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. Plan my Vancouver trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.
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  • Museum located next to the campus of the University of British Columbia, there is a part that tells the story about the indigenous peoples who inhabited the region before the settlers. Their traditions, their totems, including including a replica of a village. It also has a vast collection of different native tribes from all over the world. Wheelchair accessible, perhaps a bit irksome for small children.
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  • Visiting Vancouver this museum was on our list. We have been there before but there’s always something new. The totems in the main hall are incredible but my favorite piece is by Bill Reid.  more »
  • The Museum of Anthropology is the most unique collection exhibit I have ever seen anywhere in the world. A visit will open your eyes to the many wonderful cultures that exist in British Columbia , and...  more »
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  • Worth visiting for the architecture, which is absolutely beautiful. It's a dominating building in a beautiful setting, with lots of natural light inside from skylights. The collections themselves differ. There's an enormous collection of totems, a room entirely dedicated to one man's ceramics collection, and a room filled with various bits and pieces from many other cultures as well as First Nations. This room was iffy for me coming from New Zealand + Tongan background - many of the labels on the items really missed the mark, in some cases were downright wrong. I also question how they wound up at the museum as these things clearly weren't gifted by people from the cultures themselves - they seem to have all been collected by a Mr Frank Burnett. The surroundings of the museum are lovely. The university campus itself is worth wandering through, and definitely go to the bookstore (which is more than a bookstore). But the museum is more lovely outside than in, for me.
  • MOA building is well designed to reflect a first nation's long house with very high ceilings and lots of natural lights. Look out the building is a well designed hill and pond with located trees and plants. There are totem poles inside and outside the building with a very pleasant trained volunteer as a free tour guide. It helped us a lot to understand the meaning of each carving figures on totem pole or statue. The displays are amazing too.
  • Great display of traditional artifacts from all over the world, but with focus on the local ones. The museum also aims at doing justice to the aboriginal people and their art. I loved how they displayed the large variety of exhibits. Because the space is limited they placed some of the handicrafts in drawers. Visitors can pull the drawers they want and see the objects that are representative of the aborigines' way of life. You can browse an e-catalogue which helps you to locate any handicrafts you would be interested to see. Discounted tickets are available on Thursday evenings.
  • The Museum of Anthropology is well worth the long drive from downtown Vancouver, and is well connected by buses from most of the major hubs in the city. The collection is really beautiful and provides a fascinating insight into the First Nation - we particularly enjoyed the outdoor exhibit which helps to bring the totems to life. Although it had previously been recommended I did find the gift shop a little disappointing.
  • This is the best museum in Vancouver. The collection of Totem Poles and other artifacts native to the Pacific Northwest is very interesting. The actual building is also very beautiful and the location is great. We took a free tour with a very knowledgeable lady who works as a volunteer.
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