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Museum of Anthropology
Ranked #5 of 311 things to do in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
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: Food available for purchase, Lockers / storage, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed July 23, 2013

My party of 10 out-of-town visitors went to this museum because it had gotten rave reviews. We had no car and had to rely on the bus system. Once we got on campus, the museum building was hard for us to find. Then we found that the last bus back to our hotel area was at around 8pm -- we were well and truly stuck. Anyway, the museum exhibits are well composed and the guided tour was highly illuminating. The online reviews led us to expect a "wow!" experience and my rather tired group (ages 10-82) found the museum to be good but not extraordinary. To my taste, each exhibit had too many of the same type of object, leaving me to think "Yes, I've got the idea." There was not enough description presented of why we should appreciate the subtle distinctions among those various items. The Bill Reid Rotunda was quite memorable. The museum is worth doing, but just go with modest expectations and they will probably be exceeded.

Thank AlbanyHokies
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

I have wanted to visit MOA for many years, and finally had the opportunity on this visit to BC. We caught the 99B bus out to the UBC campus, passing through Kitsalino and Point Grey neighbourhoods. The Museum is about a 15 walk from the UBS bus terminus, and the directions could be improved with some clearer signage. The Museum itself has an incredible collection of carvings, woven materials, and baskets. The signature piece is of course Bill Reid's Raven and the First Men - which beautifully displayed so that viewers can walk completely around this wonderful carving. I felt that with some display cases were over packed with artefacts - would be better to display a few and rotate materials. Better signage explaining the approximate date of creation, tribal group and more information about the design would improve the display. The Museum also has Oceania collections as well - the Kiribati suit of stingray armour was absolutely amazing. The Museum accommodates wheelchair access very well, and has amenities such as a cafe, toilets and a well stocked gift shop.

Thank Lesley W
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Reviewed July 21, 2013 via mobile

The Museum of Anthropology isn't Downtown Vancouver - but it's definitely worth the trip - not only because of the beautiful landscape you come to ride through. The exihibts are beautiful and give you a great impression of canadian aboriginal art. The explanations are good and not too long to read. The tours are interesting. The only (but truly minor) negative point might be that some of the vitrines are stuffed with too many exhibits. Less would be more in this case.

Thank sandra15983
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

Both we and our kids enjoyed this museum a lot. Both inside and outside exhibits are well worth the visit

Thank Daidalos66
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

A must visit for those visiting Vancouver who are interested in history, First Nations cultures and anthropology. Beautifully set in lovely grounds, the museum is a treasure trove of fascinating items and artefacts. It is a bit of a long ride from downtown Vancouver, but well worth making the trip.

Thank bunny2LondonUK
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