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Bill Reid Gallery

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Address: 639 Hornby St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 2G3, Canada
Phone Number: +1 604-682-3455
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Wed - Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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 jewel

As they say at Tiffany, great things sometimes come in small packages, and they are right. This lovely little museum is special in so many ways from its lovely building; to the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Bellevue, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

As they say at Tiffany, great things sometimes come in small packages, and they are right. This lovely little museum is special in so many ways from its lovely building; to the convenient location; to the helpful, friendly staff; to the spectacular collection of Bill Reid art and other northwestern artifacts. Located in the middle of the hotel district less... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was a student at UBC when Bill was carving in a shed behind the Women's Gym reestablishing the culture of the natives, long lost by the missionary zeal of "teaching the natives". This museum is a masterpiece of native art, a true tribute to the returning culture. Don't miss this amazing"little" gallery in the heart of Vancouver.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This gallery was so beautiful. Excellent floor plan showcasing Bill Reid's extraordinary career. Amazing art.

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Hazelton, British Columbia, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited this gallery that bears the name of a legend in the Haida art world. It was a great visit with much of the art of Bill Reid available to see. There were many other artists represented but I went to see the work of this special man. I very much enjoyed this legacy of a legend.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It was educational for us to see the art work of Bill Reid. The gallery was not that big and a good place to visit for about one hour.

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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This small, but uniquely Canadian gallery is set in Downtown Vancouver. Focusing on traditional native artworks by Bill Reid, an amazing artist and record keeper of native Haida art. The jewelry is simply amazing, and uniquely intricate. It takes about 60 minutes to tour the displays.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very interesting range of west coast art. Includes carvings, sculptures, jewelry. Artist in residence was carving a pole in the gallery while we were there.

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having seen some of Bill's bigger pieces at the Museum of Anthropology we wanted to learn more about his multi-talented man who embraced the Haida tradition which came down through his mother. The gallery is not the easiest place to find but the effort is really worthwhile. The gallery has a lot of Bill's work from jewellery through prints to... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

To be honest, wandered in because it was raining, but we both enjoyed the visit (even my philistine husband!). Found the art fascinating and all the explanations about the history of the Haida gave us a better understanding of our trip to Alaska when First Nations art featured.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2016

This is a must see stop in Vancouver if you have any interest in how we evolve.One of the great figures in Haida and Canadian culture. As interesting as Gaudi.

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