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Museum of Anthropology

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Address: 6393 North West Marine Dr. | (Near UBC), Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z2, Canada
Phone Number: +1 604-822-5087
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Wed 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

The Museum of Anthropology, on the campus of the University of British...

The Museum of Anthropology, on the campus of the University of British Columbia, is an incredible collection of artifacts and art from around the world.

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Informative museum with unique exhibits

It is really difficult to get to this museum. There is a lengthy bus journey but even on arrival it is not well signposted. The exhibits however make it worthwhile. There are many... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Leicester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Maybe it was because I wasn't really interested in the topic, but I didn't like it. I found some areas a bit chaotic (a lot of objects in small spaces), though the great hall is cool (for the structure too).

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It is really difficult to get to this museum. There is a lengthy bus journey but even on arrival it is not well signposted. The exhibits however make it worthwhile. There are many First Nation items but they are not particularly well described on the stands and a guided tour is essential. There did not appear to be any individual... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Everyone who visits Vancouver should search this place out. It's amazing and can't wait to go back! It's full of native Indian wood carvings large scale plus many other treasures from around the world. Take a bus from the city to UBC it's only a short walk.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This museum is hard to get to and took several bus trips and directions from helpful locals to find. It is a shame, because it is simply stunning. One of the best collections of Native American and First Peoples art I have ever seen. Curating is done sensitively and they seem to strive to honor the native cultures. Plenty of... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The exhibits are almost overwhelming in their numbers, with piles and piles of indigenous artefacts from around the world. It was also nice to see that the museum is working with indigenous groups to deal with the historical cultural exploitation that brought them these riches. You could easily spend a whole day reading everything, but I took about an hour... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There is so much history and a variety of exhibits you will not be bored. In one of the little rooms we sat around a table & listened to a conversation of an aboriginal family It was like we were there guests. Very informative & comfortable. Staff are very helpful.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Its a nice place to see on a rainy day to learn about the history of the indegenous peoples of British Columbia.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

To be hosnest, my girlfriend and I we don't like to visit museums about anthropology however Vancouver's MoA was a really good surprise for both of us! There are many collections, from Samurai ancient suit until plates from 1300 ac or earlier. We spent about 3 hours but it wasnt nearly enough to capture all the assets in there. We're... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A truly outstanding First Nations museum with amazing artifacts and exhibitions on history of the Northwest. The drive to the museum is quite beautiful and the setting on the UBC campus is very nice.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The UBC Museum of Anthropology offers breathtaking artifacts of First Nation peoples, especially magnificent totem poles, and for that reason alone is worth seeing. But there is no large signage that offers any basic perspective on which cultural groups were located in the area, how they were related, and the general significance of their art. The museum would be greatly... More 

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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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