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Review of Bill Reid Gallery

Bill Reid Gallery
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Vancouver Self-Guided Audio Tour
Ranked #26 of 359 things to do in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed June 30, 2014

Even if you are not a fan or follower of First Nations arts and crafts, this gallery presents a wonderful opportunity to view beautiful art, in general, as well as to learn about the history of the early peoples of western (present day) Canada. The gallery is a perfect size to completely enjoy in an hour or two (or three if you watch the videos that are offered) yet you won't get the feeling that it was not worth the reasonable fees. And, the gallery is a not-for profit so your nominal investment really does support the arts, too. The descriptions accompanying the exhibits are well written and enhance what is being viewed. The staff is friendly and well informed about the museum contents. And, the gift shop has something for every budget. As with any gallery, it might not be the best place to take very young children, but most any school-age child should find it interesting. The gallery is easy to walk to from the harbor area, for example, and is located in what appears to be a very safe and well 'populated' area. There are also many great restaurants of all varieties within an easy walk. Highly recommended!

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Reviewed June 29, 2014

If you go to Vancouver, do not miss a visit to Bill Reid Art Gallery, to admire the exquisite and original artwork of this Canadian artist, born in Victoria, BC. His mother belonged to the Haida People, one of the First Nations on the Pacific Coast, one of the reasons why his work is strongly inspired on the aboriginal people's costumes, myths and legends, including jewelry, bronze and wood sculptures, and drawings.
The Bill Reid Art Gallery is located very centrally in Vancouver – 639, Hornby Street - and it allows us a very pleasant experience: people in charge of it are very friendly and ready to explain anything you might want to know about the artist and his work.
There is a very nice gift shop where you can buy books on the Artist as well as on Canadian Art, and very attractive objects as souvenirs or gifts.
It is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
There’s a fee to entrance, with discounts for seniors and people who become member of the Gallery.
Pictures and/or videos are not allowed.
It is wheelchair accessible.
Do not take with you big purses or bags.
Guided tours for groups can be booked.
Audio tour available for the permanent collection.

1  Thank Celestefaisk
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Reviewed June 6, 2014

Great collection, small but well displayed and labeled. I spent about a hour here on my own. I am an artist living in Northwest BC so I was very relevant to me. If you enjoy the first nations art you see at touristy shops, do yourself a favour and see Bill Reids Gallery. Not only will you come away with a better understanding of the culture and artifacts than you could ever get at a tourist shop, you will enjoy the space inside and out, the large scale sculptures, and support a great place.

Small but great gallery shop for jewelry, prints, and metal work. Buy here and support the museum and artists.

2  Thank Kumi77
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Reviewed May 3, 2014

I strongly recommend this Gallery. Bill Reid was a master craftsman and artist and his work is an absolute pleasure to see. Currently they also have an outstanding exhibition of a Native women's Goldsmith's work. Exhibit; Ts'msyen Transforming: Morgan Green April 30 to September 14, 2014 In my opinion this gallery is unsurpassed in North America. Make a point of including it in your plans. It's not a huge gallery so will not take most of your day to view.

Thank sidewalk1234
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Reviewed April 29, 2014

This is a great place to see Haida and northern aboriginal culture . This is a must see when in Vancouver

Thank daddymom
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