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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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  • Didn't go inside but teavelled about the ground to see the Haida houses and totems in lovely naturalized settings.  more »
  • This beautiful building compliments the First Nations art and ceremonial carving perfectly. The outside and inside space bleed together in a splendid hall. The exhibit had been the expertly curated.  more »
  • Arrived just in time to catch the tour group. The docent, Josephine, was very informative and interesting. Great museum to learn about the First Nation people. Inspired us to go to the Bill Reid Galle...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.