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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
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Sun - Sat 10:00 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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Fabulous Art, Wonderful Gallery

We have admired Bill Reid's work for years and this was our first opportunity to visit the gallery. If you are someone who enjoys west coast native art be sure to drop by. It is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We have admired Bill Reid's work for years and this was our first opportunity to visit the gallery. If you are someone who enjoys west coast native art be sure to drop by. It is a nice bright space with well done displays and not too crowded. We enjoyed reading and seeing the evolution of Bill Reid's art over his... More 

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Saint Charles, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you are in Vancouver BC I'd urge you to take the time to visit the Bill Reid gallery. It provides an eclectic mix of art forms and provides a well thought out explanation of the links between the art work of Canada's First Nations peoples, and contemporary artists. The collection of jewelry done by Mr. Reid was stunning. The... More 

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This gallery is small but his art work is fabulous. loved his jewellry especially the 2 gold necklaces.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Bill Ried was a member of the Haida tribe and started as a fine metals jewelry artist, then expanded to other media. He restored some lost cultural traditions and became a mentor for young artists. His later artwork reflects his social activism. A small gallery just off busy Robson St. Beautiful, reflective, and a bit unsettling, and well worth a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This gallery has many of Bill Reid's wonderful pieces both art work and jewelry. In addition, they have video tapes to talk about his art and these include some of his writings as well. They allow photos (no flash) and have a great gift shop. Well worth the visit. The cost is only $10 for adults. They even have videos... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Bill Reid was a great artist and craftsman, and this museum celebrates his work, and his influence on others. He was a jeweller, working with precious stones and metals making jewelry, a master woodcarver creating cedar images in both traditional and contemporary forms, and a painter and printmaker. He also wrote and illustrated books. This museum does justice to Bill... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Bill Reid Gallery is airy and amply demonstrates this man's expertise in a variety of media: sculpture, drawing, woodwork, jewelry, prints, and otherwise. There are several video offerings that give further insight into the artist. Additionally, other creatives who knew Bill also have displays. There is even an interactive piece that you can turn on the wall either clockwise... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a small museum and our guide really knew her stuff and she made it interesting but not boring, you will learn alot about the early settlers

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An artist who valorized his heritage. His art expresses the "western coastal native american" with bold statements.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A nice tribute to Bill Reid. It is inexpensive and interesting to learn about his life and artistic contribution. Spent about 2 hours there. Centrally located and worth a visit

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