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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: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Lockers / storage
Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“M.O.A great info....”
Reviewed May 24, 2013

This was awesome first time we went it was middle of winter now it's warmer and outdoors was great....flowers and plants were in full bloom....price and tour of the artifacts was great...very knowledgeable people on hand to answer questions...spent 3+ hours there and still didn't see all the exhibits. Price in the gift store was somewhat reasonable...

Visited May 2013
Thank Larry J
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“A gem of a museum”
Reviewed May 23, 2013

This was a great museum....well organized and easy-to-view displays. Loved the giant totem poles. It's located on University of BC campus so not easy access without tranportation.

Visited May 2013
Thank mlacock
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Beautiful itself and full of beauty”
Reviewed May 21, 2013

Just being inside with the totem poles would be worth the trip. But there are SOOO many other beautiful objects, all curated so well! I have been many times, and this museum is on the short list we urge on all our visitors. From the ages of 5 up, I can't remember one complaint.

[And for architecture fans, this museum is in the only building I really like in its interior by Arthur Erickson (the late local architect). His exteriors can be lovely (the Courthouse), but his interiors are usually grim and un-functional.]

Visited March 2013
Thank Karen C
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Pontypridd, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“A must-see museum”
Reviewed May 20, 2013

Can't praise this museum enough, so go if you can. We went by sky train & bus & was quite easy. The exhibits are amazing especially the Bill Reid items.

Visited May 2013
Thank Susan D
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Tredegar, United Kingdom
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“The best place to find totem poles in the city”
Reviewed May 20, 2013

I did most of the tourist attractions in Vancouver and this is the best place to see totem poles, they have ancient, genuine totem poles in a beautiful building with the sun shining through it's glass wall. they also have loads and loads of artifacts from all over the world and some weird modern art exhibitions too.

Also outside and behind the museum is a few more totem poles and a great place to picnic and let the kids run around.

Entry prices are reasonable and you are given a little tag to attach to your clothing to prove you have paid however i lost mine within 5 mins so make sure they are very securely attached.

Visited May 2013
Thank devil_tez
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