Museum of Anthropology
Museum of Anthropology
4.5
Art Galleries • Speciality Museums • Art Museums
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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fiamma11
Vienna, VA4,149 contributions
Jul 2022
I thoroughly enjoyed this museum, even more than the art gallery. Interested in Pacific indigenous arts, this is the perfect place to visit. Nice gift shop also.
Written September 30, 2022
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Parrot434
Vernon Hills, IL287 contributions
Sep 2022
There is too much here for one day, especially if you want to read and learn about the amazing collections from various first nations. Very impressive.
Written September 30, 2022
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MyTravel3
Purcellville, VA35 contributions
Sep 2022 • Family
The Museum of Anthropology was thoroughly enjoyable. You could definitely spend hours viewing all of the exhibits on display. Totem Poles, masks, porcelain and so many objects from around the world. Definitely a museum you will need to take your time to go through. The cost isn’t bad and the parking was easy. Would recommend this museum!
Written September 23, 2022
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Mike H
Homewood, AL10 contributions
Sep 2022
When we visited Vancouver from the U.S. deep south, this was a must-see stop during our vacation. We were not disappointed. An amazing collection of Indigenous art and objects from the Pacific Northwest, both historical and modern, with helpful descriptions of installations. If I have any negative observation, it is that the volume of fascinating items can become simply overwhelming. Noteworthy, too, is the vast collection of things from cultures other than Indigenous peoples and the travelling exhibits. We loved this place.

𝗪𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗽 𝗮𝗯𝘀𝗼𝗹𝘂𝘁𝗲𝗹𝘆 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝘁𝗵 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗿𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗺𝗲𝗻𝗱 𝗶𝘁 𝗵𝗶𝗴𝗵𝗹𝘆 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗼𝘀𝗲 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗮𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮 "𝗱𝗲𝗲𝗽 𝗱𝗶𝘃𝗲" 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗼 𝗰𝘂𝗹𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲𝘀.

𝘕𝘰𝘵𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘪𝘴 𝘭𝘰𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘥𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭, 𝘶𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘥𝘦𝘥, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘰𝘤𝘤𝘶𝘱𝘪𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘚𝘬̱𝘸𝘹̱𝘸𝘶́7𝘮𝘦𝘴𝘩 (𝘚𝘲𝘶𝘢𝘮𝘪𝘴𝘩), 𝘴ə̓𝘭𝘪́𝘭𝘸ə𝘵𝘢ʔɬ (𝘛𝘴𝘭𝘦𝘪𝘭-𝘞𝘢𝘶𝘵𝘶𝘵𝘩), 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘹ʷ𝘮əθ𝘬ʷə𝘺̓ə𝘮 (𝘔𝘶𝘴𝘲𝘶𝘦𝘢𝘮) 𝘕𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴.
Written September 23, 2022
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dmaccallum63
London, UK568 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
I have been lucky enough to visit the MOA in Mexico City. 100 x better than this. No attempt to make sense of past history. No displays by First Nations in groupings to explain their differences ie nomadic in the Northern territories and static in BC. No/ little admission of the terrible way the First Nations people had been treated just a display of their totem poles and clothing/ tools much of which was probably plundered o the first place.
Main display room offered 8000 + artefacts from around the World but with little to no commentary leaving you to interpret it as ‘look at the strange masks and costumes worn by other indigenous peoples’. Overall having really looked forward to this we were underwhelmed. In most cases ‘less is more’ is a good approach. Displaying all of your artefacts in this manner was a poor call by the team at MOA.
Written September 22, 2022
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387StuM
Ottawa, Canada115 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
A wonderfully vast collection of indigenous artifacts combined with modern artists offerings.
Guided tours help with stories that describe the many displays.
A must visit if you visit Vancouver
Written September 21, 2022
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AussieRoamers
Australia373 contributions
Sep 2022 • Business
A really interesting look into the indigenous peoples of Canada. I have a much better understanding of the Totems and different types of carvings and their meanings, totally different to what I was taught at school. There are a lot of artefacts from many native global cultures.worth a 3 hour visit when in town.
Written September 17, 2022
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misanthropicdreamer
San Francisco, CA473 contributions
Sep 2022 • Family
We enjoy coming here when in Vancouver. There is a renovation going on to fix seismic issues but it did not disturb our visit. Parking is easy. The best part of the museum is the First Nation section which is impressive. The other sections include art and artifacts from all over the world. It is a bit overwhelming if you actually try to see it all. The modern art varies from excellent like “Justice for Our Lives” depicting 100 victims of police violence to some real awful pieces that need to be edited out. I recommend the museum.
Written September 17, 2022
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Alejandro B
Ottawa, Canada343 contributions
Sep 2022 • Solo
Given the major renovation project currently underway at the museum, I was not sure what to expect coming here. After visiting, however, I am glad I made the trek to UBC from downtown, as the museum has a wonderful display of items from cultures around the world, especially by First Nations from the Pacific Northwest. I also enjoyed the exhibit by artists of Mexican American heritage.
Written September 5, 2022
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Scott-Vancouver-BC
Vancouver, Canada69 contributions
Sep 2022
True confession, I'm not a museum kind of guy. But the M.O.A. has just a stunning collection of aboriginal art. It's a little out of the way, but well worth a trip.
Written September 2, 2022
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