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Museum of Anthropology

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Address: 6393 North West Marine Dr., Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z2, Canada
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+1 604-822-5087
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10:00 - 17:00
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Thu 10:00 - 21:00
Fri - Wed 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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Explore traditional and contemporary art from Northwest Coast First Nations...

Explore traditional and contemporary art from Northwest Coast First Nations and other cultures across the world.

See magnificent Indigenous carvings, weavings and contemporary artworks in a spectacular building overlooking mountains and sea.

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.

Explore the Museum’s Multiversity Galleries where more than 16,000 objects from around the world are displayed.

Visit the award-winning Koerner Ceramics Gallery, displaying a collection of European ceramics unique to North America.

Stroll the Museum 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 exhibitions and public programs, including free guided gallery walks.

Visit the MOA shop and relax in Café MOA.

MOA is situated on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people.

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OK Vancouver is not a museum city - but this one stands out. Magnificent location, stunning design and very impressive collection of Pacific North West aboriginal art. A bit out... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Darwin P
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20 min bus ride from inner city ubc campus far side interesting native stuff etc accessible bus biking cars parking near by by rose garden bit of way from restaurants and buses daytime only 15 min walk from buses dark at night time ocean view other side of university campus not lighted well at night time

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

OK Vancouver is not a museum city - but this one stands out. Magnificent location, stunning design and very impressive collection of Pacific North West aboriginal art. A bit out of the way but the trip will be enjoyable and it is well worth the effort.

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Thank Darwin P
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a wonderful place with indoor and outdoor exhibits. It gives great insight into Northwest Aboriginal culture and is human in proportion....not one of those huge overwhelming collections.

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

What a lovely way to spend an afternoon - a walk through the past and a celebration of human art through artifacts We were so impressed not only with the works of art but in the presentation - the central gallery felt like a cathedral

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The collection of the museum is diverse and extensive so planning it as a full day is advised. I had a great time and would say there are exponates for everbody and every age with lots of interesting information that gives contexxt to items as well as provides a greater overview. My highlight were the First Nation focused areas and... More 

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We were surprised by the quantity and quality the museum offers. Had planned to spend approximately two hours, ended up spending an entire day. In addition to artifacts from First Nation peoples, the museum offers a vast array of pieces from a multitude of cultures. The current exhibit on Asian calligraphy is breathtaking. The totem poles in the main gallery... More 

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This museum is one of our favorites and we always plan a visit when visiting Vancouver. The staff is very friendly and helpful. I you have the time, go on a guided tour. The gift shop is also great and has a friendly staff.

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Located on the UBC campus grounds, this great museum was designed by architect Arthur Erickson. The great hall is spectacular with an extensive collection of First Nation totem poles. There are thousands of exhibits including a Cantonese collection of opera costumes, African, Hindu and Buddhist art collections to name a few. Currently, the Art Calligraphy exhibit is on, check out... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Well worth the trip out to UBC. The native art is important and Bill Reids Raven on a Clam shell is a stunning piece in an amazing circular gallery.

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Kiel T, Communications Assistant at Museum of Anthropology, responded to this review

Thanks for coming by, Dave! We're glad you enjoyed exploring the collections, especially the pieces in the Bill Reid Rotunda. We hope to see you back again soon! More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We so enjoyed the MOA in Vancouver yesterday. What an unbelievable collection of art do they have. Fabulous display and explanation of the totem poles and canoes of the First Nation people. Beautiful and very insightful. Very nicely located, great building. A not to miss experience while in Vancouver!

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Kiel T, Communications Assistant at Museum of Anthropology, responded to this review

We're glad you had a chance to visit us! Thanks for taking the time to write us a review. We hope to see you again soon! More 

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University Land Endowments
An area as rich in history as it is in natural beauty, the expansive parkland of the University Land Endowments is protected by the city in cooperation with the University of British Columbia. A large green space studded by rose gardens, Japanese rock gardens, botanic gardens, canopy walks, regional parkland, and hiking trails, the University Land Endowments are a breath of fresh air. Combining a commitment to preserving nature with a similar promise to preserve culture, its valleys are also home to the First Nations heritage museum, the biodiversity museum, and anthropological and memorial exhibitions. From its highest canopies to the sandy shorelines of Wreck Beach, its serenity is preserved by the University buildings that dot it, combining Mother Nature and scholarship.
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