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“Great Improvements.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Museum of Anthropology

Museum of Anthropology
6393 North West Marine Dr. | (Near UBC), Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z2, Canada
604.822.5087
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Ranked #4 of 184 attractions in Vancouver
Type: Natural History Museums, Specialty Museums, History Museums, Museums
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Museum of Anthropology, on the campus of the University of British Columbia, is an incredible collection of artifacts and art from around the world.
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Great Improvements.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

I have visited the museum a number of times of times since childhood and found this time one of the best. I was always enamoured by the totem poles and native masks, but always found the placards describing them very elementary and unfortunately still do. There are books where you can read about items in more detail, but that is not for me, or a lot of patrons. This time I decided to take a guided tour and I was very please. Our tour guide took us throughout the museum to the various galleries sharing great details to the pieces and background information. The gallery that really sparked my atention was the recently added (around the 2010 Olympics) Multiversity Gallery. Here on display are many works and objects from around the world. These objects are stored and presented beautifully. They also have ineractive displays where you can find out more information on each object. Also, if you run out of time in the museum, you can look up the details of the artifacts and works on their website. The Multiversity Gallery is a lot to get through, but totally worth the visit.

Visited February 2013
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Vancouver, Canada
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“What an awesome way to look into history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

This is such a wonderfully built and architecturally stunning place to visit. You feel in some parts of the complex as if you have been transported to some solemn and sacred place. The displays are magnificent and the the aesthetics compliment them in such a perfect way. We felt like were at a place that would resemble the Smithsonian.

Visited September 2012
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Vancouver, Canada
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“A must see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

A wonderful setting with great and interesting permanent artifacts. They also have wonderful temporary exhibitions? It's a place I love coming back to often. There is a nice cafeteria and gift shop.

Visited February 2013
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Marlborough, United Kingdom
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“A very interesting afternoon”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

My university group had a guided tour around the museum, the guide was very knowledgable and amiable which made the experience more pleasant. The totem poles were very impressive too!

Visited March 2013
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“Fascinating insights not to be missed”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

A brilliant collection of not just First Nation paraphernalia but of fascinating items from around the world (in particular from southern islands around the Pacific). 3 free daily 1 hr talks should not be missed

Visited April 2013
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