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Museum of Anthropology
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Ranked #4 of 359 things to do in Vancouver
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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: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage, Food available for purchase
Reviewed November 1, 2013 via mobile

Took a bus out from Downtown to get here (plenty go to UBC so ignore anyone who says it's cab only). The artefacts on display are fanastic for anyone with an interest in the indigenous history and art of Vancouver and the wider British Columbia area.
The exhibit also included a section on industrial schools which gave a disturbing but fascinating insight into what colonial powers put aboriginal people through.

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Reviewed October 31, 2013

So glad we made the effort to visit the Museum of Anthropology near the University of British Columbia. Great exhibits - especially liked the Bill Reid Gallery. You could spend days exploring the galleries but you need at least 2-3 hours to get an overview of the main exhibits. Don't forget to see the exhibits outside. We used the trip planning facility on Translink to use public transport to reach MOA. The last 'leg" was on the little community bus that dropped us right at the door but the bonus was the bus driver who was as good as a tour guide in his explanation of the lovely bayside area we drove through. But whether you use the buses or get a cab make sure you visit this wonderful museum.

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Reviewed October 30, 2013

This museum is huge. The sheer amount of artifacts and items it houses is incredible, it's almost sensory-overload. If you're visiting, I recommend going on one of the guided tours, there are so many things to read and observe that having someone explain it in depth really adds to the experience. There is a good cafe nearby with a beautiful view of the UBC grounds, too.
This place is not interactive and is not terribly kid-friendly however, so young children might become bored if you're planning a long visit.

Definitely worth visiting whilst in Vancouver!

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Reviewed October 30, 2013

Make sure to take a tour, the guides are knowledgable and it gives you the highlights so you can spend more time in the right places.

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Reviewed October 30, 2013

An excellent introduction into the early history of the region; magnificent collection and the docent tour is well worth it. Very nice gift shop and a cute little cafe for breaks. The grounds are breathtaking. I would highly recommend this.

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