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Bill Reid Gallery

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Address: 639 Hornby Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 2G3, Canada
Phone Number: +1 604-682-3455
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Wed - Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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The Haida in all their glory!

I've been an ardent admirer of the Haida for some time now. The descendants of the legendary team of Charles Edenshaw and his wife Isabella have led to a veritable cadre of prime... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Vancouver, Canada

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Vancouver, Canada
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28 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I've been an ardent admirer of the Haida for some time now. The descendants of the legendary team of Charles Edenshaw and his wife Isabella have led to a veritable cadre of prime carvers of today. Bill Reid was one them. His carvings and jewelry are there, you'll be amazed. His nephew and the new Chief of the Eagle clan... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is called a gallery because it is smaller than a 'museum', but it is chock full of great stuff! There is lots to see -- great native art! We really enjoyed it.

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Canton of Fribourg, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I really liked this Gallery - the price is reasonable and the staff is very nice (they even explained everything in french to us). The Gallery is downtown Vancouver and easy to reach. If you want to learn about Bill Reid and his important influence for the first nations in Canada you should definetly go there. There is a very... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On a rainy day in January, I stumbled on this by chance, and it was really magical. I knew nothing about Haida culture, nor Bill Reid, and I loved the experience. Lovely friendly staff and well worth an hour of your time.

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Stratford, Ontario, Canada
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101 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This may be a gallery/museum smaller than some of the big government ones but it is housed in a lovely piece of architecture next to a lovely square that you might miss if you do not go looking for it and look for it you should. The museum is a combination of Reid's own story, his work and the work... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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68 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

A wonderful little gallery. Bill Reid's work is, of course, fantastic but the museum also focuses a lot on the impact of his work and life, which is very refreshing. There was also a focus on more modern Native artists and styles and art created by people influenced by Reid, which was wonderful to see. A fun and inspiring place... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

This is not a big museum, just a small vestpocket gallery dedicated to the memory of the man who revived Haida arts and crafts in the 20th century. If you love the artwork of the native people of the Pacific Northwest, as I do, then you should pay a visit. They have a series of rotating exhibitions plus some permanent... More 

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Telford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

We had one day of torrential rain, and decided to go for a visit. The exhibits are stunning, and finding out about Bill Reid and his life, work, and vision was fascinating. His work is so beautiful, and it was great to see his sculpture in Vancouver airport when we departed. It so so much more interesting and meaningful having... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

We went to the gallery with my family from Ontario as they had seen the art of Bill Reid at the airport and were interested in learning more about him. To our surprise there were many other exhibits at this gallery which we did not find particularly compelling however the information about Bill Reid and the art portrayed was very... More 

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Kelowna, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

We were somewhat familiar with Bill Reid's work so when we noticed that it was near our hotel we decided it would be a good place to visit. We were delighted with our decision. It is a relatively small gallery but fits a lot of the story of Bill Reid's development and also his influence on the reemergence of Haida... More 

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