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“Interesting unique museum”

Museum of Anthropology
Ranked #5 of 312 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: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Lockers / storage, Wheelchair access
Reviewed September 2, 2013

The museum ' displays were tremendous. The drawers of items let one be part of the cultures. Close up i enjoyed the presentation of the house by docent mureen she explained everything well and with personal enthusiasm

1  Thank clinta w
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

A compact museum that you get to by strolling from the bus stop across the lovely UBC campus. In addition to the collection of native Canadian artifacts the multiversity room is one of the best displays I have seen in a museum. As well as cabinet displays, items are stored in drawers. There is also an interactive online catalogue that allows you to find out more about each item.
The salmon chowder in the cafe was good too!

Thank Maggie F
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

Bill Reid's sculpture of The Raven is alone worth the visit. Amazing (and overwhelming) display of all kinds of artifacts, large and small. We found the campus beautiful as well, and enjoyed the walk from the bus stop.

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Reviewed September 2, 2013

I'm not sure we would have visited this museum if the weather had been better, but we were very glad that we did. The collection linked past and present and gave one a much better perspective on the depth of First Nation culture than, say, the totem poles in Stanley Park.

1  Thank curls2468
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Reviewed August 31, 2013

This was quite a distance from our hotel downtown so we took a bus and were dropped off at UBC but still had a distance to walk to the museum ( was there another stop we should have stayed on for--we're not used to buses--but helpful students guided us there). Wonderful, informative,massive displays.

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