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Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver

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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. Before you visit Vancouver, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.
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  • This is SUPERB. It’s DEAD EASY to get out to… tons of buses going from central ‘couver. An impressive walk across the Uni campus, and there you are at a crazily overstuffed dramatic subterranean... 
    This is SUPERB. It’s DEAD EASY to get out to… tons of buses going from central ‘couver. An impressive walk across the Uni campus, and there you are at a crazily overstuffed dramatic subterranean...  more »
  • The museum is quite far from the central parts of Vancouver, so you either need a car or take the bus to the university campus. But if you have the slightest interest in the culture of First Nations.....  more
    The museum is quite far from the central parts of Vancouver, so you either need a car or take the bus to the university campus. But if you have the slightest interest in the culture of First Nations.....  more »
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  • The Museum of Anthropology is truly amazing! I could spend several days admiring the collection and probably not do justice to it all. The $18 an adult admission is money well spent! The honest questioning by exhibitors about the ethics of saving pieces such as large totems that were meant to be in a heritage place and then return to the earth as opposed to preserving them to gain an understanding of cultural heritage is handled so well. This Catch 22 situation really makes you think. Having said such I am so grateful for the opportunity to experience them. The extensive collection including permanent and loaned Indigenous art work, including a spectacular collection of Bill Reid carvings and other pieces will fill touch your heart and soul!
  • Museum exhibits were interesting. I especially liked the porcelain exhibition. The totems were good too. Reasonably priced entrance fee at C$18 for adults and C$16 for students. Too much for us to take in on 2 hours so I would suggest you devote at least 4 to 5 hours there. Pity that two of the halls were closed for refurbishing or conservation or something. Gift shop items were priced way out of reach though. Don't bother with it if you don't have e.g. C$25 for a tote bag.

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