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.
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Stopped by on the way to airport. Perfect spot to enjoy for 2 hours. Wonderful 90 guided tour that runs a few times per day. Highly recommend. more »
We had a wonderful visit at the museum with a free guided tour which was extremely interesting. A must when you visit Vancouver. The site is beautiful and you can stroll outside in a rich nature... more »
After years of hearing about the Museum of Anthropology, we finally took a few hours to explore the amazing artifacts here. We brought along our five year old son and he enjoyed learning about the various cultures represented. One of our favourites was the puppet exhibit that showed puppets from all different nationalities. There’s lots to look at and we will have to come back again the next time we are tour guides for any out of town guests.
Amazing museum! I wish I had budgeted at least a few more hours here. The cultural artifacts are presented both in window displays, but also in drawers to maximize the use of the space. I wanted to look at every drawer because the curators presented everything so nicely to create interest in the pieces. The totem pole collection in the large gallery was very impressive. The special exhibit on puppets was really informative and I loved it. The entire museum was a must-see!!
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