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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  • Worth the trip by cab (Vancouver does not have Uber). Stayed 2 hours but could have stayed longer. Be sure to find out when the free tour is. The woman doing ours was very knowledgable about First Nat...  more »
  • The architecture of the museum is striking, but the collections are really stunning. Anything you could want to know about the west coast First Nations cultures. We learned more about totem poles than...  more »
  • The Museum is located in the campus of UBC, pretty far from Downtown and therefore cannot be reached quickly by public transport. Architecturally it is a beautiful modern building. The cost of entry is $18. The main attraction is undoubtedly the Totem room with artifacts of the tribe First Nations. In my opinion, there is a lack of explanatory panels that meet with regard to culture, society, religion needed in a museum like that. For those who are absolutely fast, the museum looks majestic, but empty of information. The huge room with artifacts from other areas of the world have the same lack of information, apart from the fact that being mixed without an apparent logical thread the room seems more like a Wunderkammer of European 1500 rather than a Museum North America in the 21st century. The visit can last about 2-3 hours, but I don't think it's worth the $18 entry and definitely not a must-visit if you stay in town for a few days.
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  • 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.
  • I recommend it to everyone. The native art is spendid. We also had lunch here: service was nice and quick, food was good The gift shop is full of wonderful choices. Don't miss walking around to the back side, which is an amazing piece of architecture, with more remarkable carvings on display.
  • This museum has a wide range of selection of authentic, artistic and unique items basically from first nation people. It's better to plan for a 2-3 hour visit, even though the museum is not incredibly large. The descriptions of different items and processes are very interesting and easy to read. They have an online system, so you can look for items in one specific region (or city). Admission is $18 for adults. I find it reasonable.
  • The extent of the native art and array of carving is quite amazing. It has Indigenous art from all around the globe but specialises as you would expect on North America. Really well presented and worht the visit. The Museum is located within the campus of the University and we took the local bus from downtown and it was a very pleasant 20 min trip
  • This is a wonderful experience to see the history in this place. Such amazing artwork in a very innovative (to me) display method. Each area has many drawers to open containing much more art, sacred items and tools for everyday life than a museum of a similar size may otherwise be able to display. More too see than the one day I had would allow. Hope life leads me to Vancouver again so I can visit once more. A must-see for any trip to Vancouver.

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