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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  • It's an art gallery... So you either love it or hate it. To be honest, it's best to plan your trip when you see an exhibit you might be interested in. Merchandise is extremely overpriced ... Pins are around $30. A sticker is $7.00. Theme parks like Disneyland are cheaper by a wide margin! Tickets are expensive too, but there are deals available certain days of the week, so it's worth it to plan your outing in advance. Sometimes Costco also has discount exhibit tickets. Too expensive for a family outing though, really only for art connoisseurs. Not a lot of interactive elements for kids. Very much a traditional art gallery.
  • Have been here once with a friend. It was such a memorable experience. For those who are very passionate about art, I'd recommend spending at least 3 hours to explore :) They have very detailed description for every piece of art, along with some documentary films in dedicated theatres. Friendly staffs who are willing to guide you :) I forgot my student ID and I showed the staff my online student account to get the student discount, and she was totally okay with it! The one thing that could have made my experience better was the item-check lady. She had a very bad attitude when I asked her for my bag the second time (I forgot to grab my money for the ticket). That attitude was inappropriate for a staff in a customer service oriented position, especially at the Vancouver Art Gallery.
  • Art displays are nice and it's a good space. The day I visited the cash line was quite long, with only one staff working. You have to leave large items and bags at coat check (free) but they only have one line to drop off and pick up so another long line. Hard working staff but not enough of them.
  • Tuesday evening from 5pm to closing is donation night. Pay what you can to see international art works! It is more crowded than at other times, so if you can afford to pay full price, you can enjoy quieter contemplation. However, this is a wonderful program to allow lower income individuals an opportunity to enjoy excellent artwork. Check out the special events at the art gallery too. I have heard some wonderful concerts there. Looking forward to the new, improved art gallery. Donate if you can. The staff and curators are doing a wonderful job in the heritage building. I hope they are able to keep donation night going in the new facility.
  • I love the art gallery. The building itself is gorgeous and the curating of exhibits strong. It is a pleasure to visit: spacious, a delicious cafeteria and the best open outdoor patio in the city centre. Gift shop and great children's activities on Sundays. It is a jewel.
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