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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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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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Museum of one of the most important first-nations artists

This is a lovely museum of the work of Bill Reid, one of the most important first-nations artists of the Pacific Northwest and specifically of B.C. His jewelry designs on display... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Berlin, Germany
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Berlin, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a lovely museum of the work of Bill Reid, one of the most important first-nations artists of the Pacific Northwest and specifically of B.C. His jewelry designs on display here and at the UBC anthropological museum are simply stunning. Despite being called "gallery" and not "museum" (as in U.S. parlance), this is not a place to buy art... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A small, informative and well-curated collection worth visiting. Truly a an artist that exemplifies his nation.

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San Rafael, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a hard time finding this place and got there just as it was closing! The very sweet woman let us take a quick peek. The beauty of his work was breath taking from the tiniest to the giant totem pole and all that was between!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went to this gallery and they had multiple interesting videos of bill Reid and another artist. They really had very few actual prints and works of art. Not worth the admission.

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Thank Ted R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This gallery gives a wonderful overview of the life and art of Bill Reid. The jewellery on display is particularly spectacular.

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have a hard time getting into this type of art. They explain how this looks like as a sculpture and I have a hard time seeing this in the art. Very unfair review, but this will not be for everyone.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really beautiful and diverse works from this remarkable artist. The jewellery was an absolute standout, but the whole exhibition is well worth seeing.

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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have long admired the work of Bill Reid but until visiting the Gallery I had no idea of the diversity of his artistic talents. The occasion to explore the range of his exquisite works was a very special pleasure. Do not miss this opportunity!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went as part of an event, and I've wanted to go for a while. It was a bit underwhelming for me. There are some beautiful pieces there, but I couldn't spend more than an hour or so at the museum (although everyone is different).

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Stamford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited the gallery after reading about it in the current Where magazine. Reid was a fabulous First Nation artist who worked in several media -- paint, sculpture and jewelry -- and one of his sculptures graces the Vancouver airport. I was eager to see the exhibit of Haida Manga, and it was fascinating. If you have time be sure... More 

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