Roedde House is located on the unceded and ancestral homelands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples. The house was built in 1893 for European immigrants, Gustav and Matilda Roedde, who settled in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1888. Gustav became Vancouver’s first bookbinder, opening his own business, G.A. Roedde Bookbinders, in 1890. He also brought with him a talent for paper marbling- a skill he learned as an apprentice in Germany. The design of Roedde House is attributed to famed architect Francis Rattenbury. It is a City of Vancouver-designated Class A Heritage House. The Roedde family lived in Roedde House until 1924 when it then became a rooming and boarding 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 from the perspective of the Roeddes. Feel free to walk into every room and experience what life would have looked like for the Roeddes in late 19th century.
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 (1905) and the Diamond Centre (1895).
MUSEUM HOURS & ENTRY
Hours: Wednesday / Thursday / Friday / Sunday from 1 to 4pm
Attention: The museum will be open by donation from April 24th to May 29th 2022 for Tourism Challenge!
The Museum will be CLOSED on May 13th 2022 for an event.
- 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 table.
- Mask required for entry.
- Tickets are available online or at the door.
- We are currently allowing a maximum of 15 guests per entrance time to allow for distancing.
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
Tourism Challenge, April 24th to May 29th
HOURS: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday from 1pm to 4pm.
The museum will be participating in Tourism Challenge from April 24th to May 29th 2022! Hours will be Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday from 1-4pm. Entry is by donation for those not participating in Tourism Challenge. All touring will be self-guided and the museum will continue to implement capacity limits to prevent overcrowding. Masks are mandatory in the museum.
Participants must participate in the challenge. Stamps will not be awarded without completing the challenge during operational hours.
Magic in the Moonlight Market: Day 1, Friday May 13th , 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Roedde House Museum is partnering with Raven's Veil to put on a special market throughout the museum! You can expect a variety of items for sale, including handmade products, antiques and curios, Victorian-inspired clothing, taxidermy and bug pinning, as well as tarot reading. Friday only: Guest speaker, Dr. Aren Roukema, will also be presenting a half-hour talk on ouija boards and spiritoscopes and refreshments will be included.
Tickets: $20 online - Purchase Tickets Here
Magic in the Moonlight Market: Day 2, Saturday May 14th , 11:00am to 5:00pm
Roedde House Museum is partnering with Raven's Veil to put on a special market throughout the museum! You can expect a variety of items for sale, including handmade products, antiques and curios, Victorian-inspired clothing, taxidermy and bug pinning, as well as tarot reading and, on Saturday only: tea leaf reading.
Tickets: $5 at the door
Join us in the parlour of Roedde House for a screening of the 1922 film, Haxan!
Jazz Concert in the Parlour: Steve Maddock, Andre Lachance (bass) and Chris Gestrin (piano): Thursday, May 26th, 7pm to 9pm
Our Jazz Series continues in the Roedde House parlour with a performance by Steve Maddock, Andre Lechance, and Chris Gestrin!
Find out more: HERE
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:
"Roeddes in the News," curated by RHM Board Member James Gibson and co-curated/interpreted by RHM Programming Assistant Shane Atienza
Newspaper content can reveal a lot about social, cultural, and political goings-on in society. Graciously researched and curated by board member James Gibson, and co-curated and interpreted by Shane Atienza, this exhibition allows you to explore the various ways in which the Roedde family appeared in Vancouver newspapers. From weddings to school dances, car thefts, war, and murder, this exhibition showcases the variety of articles, and broader societal contexts, surrounding the Roedde family in the early 1900s.
*On display NOW in our second floor Collections Room.
"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.
"Roedde School Days", curated by King George Secondary Archivist, Jim Bradbury.
This exhibition showcased the various schools which the six children of Gustav and Matilda Roedde attended in the late 1890s and early 1900s. This was a time when many new schools were being built across the City, and the Roedde children sometimes travelled great distance from their home in the West End. The exhibit has been curated by guest curator, Jim Bradbury, who is an archivist at King George Secondary.
*On display NOW in our second floor Collections Room.
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).