Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver

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Just 20 minutes from downtown Vancouver and the Vancouver International Airport, Museum of Anthropology, located at the University of British Columbia, houses one of the world’s finest displays of Northwest Coast First Nations arts in a spectacular Arthur Erickson-designed building overlooking mountains and sea. Inside the soaring glass and concrete structure of the museum's Great Hall, see magnificent carvings, weavings, and contemporary artworks. Admire the world’s largest collection of works by acclaimed Haida artist Bill Reid, including his famous cedar sculpture The Raven and the First Men, and explore the Multiversity Galleries where over 9,000 objects from around the world are displayed. Additionally, stroll the grounds, where monumental Haida houses, poles and Musqueam house posts capture the dramatic beauty of traditional Northwest Coast architecture and design. Enjoy a wide range of special exhibits and public programs, including free guided tours. Visit the shop for an expertly-curated selection of handcrafted objects and relax in the cafe. Plan my Vancouver trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.
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  • I personally not really liked this museum. I found it rather dull and not as spectacular. Therefore I would not recommend it unless you have great interest in first nation history.
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  • The weather was overcast and we wanted to learn more about the First Nation people. This is certainly the place to go to get the history of the native people. Lots to see and well presented. Some thou...  more »
  • This museum is the best to learn about First Nations of BC. Huge collection. Guided tours if wanted. Docents with s wealth of knowledge. You can spend hours in here and still not see everything. If yo...  more »
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  • Breathtaking collection of Indigenous culture and history of the Pacific Northwest, as well as artifacts from Indigenous communities around the world. They have a clear commitment to working alongside First Peoples to ensure the artifacts are displayed and preserved in ways that are respectful and accessible to the communities that they belong to. The guided tour was stellar - the knowledgeable guide shared stories and explained customs that you wouldn't learn by touring on your own.
  • If there is a must-see in Vancouver this is the Museum of Anthropology. Their public collection is beyond this world and the native section is a thoughtful introduction to the Pacific West Coast first Nations. The volunteers are very knowledgeable and friendly. The walking tours are great to discover the museum. There is much to learn and see, but first it is a great journey towards the first Nations culture.
  • I went with my friend, and so when we bought admission tickets (which are clips that you can put onto your shirt) my friend managed to lose mine a couple seconds after purchasing it. The security guard offered me his admission clip, which was a wonderful gesture of kindness as we didnt have to pay again, and even showed us around the museum. It was beautiful, so much culture was preserved and will be sitting there for a long time.
  • A beautiful museum holding important art and culturally important works. I really learned a great deal about First Nations culture and about the collections on one of the tours, and would definitely recommend going on one. Prepare to spend about 2 hours to get a good look at the museum. Also go outside at the back for a better look at the beautiful architecture and outdoor example of a longhouse.
  • Got to learn alot about the First Nations from this area. Things I never knew, I love looking at the maps of where villages were. Wish I had more time. Thursday nights are a good deal if you're tight on cash, and the free guided tour (after entry cost) is so informative!
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