Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver

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Established in 1931, Vancouver Art Gallery represents the largest art museum in Western Canada and boasts more than 11,000 pieces in its permanent collection. Designed by Francis Rattenbury, the Neoclassical-style building is a former courthouse and National Historic Site of Canada. See historic European art by numerous Dutch 17th century artists, or admire one of the gallery's touring exhibitions. The museum showcases the works of notable Canadian artists such as the Group of Seven and Emily Carr, as well as American and European modern artists. Make Vancouver Art Gallery a centerpiece of your Vancouver vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Vancouver trip itinerary planning tool .
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  • Really disappointed with this visit - and wish we'd spent our limited time elsewhere in the city. If you have other options - go there instead! Half the exhibits were closed in early June for maintena...  more »
  • Was there on 19 June for the evening entrance by donation (recommended donation being C$10). Unfortunately they don’t allow you to donate only after you have walked through the gallery to show how muc...  more »
  • I had a great visit with my 12 & 14-year old children on a "by donation" Tuesday evening. The cabin exhibit was fun and interactive and the Emily Carr paintings were sublime. Well-curated gift shop, t...  more »
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  • Overall is pretty good. Except to certain one staff who work at the Shop, may challenge you by a measurement tape on what is balancing on a product; also may tell, sorry she Means it only: "it's on sale 50% off, what do you expect, perfectly no defect? besides, art is sarcastic, even that is a plush pillow, off scale is acceptable." Oh, even buying a few hundreds dollar item, be expected this girl will charge you a bag fee, that's a rainy day, I have no choice and no mood to argue. Just make sure You will bring a large grocery bag with you for shopping at Art Gallery. Yes, this is my true experience, what a shame, for this white, brown long hair, younger female, there would be NO stars at all. What a customer service. Oh yes, if I see she is working, then I will turn around, there is no point for me to buy a 50/50 and ruin my happy day. **** Lucky enough, there are still Mr White, Miss Asian, Mrs White (a bit older than That one only) and Mr Brown, they know what they are doing, besides, check them out, they have a big friendly smile that makes you feel... Yes, this is Vancouver. We welcome your visit, and be Happy to check around. They actually will tell you "if you need help, let me know.". For them, I will give 5 Stars.
  • At the risk of sharing a face spot, don't forget after the museum to go upstairs to the Gallery Cafe. The food is really good, self serve style where you order and then take good to your table. Reasonably priced as well. The big treat is their large three tiered outdoor patio. Maybe 30 tables or more out door, lots of 12 foot wide umbrellas so you don't need to sit under the sun. It is s gorgeous oasis of trees and flowers in the middle of downtown. It is a favourite spot for Mr whether by myself, as a couple and for larger groups. Lots of comfy lounge seating as well. Very busy at standard lunch and afternoon tea (okay most people are holding a glass of bubbly). Wine and beer are available. Outdoor music on patio is gentle and helps create the ambience. You won't want to leave.
  • Fascinating collection during the "Cabin fever" expo. Some lovely designs including models, plans, videos and even walk in life size cabins. A range of designs left me feeling inspired to go create my own cabin in the woods. Trouble is now I have too many ideas to work through thanks to this show. The rest of the gallery is also very nice. However I am more into the architecture than art so went rather quickly through the rest of the gallery.
  • It's been over 20 years since my last visit. My kids enjoyed the quick tour. It would be nice that they have children interactive art area. This art gallery is a little small and old with a very slow elevator. I can't wait to see the new art gallery in the near future.
  • Amazing place. Yet you are watched closely by staff, some are friendly, welcoming and others make you feel like you are in jail. Nevertheless, it's precious Art, so you can understand their apprehension. The Art Gallery continually updates their displays and highlights various themes. Check their website. The Art is displayed very well with explanations of what it is and the Artist's background. You will find paintings, models and technology in Art and you will time travel to different eras in Art. Spending at least 2 -3 hrs there is worth it.
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