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“Lovely collection of native artifacts”

Museum of Anthropology
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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 16,000 objects from around the world are displayed. Visit the award-winning Koerner Ceramics Gallery, displaying a collection of European ceramics unique to North America. 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. Visit the MOA shop and relax in Café MOA. MOA is situated on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children
Seattle, Washington
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“Lovely collection of native artifacts”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2013

Lovely collection of native artifacts including head dresses, clothing and masks. Also great totem poles and textiles.

Visited February 2013
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“Probably the best museum in Vancouver, B.C”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2013

If you're going to see just one museum in Vancouver, I'd suggest to put this on your itinerary.

While there's enough to go by on by yourself through the posted commentaries, it's better to join one (or more) of the guided tours because there's a lot that a casual tourist would miss on their own. Each guide has a different approach/perspective and while they may be discussing the same display, you learn something different each time.

The tour goes though the First nations totem poles and carvings, a brief discussion on the various First Nations tribes that were around Vancouver (there were several, but I believe only three tribe's works are displayed), a gallery on European ceramics, then through Multiversity Galleries (cultures from around the world) and concludes at the Raven and the First Men sculpture by Bill Reid. The visitor will have to explore the outdoor exhibit (Haida houses & totem poles) on their own.

During my visit there were several school groups on a field trip, but the museum staff and volunteers handled them exceptionally well!

Allocate a few hours on your visit (especially for the Multiversity Galleries). In case you get hungry during your visit, the museum cafe has a few decent meal selections as well.

Visited January 2013
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“Breathtaking Building and Exhibits”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2013 via mobile

We visited the museum of anthropology first most as an excuse to experience arguably Arthur Erickson's finest building - but what it contains is just as wonderful. The galleries are huge and you can easily spend a few hours getting lost in the history of the area. Guided tours are free and informative. A definite "must do" in the Vancouver area.

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“Peaceful, beautiful and interesting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2013

A nice collection of First Nation artifacts beautifully presented with natural light pouring into the great hall. The darker collection room contains items from cultures all over the world including, but not limited to the South Pacific, Africa, South America and Asia. I was surprised to start opening the drawers below the display cases to find even MORE pieces. Once finished inside the museum, I suggest taking a walk outside along the trail. If you follow it to the Anthropology building just to the north of the museum and double back, you'll see the other two gun mounts, shell and casing storage lockers left over from WWII when this point was the chosen point of defense for Vancouver. The third of the three mounts houses the Bill Reid sculpture The Raven and the First Men.

Visited February 2013
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“Must See Canadian Museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2013

If you're Canadian and you haven't been, why not? Designed by and Icon of Canadian Architecure (Arthur Erickson) this museum is a true Gem. Viewed from the outside it's fabulous. The great hall is a must see both to see how display space should be created with the artifacts in mind and for the fabulous collection on display. Allow yourself plenty of time to wander the galleries; there is so much to see! Allow yourself time to experience the great first nations artifacts. Be prepared that no matter how much time you spend; there's plenty more to see.

Visited February 2013
Thank Leland S
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