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Bill Reid Gallery

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Address: 639 Hornby Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 2G3, Canada
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+1 604-682-3455
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Wed - Sun 11:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Downtown Vancouver's public gallery named after acclaimed Haida artist Bill...

Downtown Vancouver's public gallery named after acclaimed Haida artist Bill Reid. The Gallery is home to the Simon Fraser University Bill Reid Collection and special exhibitions of contemporary Aboriginal Art of the Northwest Coast. Highlights include Bill Reid's stunning gold and silver jewelry, monumental sculptures and a towering totem pole by James Hart of Haida Gwaii. Visit the Gallery Shop, a source for Northwest Coast gifts, including carefully selected works of original art, finely crafted jewelry, and uniquely designed accessories and giftware. Inspired by the Gallery's exhibitions, featured pieces are authentic and indigenous. All purchases in the Gallery Shop support contemporary Northwest Coast artists. Located in the heart of downtown, just steps from the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Pacific Centre Mall and Canada Line Skytrain City Centre Station.

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A true First-Nations artist display gallery

Truly downtown Vancouver, this is a unique exhibit/gallery of one of Canada's great First-Nations artist. If you arrive or leave from YVR Airport you a bound to see some of his... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 January 2017
Clive M
Vancouver, Canada
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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

Truly downtown Vancouver, this is a unique exhibit/gallery of one of Canada's great First-Nations artist. If you arrive or leave from YVR Airport you a bound to see some of his magnificent huge-scale art. Now you can see some of his finest more modest artwork, both sculpture and print. If you have interest in Canadian Nations art, this is a... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

A small, but beautiful First Nations art gallery in the middle of the city. Well worth a visit to see some of Bill Reids work as well as other First Nations artists.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

I really enjoyed the Gallery and the Bill Reid artwork. Amazing jewellery, sculptures and prints. This is a small museum/gallery over two floors. However, I spent 2 hours enjoying the art and explanatory videos as well as an exhibition of another Canadian artist. Well worth a visit in the heart of downtown Vancouver. My favourite piece was the huge bronze... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

Small but incredible collection of art by the trailblazer Bill Reid. He worked in a multitude of mediums and was clearly a genius. Examples of carvings, jewelry, wire doodles, drawings... it will leave you amazed at his creative spirit.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

We loved this gallery. We sought it out after seeing a magnificent Bill Reid sculpture (Raven and The First Men) at the Museum of Anthropology. This gallery is a really incredible and a must see.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

The Gallery is located behind the office building at the northwest corner of Hornby St and West Georgia Street. Best way to access it is through the ground floor lobby of the office building...walk towards the back entrance of the building and you will find a lovely court yard with the Gallery on the other side. A visit to Vancouver... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

Right in the heart of downtown Vancouver is this lovely small jewel of a museum/gallery. The collected works are, of course, awe-inspiring and unforgettable. The artist (sculptor, painter, mixed media), Bill Reid, was one of the masters of our era. His life is as interesting as his work. This is definitely the best opportunity to see an extensive collection of... More 

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North Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

The Haida art and history is very interesting to learn more about through exhibits. The Bill Reid Art gallery is very innovative with the new exhibits that they bring on throughout the year - fashion art, innovation and emerging young artists showcased with the master artists.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

I fell in love with Bill Reid works of art many years ago on a visit to UBC. today I sought out the Bill Reid gallery and it didn't disappoint. Not only did I learn of his jewelry making but I got to see up close and personal some of his sketches and works on art. I loved my visit... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

This small Downtown gallery displays some of the stunning creations by Canadian artist Bill Reid (Haida and European descent) as well as that done by various First Nations people. Reid helped to ensure that the great art traditions of indigenous peoples in this area of the world continued and thrived. He also successfully infused the Haida art traditions with contemporary... More 

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