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“Little museum but interesting”

Museum of Anthropology
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Whistler Day Tour Including Peak 2 Peak Gondola Admission
Ranked #5 of 349 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: Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Lockers / storage
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“Little museum but interesting”
Reviewed January 15, 2014

MoA is an interesting museum where there are some artifacts of natives called First Nations. It helps to know about the Canadian history.
There is an area with artifacts from other countries too.
That's a little museum but it is a place to go in Vancouver.

Visited February 2013
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed January 12, 2014

I had heard great things about the Museum so I had reasonable expectations. I am not one to normally write reviews but this was such a let down I had to share my experience.
The museum itself was quite small but still managed to display a lot of artifacts. However, I found the whole thing to be quite unengaging and dull. I was there for less than 45 minutes.

The information provided was unclear. Sometimes there was no information at all. We purchased coffee's from the cafe, upon seeing no sign not to take them into the museum itself we did. Only to be told half way through that we had to drink them outside, because of the ants? Anyway, fine. But perhaps a sign, or the person actually letting you in could have said something at the time?
I was so disappointed by the experience because so many people had said such great things. We joined the guided tour, only to leave it after 5 minutes because i found myself completely bored.
Overall i was disappointed, and I wouldn't really recommend this to anyone.

Visited January 2014
3 Thank RB16
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Ottawa, Canada
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“One of the very best museums in Canada!”
Reviewed January 12, 2014 via mobile

Excellent & well-staged collection highlighting cultural diversity. Especially at a time when so many of our national institutions are under threat from political ideologues, this collection provides an invaluable insight into our cultural history. Well done, & long may it continue.

Visited January 2014
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“must go”
Reviewed January 12, 2014

if you only have time for one thing in vancouver, that's the place to go. in the museum and its surroundings, you get a total immersion into a very important part of vancouver's identity. the museum itself is a stunning piece of architecture inside and out. its first nations exhibitions, always very well curated, give you a sense of the history of this place. the beautiful exterior of the museum with the longhouse and totem pole whisk you into the magical place that is canada's west coast, and the natural surroundings with the ocean and the tall trees let you know right away why so many people long to live here. it was one of the first places i visited when i first contemplated moving to vancouver in 1986, and after having visited there, i was convinced that this was the place for us. i never regretted it.

Visited November 2013
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“Pacific Northwest Art mecca”
Reviewed January 12, 2014

If you want to be blown away by some artistic treasures of the Pacific Northwest, you must come here. Not only do you see some of the most majestic pieces from the area, you can also see works from other parts of the world (New Guinea, the Southwest, Mexico, Alaska) that may have influenced the artists. It is fascinating and awe-inspiring and I would be sure to make this a definite stop during you're stay so you can get a true sense of what a magical part of the world the Pacific Northwest is.

Visited December 2013
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