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“Beautiful building but lacking in quality art” 2 of 5 stars
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Vancouver Art Gallery
750 Hornby Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6Z 2H7, Canada
+1 604-662-4700
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Owner description: Located just steps from vibrant Robson Street in downtown Vancouver, the Vancouver Art Gallery offers the city's top cultural experience featuring four floors of historical and contemporary art. Enhance your experience by relaxing in the locally-loved Gallery Cafe and enjoying the beautiful Gallery Store. The Gallery is closed December 25th and 31st anually and on April 20th, 2015.
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“Beautiful building but lacking in quality art”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

On the outside of this rather impressive building was a banner that read:17th Century Dutch and Flemish Masterworks. This really caught my eye, as well as knowing that this museum had a special exhibit titled "Grand Hotels." The Hotel exhibit was rather interesting because it traced the evolution of hospitality for travelers. The largest room contained large models of some of the more famous buildings, along with copy and pictures. Another room related specific hotels and their influence and interaction with society.
I then went to the Dutch and Flemish art. I was disappointed not only with the paintings from The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, but also with the few paintings from the permanent collection. The art was from artists hardly known by the general public.
I was shocked that a large museum in a major Canandian city had such a poor collection in it's major holdings. It certainly did not showcase artists from Canada, nor the United States. I was disappointed in my visit to this museum.

Visited August 2013
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“Great find!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

Wonderful surprise place to eat right across from our hotel. Went twice for lunch during our week long conference. All great food items, very fresh and very delicious. Both times I had quiche and salad (they have about 5 different quiches)

Visited February 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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“Very disappointed, no Emily Carr painting to see”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

We visited in early July (around 5 July). Hotel exhibition interesting. Looks big on the outside but so little and fragmented to see inside. Only paintings on display are those from a Dutch museum. No Canadian or British Columbia paintings on display. Said to have largest collection of Emily Carr paintings but none on permanent display! Hardly worth the $20 per person. Can't give feedback on the gallery's own website, no such page.

Visited July 2013
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“Disappointing!!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

$20 a person to get in, and barely anything to see... I was looking forward to seeing Emily Carr's work but there was hardly anything to be seen. Also, I felt like the exhibit on hotels belonged more in a museum than it did in an art gallery. Disappointing for a large city like Vancouver to have such a nothing art gallery... I expected a lot more...

Visited August 2013
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“Learn to Love Art”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

I was amazed... this gallery is brilliant, and as someone who knows little about art ("I know what I likes, mate") I felt truly excited by the exhibitions on show during our visit.

Give yourself a couple of hours, and start at the top of the building and work your way down. There's also a cafe.

I loved:

1- Grand Hotel - MUCH more interesting than their brochure makes it sound..this is an exploration of the hotel in history, politics, landscape, popular culture and more. You really learn a few fascinating things about how hotels figure in our lives. (temporary exhibition)

2- The Dance Screen by James Hart - this is a three year plus project to build/carve an amazing huge wooden screen in First Nations traditional style. The artist is working on a ceiling height screen modelled on a FN design. An amazing piece of work - god knows when it will ever be finished. All those carved salmon and frogs.(permanent exhibition)

NOTE : If you go to the main square at what seems to be the FRONT of the gallery, you might (as we did) think the place is closed !!! We sat for 30 mins with a coffee thinking we had the opening times wrong... and only later explored round the back and found the entrance ! They really should put a sign on the main front door to say the entrance i s at the back/side. doh.

Visited June 2013
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