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Museum of Anthropology
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Ranked #4 of 356 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: Lockers / storage, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access
Reviewed August 1, 2014

The museum is part of Univ of BC, but it is a splendid, educational, fun place, exceptionally well laid out and inviting. Don't miss opening the drawers in the glass-case exhibit halls - there are astonishing treasures for you to find. (The drawers are all those things with enormous bronze handles under the exhibits on display.) Who knew people make clothing out of salmon skin? Whoever could imagine such intricate beadwork? Wow is the only word. And though the museum naturally showcases First Nations from BC, it is a true anthropology museum and covers many cultures from all around the world. There is even a basket-woven Harley Davidson. Yes, really. Not to mention Bill Reid's exceptional sculptures. I'd rather have a Reid than a Picasso...but at this museum, all can appreciate his vision. Do not miss this place when in Vancouver.

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Reviewed August 1, 2014

This small museum draws me back on my yearly visits to Vancouver. It hooked me more than a decade ago with a fine temporary exhibition about the history of First Nations people along the Pacific Northwest coast. I still remain awestruck when I enter the Great Hall and put my head back to see the top of some of the incredibly high totem poles. And I always head to the alcove devoted to the work of First Nations artist Bill Reid. His sculpture of "The Raven and The First Man" is definitely a must-see.

But I mostly return now to continue my exploration of the multiversity galleries, which show off world arts and cultures. A series of rooms feature large glass cases with numbered artifacts from around the world. It is necessary to refer to a large book for descriptions, which may be frustrating
for some visitors. There are also dozens of drawers that can be opened by visitors to see smaller items. The collection holds about 2,800 objects from Africa, including masks and weapons; Chinese opera costumes; Australian Aboriginal boomerangs; and the list goes on. Haida buildings and related items can be visited behind the museum at no charge.

This museum is a treasure for those interested in First Nations people, specifically, and anthropology, in general. I don't think that the emphasis would appeal to most children. There are excellent free tours daily. Admission is high -- $16.75 for adults. But the fee drops to $9 on Tuesdays from 5-9 p.m.

I cannot recommend the cafe here. Its basic offerings -- sandwiches, etc. -- are mediocre at best. The museum shop is lovely but leans heavily toward expensive items, such as art and carvings created by First Nations people.

The museum is on the UBC campus, where parking is expensive. There is a parking garage across from the museum, about a 5-minute walk away. I think the cost is about $3.75 per hour. There is also bus service to campus.

Nearby attractions to the museum include the rose garden above the parking garage and Wreck Beach right next door. A long, extremely steep trail leads to the beach, where clothing is optional.

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Reviewed July 30, 2014

Learning about the First Nation culture, people, tribes, art etc. was really wonderful. We were lucky enough to take the last brief, and informative free tour of the day when we went. If you want to learn about a large part of the history of Vancouver this is the place to go.

It is easy to get to as well on transport ... from Uptown or Downtown buses arrive at UBC several hundred yards from the MOA.

1  Thank METRUN360
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Reviewed July 30, 2014

This is a fantastic museum! There is an (obvious) focus on the First Nations people in the Vancouver area, but there are also tons of artifacts from cultures around the world. They have a collection of rooms called the "Multiversity" with cases crammed full of artifacts, as well as drawers with more items. They also have an outside area with Haida houses and totem poles. They have temporary exhibitions as well. There is no way you can see their entire collection in a day. If I lived there, I would definitely have a membership.

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Reviewed July 29, 2014

When vacationing with our children, we always try to visit places we can't see or do at home. This was all of ours first introduction to Northwest Coast First Nations art. Very much enjoyed viewing and learning about totem poles, Haida houses, Potlatch ceremonies and the artifacts of the people. The museum itself is beautiful and in a stunning setting on the campus of the University of British Columbia.

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