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.
Museum of Anthropology Reviews
The museum is easy to reach via bus - UBC has a nice and well-labeled bus terminal. The museum itself is getting upgraded for earthquake so some displays are limited but the large totems and other dis... more »
We visited during a recent trip to Vancouver, and I am so glad I added this to my itinerary. What an amazing collection of artifacts, pottery, totem poles and more from all over the world. Everything ... more »
Incredible museum to come and learn about the rich culture and heritage of the First Nations populations of the Pacific coast. I highly recommend joining a guided tour if one is going on—it’s free and in about 30 minutes you learn quite a bit! The museum is also very open and honest about how pieces were acquired, and the ongoing debates as to whether or not they should be displayed in public. The outside exhibits—set against a backdrop of mountains and sea—are stunning. Well worth a visit and easily accessible from downtown Vancouver via public transit (which also allows for a lovely walk through the UBC campus).
Gorgeous venue with exceptionally presented pieces from local and global artists. Kids really appreciate the items that are available for gentle touch. Beyond what is presented in the displays, the drawers are filled with treasures that will keep you captivated for hours.
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