maximum of 5 guests per entrance time.
- Credit card payment for tickets purchased at the door is preferred.
- Visitors purchasing tickets at the door will have their name and number recorded for contact tracing.
- If you purchase all 5 available tickets within a 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
"Roedde Family Stories", curated by Roedde House Museum Staff and Volunteers
Explore our latest Roedde-related acquisitions on display in the Collections Room! Many of the family's descendants have donated and loaned these family belongings which tell the story of Gustav and Matilda and their children and grandchildren during their time living in Roedde House (1893-1925). Included in the exhibit are the creative gifts which Gustav would make for his children and grandchildren, family photographs showcasing the children enjoying outdoor activities in scenic BC locations, and a special display on Anna Catherine Roedde who was a student nurse at Vancouver General Hospital. This exhibit also explores the lives of Emma Roedde's daughters, Gwen and Kathleen Cather, who lived in Roedde House during WWI and who later shared many memories of their childhood which shed light on what life was like for the family in those early years.
"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.
Online Jazz Concert:
- Jazz concerts are virtual for the remainder of the year. Click HERE for access.
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. Read our health and safety protocols first.
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).