Museum of Vancouver

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Museum of Vancouver
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Speciality Museums • History Museums
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10:00 AM - 8:00 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 - 8:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) connects Vancouverites to each other and connects the city to the world. An enthusiastic civic advocate, MOV is dedicated to encouraging a deeper understanding of Vancouver through stories, objects and shared experiences.
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Wilson L
Vancouver, Canada3,501 contributions
It was a fun little visit here. We were in the area and came for the Space Center and while we visited we thought we might as well check out the Museum of Vancouver. It was massive but it was a cool exhibit seeing the history of Vancouver. Between the First Nations, Old Vancouver and Chinese History in Vancouver, it was a very informative and fun way to spend the hour. I would recommend it if you're looking for an hour or two to kill in the area.
Written January 22, 2022
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William S
Bridport, UK561 contributions
This was our second visit after a break of several years. We enjoyed it more this time with a highlight being the excellent special exhibit of the history of the immigrants from China. The difficulties the early groups endured and the appalling discrimination by the citizens and government were depressing - but the resilience of those who endured this was remarkable. The other exhibits were all very interesting and enlightening and time flew by as we toured the rooms. We left after 2 hours and still had much more to see. The only improvement could be to make several of the labels and descriptions easier to read - several were in very small script or placed too low such that you had to bend to an awkward angle to read them (especially the label near the ground by the large cross-cut log). Overall this is an excellent museum which should not be missed.
Written February 19, 2022
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Beebeeanca
Blainville, Canada154 contributions
We visited the Museum of Vancouver on our first day in Vancouver - as a filler before our more "planned" activities.

We are quite happy we got to visit the museum, as we also got to enjoy a stroll to nearby Kitslano beach which offered great view of Vancouver. The museum itself was also a great introduction to the city and to learning more about its past and how it was shaped. The neon sign exposition was particularly interesting and so was the Chinese immigration. It offered a better understanding of our surroundings for the following days that we could relate back to the museum. The part on the 2020 pandemic was slightly surreal to see it in a museum as we are still experiencing it.

The entry price was also decent and we had a pleasant first afternoon learning. Make sure you have your vaccination proof.
Written October 16, 2021
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Michael C
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Went with my friend visiting in from Norway hoping it would showcase the intimate history of Vancouver.

Instead, we were met with endless aboriginal skateboards (forgettable and quite ugly) and very little actual history of the city of Vancouver that is of interest beyond what you would typically read on Wikipedia.

My Norwegian friend decided around 35 minutes in that he would rather just use the museum's washroom and go to Kitsilano beach (which was nearby).
Written August 3, 2022
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Hamish T
Kinross, UK65 contributions
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If I lived in Vancouver and the “Museum of Vancouver” was meant to be representative of how well Vancouver was doing as a city, then I wouldn’t be happy. This is supposed to be a flagship installation such as the fabulous museum in Auckland and many other cities and it falls short on nearly every aspect.

The crab waterfall outside is pretty good but you then enter into what is a dim and dark and pretty miserable reception area with little flair and desks which should themselves be in a museum. First impressions matter - “flagship” remember!

The current “Seat at the Table” exhibition which is “an opportunity to consider the contributions that Chinese migrants and their descendants have made to British Columbia” didn’t do anything for me at all I’m afraid and certainly wasn’t much of a celebratory experience!

The rest of the museum is pretty much what you find in any one of a number of small US towns with neon signs on display and the ubiquitous “What we did in the 1950’s” stuff and, once again, not representative of a vibrant city such as Vancouver.
Written May 13, 2022
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Judith K
Vancouver, Canada82 contributions
Three in one equals, you have the Museum of Vancouver, the Planitrum, the Observatory. Vanier Park holds the Children's Festival (or use to) and Bard on the Beach festival. Short walk there is another historic site and really worth while going to too.
Written March 6, 2020
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rdclarke
Ottawa, Canada37 contributions
They call this museum the "museum with a view" for good reason. Not only do its have great exhibits on history but it is located on the water with great views of the city and mountians. Be sure to check out the 1960s Ford Fairlane and the 1907 film taken from an early streetcar.
Written March 23, 2007
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Regina S
Vancouver, Canada237 contributions
Friends
Looking for something different to do, we came to the Museum.
What a nice museum. The Haida Now exposition is beautifully set.
The exposition showing Vancouver’s history has a great assortment of artifacts dating many decades. And they are beautifully set.
It was Avery fun experience and I learned about the city’s history. Nice and interesting story, as well as hard reminder of some dark moments in its history.
Written December 28, 2019
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Cannuckk
Langley, Canada318 contributions
Couples
It took a Groupon discount ticket to lure us to this museum, after living in the region for some 30 years. We enjoyed our two hour visit, but mainly because of the very informative and well laid out Haida temporary exhibit and the excellent related guided tour. In winter, they provide two daily tours of the exhibit from Friday through Monday, and really without having been able to attend the tour to provide colour and context to the Haida exhibit, I don't think we would have considered our visit to the museum completely satisfying.

It does seem a bit strange that the star attraction of the museum right now is an exhibit on the Haida, an indigenous culture not really associated with the Vancouver area. Just forget the dichotomy and take advantage while you can.

It also seems odd that the regular admission price at this museum is higher than the excellent Museum of Anthropology at UBC, which features a large collection of Native Art. We haven't been there lately, we probably will go soon after our visit to the Vancouver museum piqued our interest in learning more about First Nations culture.

The rest of the museum was mildly interesting; a neon sign exhibit was cool, as were some exhibits that illustrated cultural artifacts of the twentieth century. Ultimately though, these exhibits did not seem particularly historically important, nor all that specific to the Vancouver experience.

Bottom line, do the guided tour, it will add immensely to your visit.
Written December 10, 2019
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joeadam56
Bettendorf, IA5 contributions
The Vancouver Museum is mostly about blaming the white Europeans for taking the Indian lands, torturing the Japanese, exploiting the Chinese, and killing all the wildlife, and then charging an admission fee to pay for it all. A bit too “politically correct” for my taste.
Written August 23, 2019
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