Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver

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One of the nation's most renowned repositories of Native American artifacts and artwork, Museum of Anthropology also plays home to a sizeable collection of cultural gems from around the world. Visit the museum and marvel at its 10,000-strong selection of works of global art, which range from Chinese ceremonial clothing to ancient European pottery. However, you'll find that the totem poles, masks, and carvings of First Nations peoples are the true stars of the museum. Join one of the museum's free guided tours to learn in more depth about the collections. The facility features a number of traveling exhibits and temporary displays, so be sure to check the website to see the current offerings. Plan my Vancouver trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.
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  • The Museum is very modern. It perfectly combines the ancient totem poles with modern architecture and culture brings closer to the first nation in authentic and simple way. The Museum has exhibits in and around the building. There is also a large collection of objects and works of art of all First Nations around the globe.
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  • The Museum is located on the campus of the University of British Columbia, about 20 minutes from downtown of Vancouver. Tourists to the culture and history of Aboriginal (First Nations) are interested in, don't miss the exhibitions of the MOA. The Museum of anthropology in Vancouver shows especially Indian art from several centuries. Among other things also Totem and totem poles, cult objects and sculptures. Attraction is the sculpture carved from cedar wood "the Raven and the first men" by Bill Reid. This sculpture can be seen also on the 20-dollar bill of Canada. Other objects by Reid as bear sculptures, dug-outs and motives of Wasco Indians can also be seen in the Museum. There is also to see delicate gold jewelry and other artifacts of Canada's Indian tribes in the Collections. The centerpiece of the Museum but is a unique collection of items of the Musqueam Indians. They were the first people who settled in the North West of Canada. The objects come predominantly from the early 19th century and are considered very valuable and very rare. The Indians were resettled by white settlers and nearly wiped out by diseases introduced by them. The collections with cult objects and utensils of the natives of the South Pacific are completed. The Museum is also a cosy café and a shop. Overall the Museum is highly recommended.
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  • An amazing collection of artefacts belonging to the first nation people. Well curated and insightful into a peaceful life at one with nature and their journey to fight for what they believe.  more »
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  • This feels like a small museum but then you discover the drawers that pull out with even more things in and suddenly you've got more than it's possible to see in a day. The cafe was good with a comfortable sofa. The different rooms had different ways of showing objects so that there's no chance of getting board. The gift shop was full of interesting items.
  • Ok. I thought it was a museum displaying the development history of human being... like how people evolved from monkey... But I was wrong. This museum is mostly about indigenous culture and other traditional cultures. But the building design itself is amazing, with a whole side of the building facing the sea, which is astonishing when sunlight pours in.
  • We had a great time at this museum. We enjoyed the standing Totems and Indigenous Art/Artifacts displayed. Lots of rooms to explore at your own pace. And they're collection on display, rather than in storage, was amazing. Parking is super expensive so consider public transit when travelling to the museum.
  • A very peaceful/tranquil environment that houses a great many works, including those from foreign countries. A priceless collection and a pleasure to explore. The layout might do with some more connections between exhibit areas and taller ceilings for some of the taller works (totem poles) but otherwise a good facility.
  • This museum is one of the few things I actually miss about Vancouver! You could literally spend hours going through the place and not get bored! If I were to ever come back to Vancouver, this would probably be my one and only stop!
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