Museum of Anthropology
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Museum of Anthropology

Museum of Anthropology
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Explore traditional and contemporary art from Northwest Coast First Nations and other cultures across the world. See magnificent Indigenous carvings, weavings and contemporary artworks in a spectacular building overlooking mountains and sea. Admire the world’s largest collection of works by acclaimed Haida artist Bill Reid, including his famous cedar sculpture The Raven and the First Men. Explore the Museum’s Multiversity Galleries where more than 10,000 objects from around the world are displayed. Stroll the Museum Grounds, where monumental Haida houses, poles and Musqueam house posts capture the dramatic beauty of traditional Northwest Coast architecture and design. Enjoy a wide range of special exhibitions and public programs, including free guided gallery walks, and visit the MOA Shop. MOA is situated on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people.
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Neighborhood: University Land Endowments
An area as rich in history as it is in natural beauty, the expansive parkland of the University Land Endowments is protected by the city in cooperation with the University of British Columbia. A large green space studded by rose gardens, Japanese rock gardens, botanic gardens, canopy walks, regional parkland, and hiking trails, the University Land Endowments are a breath of fresh air. Combining a commitment to preserving nature with a similar promise to preserve culture, its valleys are also home to the First Nations heritage museum, the biodiversity museum, and anthropological and memorial exhibitions. From its highest canopies to the sandy shorelines of Wreck Beach, its serenity is preserved by the University buildings that dot it, combining Mother Nature and scholarship.
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Steve M
Huyton, UK57 contributions
Jul 2019
Within and without this is a must visit. A beautiful venue paying homage to the First Nation. Once you have toured inside come outside and tour the grounds with its First Nation buildings, totem poles and the lake of peace. The peace felt in these grounds is unforgettable.
Written February 24, 2020
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James H
Vancouver, Canada71 contributions
Dec 2019
Overwhelming amount of exhibits with an incredible Bill Reid sculpture as a centrepiece and all housed in an Arthur Erickson building. Located at UBC with some great views down over the water. Parking isn't cheap.

Depressing to view all of these exhibits in their cases, torn from their cultural milieu, shorn of their individual significance, taken from their owners... How? There is now a display that handles some of these questions with sensitivity, but it's nonetheless a bleak outlook.

Museums like these feel increasingly anachronistic.
Written February 21, 2020
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Kristen L
Oakland, CA198 contributions
Jan 2020
One visit isn't enough. The building itself is beautiful and there are so many interesting works in this museum. The UBC students are so lucky to come whenever they want for free! I especially enjoyed the first nations exhibits, but the artifacts from other cultures around the world were also beautiful. The juxtaposition of contemporary works with more historical pieces helped to mix things up and avoid information overload from any one time period or place.
Written January 9, 2020
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Rashi D
4 contributions
Sep 2021 • Family
My first time visiting an anthropology museum was amazing. There were multiple exhibits, ranging from different types of ceramics to totem poles and other carvings, to artifacts from cultures around the world. Each object was accompanied by a thorough explanation of what it was and what value it held. Overall the museum was very informative and I enjoyed learning through the sculptures, clothing, weapons, and other objects showcased in each exhibit!
Written September 6, 2021
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prepaule
Bergen, Norway50 contributions
Dec 2019
We had a wonderful visit at the museum with a free guided tour which was extremely interesting. A must when you visit Vancouver. The site is beautiful and you can stroll outside in a rich nature area. Smells of the ocean. We have found memories of this visit.
Written January 10, 2020
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Neville W
295 contributions
Mar 2020 • Friends
It has to be seen. Worth every penny. Great walls of glass make it seem bright even on a rainy day. The trail to the left of the entrance takes you around the building to a spectacular traditional village complete with totem poles and beach.
Written March 10, 2020
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julie c
Burnaby, Canada962 contributions
Nov 2020 • Couples
Our first time visiting MOA today. Prebooked our entry and Covid guidelines were all clear.
Displays were amazing, the incredible artifacts and artistry was endless. Nations were beautifully displayed. The special exhibit "Shame and Prejudice " was very important display depicting the horror of lives of indigenous peoples since colonization.
Written November 5, 2020
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Evrett Penner
Blumenort, Canada2 contributions
Oct 2020
Well, At the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia,
I was gonna go there when I am gonna be 30 years old to do some courses about Native American history, and I will have college campus at the Steinbach Bible College to learn about Christian history, and I will go to the Red River College to learn about Ancient Egypt, Ancient Rome, Moai statues, Stonehenge, and ancient history.
When I'm in Grade 10 at the Steinbach Regional Secondary School, I would learn about the orchestra to listen to Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart all in one composer.
I've gotta learn about music, art and history, and more things, There's gotta be a way to learn more about education. I will help the people with disabilities that need help to eat, and I would help people in Mexico survive instead of hunger, And I would give them food to eat. I would help the people with disabilities that are from different parts of the world. I would go on a missions trip to South Africa to help the people who were living in hunger and fear. I really don't like the announcements at the Steinbach Regional Secondary School because it is even worse than Blumenort School's. I would wanna see Raven and the First Men at the Museum of Anthropology carved by Bill Reid. Thanks for the contact:)
Written October 22, 2020
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Jerry W
Vancouver Island, Canada34 contributions
Feb 2020
This facility located on the edge of the University of British Columbia has an absolutely incredible collection of material from First Nation People of the Northwest Coast of British Columbia. If you have interest in history and culture this facility is a must when visiting Vancouver. I would allow an afternoon to visit an absorb the amzing collection at this museum.
Written February 19, 2020
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Emily M
Annapolis, MD49 contributions
May 2022
This museum is on the campus of the University of British Columbia. It was larger and more comprhensive than I expected. It is so very well worth a visit, with lots of things to see and learn about. While there is renovation work, it doesn't interfere very much at all. There's so much to see While I was mostly interested in native American artifacts, it has a lot of it to keep me interested and satisfied, but also has African, Asian sectons. I am physically handicapped and can last about 3 hours at the most, but I pushed myself and hung on for a bit longer. If I had more time in Vancouver I would have tried to return to see the exhibits I missed. I really recommend visiting it if you can.
Written June 4, 2022
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