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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  • when we come to vancouver a few times a year I'm always happy to pop in here. can't believe I've missed writing about it! just went to the takashi murakami exhibition, wow! so very cool to catch event...  more »
  • The entrance is not wrong, I found it quite expensive especially in relation to the offer. If I had known in advance, I had skipped this museum. Students can ACC me from 17.00 hours for free? But well, offer is small but maybe still interesting for lovers of modern art, so looking on the agenda changes the offer often. Nice restaurant where you can even without entrance inside. Museum Shop (in general the museum stores in Vancouver) way too expensive and not distinctive.
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  • We just happened to be in Vancouver during this exhibit’s opening weekend (Feb 3, 2018). The exhibit was amazing! Don’t skip the smaller rooms off to the sides of the exhibit for videos on the artist’...  more »
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  • Saw the Monet exhibit just before it closed then a quick shuttle through the Emily Carr exhibit (permanent). The former was ecstatically good. Nicely curated and with good informational signage. The latter gave me a deeper appreciation of Carr's work. Very enjoyable though her oeuvre seems much more coldly philosophical than Monet's who seems to let heaven flow from his brush. How did he achieve that truth with such spare treatment? The gallery is surprisingly small (in my opinion).
  • I have been going here for the last two years on a regular basis and have been consistently enjoying my experience. The art showcased covers a wide range of art forms and puts a spotlight on artists from Canada in a tactful way. My only complaint would be that their tours are too irregular. But that’s minimal. And only requires a bit of extra planning.
  • The Monet exhibition was tastefully put together: enough space to move around and facilities well organized. The restaurant is gorgeous! Vivaldi guitar concerto playing in the roof garden, birds tweeting, fragrant flowers and Sunday lunch with friends made a lovely afternoon! Spacious with plenty of seating - not like London, UK where you try to stand (inconspicuously as possible) like vultures around the tables at the V&A or Tate Britain!
  • Very well priced for the main art gallery in a major city although not as cheap as European galleries if that's what you're used to. I went round quite happily in about 45 minutes. Very interesting exhibitionists with a good number of Canadian artists on display.
  • Beautiful building but the exhibits leave a lot to be desired, for the price you don't often get to see a lot of amazing work and unless it's a famous showing its usually not very good. The second and third floors are either full of "high brow" or the same boring Emily Carr pieces that have been there for a long time. Definitely not a world class art gallery

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