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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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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Saratoga, Ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a small gallery concentrated on Bill Reid's work and some other artists who studied/worked with him. An important Canadian artist. Very accessible, good write ups that explain Bill's artistic growth with exposure to his mother's Haida people. Read the descriptions! Gives lots of insight. The jewelry he produced is stunning. Don't miss the Milky Way necklace. Takes about... More 

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Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very friendly welcome with everything explained along with an invitation to hang up our wet coats as it was raining. We joined a guided tour by one of the curators who was knowledgeable, enthusiastic and engaging. The work is extremely impressive and very well displayed. Excellent gift shop with lots of tempting native Haida products for sale.

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Georgetown, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a wonderful art gallery dedicated to the internationally known artist Bill Reid. He specializes in First Nation inspired painting, and sculpture. I just loved his work. It's beautiful. It's inspiring. It's imaginative. This is a fairly small gallery, but it has some beautiful pieces. The entrance fee is about half of other museums. It's only a couple of... More 

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Storrs, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not only did we find out all about Bill Reid's works and life, but got some history on the indigenous peoples of the area. I like that they let you take photos of the works (no flash), a lot of places won't allow that. Was a good use of a few hours of our stay in Vancouver.

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Olympia, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I gained a new appreciation of Bill Reid after seeing this gallery. It is small so take the time to watch the videos and read the displays. You'll learn a lot.The jewelry is breathtaking. The carving is fascinating. I only wish it were bigger.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Looked forward to this, got there too late for the first day so went back. The displays are fascinating, some quite remarkable, but it's very small we had gone round in under 20 minss. Same day return with entry but I wouldn't 15 yr old son really not that bothered by it.

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Marburg, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Bill Reid works are very much worth a visit. I particularly enjoyed how they provided the context for a more contemporary artist - Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas - who combines Haida form language with manga style comics. The book - Red - is great in itself but it also works as a wall display that you cannot appreciate by reading... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This was a very interesting gallery. It was also small enough that we were not overwhelmed with the content. Easily done in 1 to 2 hours with a nice little gift shop, too.

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