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. Before you visit Vancouver, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.
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  • Very interesting collection of Aboriginal artifacts and collections by local artists. Could do more in displaying the collections in a way to make it more palatable. Gift shop dated, nothing of... 
    Very interesting collection of Aboriginal artifacts and collections by local artists. Could do more in displaying the collections in a way to make it more palatable. Gift shop dated, nothing of...  more »
  • The whole experience here was not only beautifully set out, but magnificently insightful. It was truly a look through the historical looking glass and provided my family and I with so much to see and....  more
    The whole experience here was not only beautifully set out, but magnificently insightful. It was truly a look through the historical looking glass and provided my family and I with so much to see and....  more »
  • If you are interested in indigenous cultures then this is your destination. The collection is massive, beautifully housed, and covers cultures from all over the globe. Stunning is the only word. 
    If you are interested in indigenous cultures then this is your destination. The collection is massive, beautifully housed, and covers cultures from all over the globe. Stunning is the only word.  more »
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  • Stunning! There is so much history here to see. So rich with culture and indigenous artistic impressionism. Absolutely a beautiful environment, inexpensive and cultural experience. The ocean is only a short walk, the plant life and trees of different species lovely to look upon! Exciting to see so much character built from the arts of heritage.
  • They're currently undergoing seismic upgrades so the great room was closed. There's a little discount because of this and we were able to use the family rate. You can still see the totem poles in a storage room laying on racks. Still impressive. We came early lots of parking. 2 hours was just enough time with 2 kids. You can easily spend more time if you come with someone who appreciates every bit of history on display and discuss about the pieces. The outside exhibits are open to the public and the entire museum is cool thanks to Arthur Erikson's architecture.
  • You must visit this museum if you are interested in different cultures and especially to gain some insight into Native cultures within British Columbia and Canada. Everything here is astonishing. It is truly a blessing to be able to see and learn about many of the artifacts they hold. The staff was kind and helpful, and even a security guard told us about a few of the artifacts. We had a lovely experience here. I would advise you to budget a couple of hours here -- time passes quickly because there is just so much to see. I hope you enjoy this museum as much as I did.
  • Incredible collection of all kinds of valued history!! We spent 2 hours in the museum & had a great time. We discovered the drawers that you can pull out for even more beautiful artifacts & were amazed. Although paying for parking? 12 dollars?!? Kind of ridiculous considering you have to pay for entry to the museum itself.. Also, each item may be labeled, but it would be helpful for larger signs designating each section (ie. Country in the world) within the galleries.
  • Amazing museum, i loved it so much! It was much bigger than I expected. Wonderful collection from different parts of the world and the biggest First Nations history collection I've seen. Highly recommend

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