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. With our custom trip planner, Vancouver attractions like Museum of Anthropology can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • August 15, 2017
    This is a must do/see in Vancouver. One of the very few places in BC where great attention is paid to the First Nations history - if you want to learn more about the period prior to 150 years Canada y...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    A place where you can read in peace with the art and history of the original peoples of Canada. For the ambitious also a piece of the history of the world from the Amazon to Polynesia. The Museum absolutely to visit, despite the considerable distance from the Centre. A little wild to a man feels a bit pomieszanej the European exhibition of ceramics, but other than that I recommend
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  • August 15, 2017
    If you were lucky enough to have a guide from a First Nation People who told you about the various traditions from wood carving to language to customs, then you would appreciate this museum on your ow...  more »
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  • July 6, 2017
    Cool museum. They have this great exhibition where Chinese/Japanese characters fall from the ceiling in a projector display. Shadowing the character makes the object display. We spent a good thirty minutes playing with this. They also have chairs where you can sit and listen to stories from the First Nations. Would recommend spending a couple hours here.
  • June 26, 2017
    Excellent tour guide telling us about the first nations people and their culture. The building it self is striking. And the many carved totem poles are beautiful. There are many other rooms holding many artifacts from many cultures and an interactive projected room is fun to play in.
  • June 8, 2017
    Parking not free here. Bags not allowed in the museum, but lockers are available for 25 cents. Many small and a few big lockers available. Selfie sticks/tripods not allowed. Restrooms available. Nice small exhibit. Was able to go through everything in about 1.5 hours. Wish you can get small totem poles at the gift shop.
  • July 5, 2017
    Beautiful and extensive collection of PNW/BC First Nations artwork in a marvelously designed brutalist, post-and-beam style facility. There are both old and contemporary pieces of art here as well as cultural/ethnic collections from around the world. The pond area outside the museum hosts a replica longhouse. Admission is a little pricey but well worth it. The cafe here is also very good. No bags allowed but lockers are available for 25 cents.
  • July 7, 2017
    Awe-inspiring. Really, too much to even begin to take in on one visit. You could spend days there. A single complaint: I needed water (hot day) and I found only one weak water fountain.

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