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“Spectacular special exhibit - Indian Residential Schools”

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.
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Los Angeles, California
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“Spectacular special exhibit - Indian Residential Schools”
Reviewed October 1, 2013

A friend and I visited the Museum of Anthropology for the special exhibit on St. Michaels, an Indian residential school that was run from 1929-1986. It was spectacular! The exhibit was well organized, featuring pictures of the residents taken during the 30's by one individual student. There were also quotes taken from governmental proceedings during the development of the residential schools and from the students, giving an account of thier time at St. Michaels.

We didn't have much time to go through the rest of the museum, but it was very clean, well designed, and had lots of artifacts and stories from various people groups around the world.

Visited September 2013
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“Overwhelming”
Reviewed September 30, 2013

I'm sure the contents of all of those drawers and shelves are very significant but there was just so much native art and costumes and implements that it ceased to have any effect, after spending much time in the main enteryway area looking at the awesome totem poles and cedar boxes. An extensive display of European ceramics, if you're interested in that type of thing

Visited September 2013
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Vancouver, Canada
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“A must see”
Reviewed September 28, 2013

I live in Vancouver and this museum is one I often visit. The building (designed by the late Arther Erickson) is in itself a thing of art and beauty perfectly set into it's surroundings. The regular exhibits are informative about many of the First Nation tribes with in the region.The rotating exhibits are also well curated.

Visited September 2013
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“Amazing”
Reviewed September 28, 2013

If Anthropology is your bag, if you have any interest at all in the birth of what was then the second world. An interest in how man can find a continent and conquor it's every danger.
You will spend a day in there and wonder why it is dark outside.
If you have the time, not easy on an organised trip, get in there.

Visited September 2013
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“A Wonderful Collection”
Reviewed September 28, 2013

The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) is located on the campus of the University of British Columbia (UBC). The MOA is renowned for its displays of world arts and cultures, in particular the works by First Nations peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast. This is also a research and teaching museum, where UBC courses are taught. The totem poles and other large carvings are impressive, as are the exhibits that make up the ceramics collection. There was also an interesting exhibit about how First Nations children were mistreated by the white settlers. Lighting in most parts of this museum is superb for taking photographs. We thoroughly enjoyed the time we spent in this museum.

Visited September 2013
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