Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver

4.6
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. Before you visit Vancouver, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.
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  • When you have some moment in Vancouver and if you have only 3 hours between two stupid unnecessary meetings or if you decide to discover the first nation, the roots of coast... this is the dream come.  more »
  • It has to be seen. Worth every penny. Great walls of glass make it seem bright even on a rainy day. The trail to the left of the entrance takes you around the building to a spectacular traditional...  more »
  • Attending a wonderful special event and enjoyed the new exhibits especially the Tahltan obsidian exhibition by the cafe!  more »
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  • Pretty special place that lives up to its reputation. I was interested in Haida culture before I went here, now I’m fascinated by it. Take your time and soak this all in. If timing permits, I recommend taking a free guided tour. Be sure to check out the outside where Bill Reid created a traditional Haida House with totem poles. There are also hiking trails around the building that would be worth your time. This is a must stop if you are in Vancouver.
  • I highly recommend the Museum of Anthropology for several hours in the morning or afternoon. The museum has over 40,000 items on exhibit, mainly from First Nation in the Pacific Northwest where more than 30 languages were spoken. The free tours are with the hour needed, which are very informative. The museum gives many insights in the self sustaining original inhabitants into their art and culture as well as the impacts of European settlement. There is also an interesting section of tin glazed earthenware with 600 items across European history.
  • A museum focused on native art, from Canada and the world. Incredible totems, masks and other handicrafts. The facility is really nice and well organized. Plan for 2 to 3 hours. I didn't like that you have to pay 4 dollars per hour for parking but it was expected.
  • Incredible! Free 1 hour tour was very informative and respectful of the history and art of indigenous peoples. It was rushed but it had to be to fit in talks in each area! A MUST-do experience in Vancouver. Bus was fairly easy to get to from the city. You need to walk through the university campus
  • Such an interesting place! I highly recommend to visit this museum with time planing of at least 2-3 hrs. You can walk through the UBC campus then reach this great place. Cannot remember the entrance fee (i guess 18$) but it was worthy to spend. Lots of exhibitions are expected inside as well as outside. the building is currently in renovation.

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