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Bill Reid Gallery

639 Hornby Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 2G3, Canada (Downtown)
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Ranked #48 of 183 attractions in Vancouver
Type: Art Museums
Owner description: Downtown Vancouver's public gallery named after acclaimed Haida artist Bill Reid. The Gallery is home to the Simon Fraser University Bill Reid... more » Owner description: 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 changing 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 Gift Shop for a selection of original works and prints by local Northwest Coast artists, distinctive jewelry, accessories, books, cards and more. Located in the heart of downtown, just steps from the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Pacific Centre Mall and Canada Line skytrain City Centre Station. « less
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Kelowna, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

I went to this gallery to see the RezErection gallery that they had, it was pretty interesting. The gallery itself is small, with the two floors. But it has a wide range of art, history of Bill Reid. Also a gift shop.

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Maryland
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3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

...in Vancouver... Most interesting artist life story...very impressed, highly recommend this gallery which showcases unique works of a multi-talented man.

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Texas
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162 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

We would not have visited the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art had it not been for the concierge at the Le Soliel Hotel, which is about a block away. We are glad we followed his advice to visit the gallery. This gallery features the work of Bill Reid (1920-1998), a champion of Haida art. There is also an... More

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Wroclaw, Poland
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30 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

Some interesting sculptures and jewellery but not as many as I've expected. If you're interested in First Nations' art visit the Museum of Anthropology instead which has much more interesting examples of Bill Reid's art. And spare 10 $ admission fee!

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West Kingston, Rhode Island
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30 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

I was surprised to find a lot of the art here by other artists. When I went, there was a Lyle Wilson exhibit, which was excellent. Bill Reid's story is nicely shown, through movies and of course exhibit pieces. Smallish place with an impressive collection.

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Stromboli, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013 via mobile

Lyle Wilson was the featured artist alongside Reid's stuff. This is a serene gallery with an excellent small range of Bill Reid's work and explanations / videos of his work. It's really worth taking your time and watching the short movies available. An unexpected surprise. Recommended.

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London
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105 attraction reviews
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

For non-Canadians who haven't previously heard of Bill Reid, this was a real find. The museum is small and doesn't have much in the way of facilities (no cafe, for example) but the exhibits are definitely worth seeing. Bill Reid's mother was from the Haida people long the NW coast and he became interested in their art as a young... More

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

A very small gallery that has a 'limited palate' of Haida art. To get the most out of it do watch the videos - especially the first one where he explains how line builds compositions. Having never got a kick out of jewellery before, I actually found this section of the gallery most interesting. Only took me half an hour... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

This is a great small gallery with an excellent display of Bill Reid's work and explanations of his work. Very good gallery shop.

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Gibsons, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

Great event space for cocktail party, social engagement etc. the artwork really makes for a great ambiance.

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