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Museum of Anthropology

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Address: 6393 North West Marine Dr., Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z2, Canada
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+1 604-822-5087
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10:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Wed 10:00 - 17:00
Thu 10:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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Explore traditional and contemporary art from Northwest Coast First Nations...

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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I was very impressed with the primary colllection but the extended and complimentary exhibits were also exceptional. They take anthropology to a very interesting level. It is the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Vancouver, Canada
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13 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I was very impressed with the primary colllection but the extended and complimentary exhibits were also exceptional. They take anthropology to a very interesting level. It is the opposite of boring and dry. So much information on how things are made and the direct influence to culture and place make this a very complete learning experience.

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Palm Springs, California
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The museum is absolutely beautiful & if you are at all interested in First Nation history, it is a "must", Not to be missed.

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Vancouver
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I'm not a museum person but I really admire and respect the traditions that the local residents have been practicing for centuries . For me the carvings are so interesting and I wish I hadn't taken them for granted when I was a kid . From canoes to masks , the museum has a terrific collection to show off the... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The museum is a bit hyped for its modest collection. It is at the end of the UBC campus so it is a hike to get to. I have read about the collection and the actual building and I was not impressed by either. Seems like the museum is trying to dumb down the narrative to appeal to a wider... More 

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Kiel T, Communications Assistant at Museum of Anthropology, responded to this review

Hi AVM2016, Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. It’s great to hear that you have been enjoying the natural beauty of Vancouver during your trip. It is important to understand that MOA follows a different model in the organization of our permanent displays than you may find in other institutions. For instance, the monumental sculptures... More 

Singapore
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139 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I enjoyed the exhibits. Many interesting artifacts for you to look and learn. Take the chance to visit UBC campus too since you are already there! Lots of food available at UBC Student Nest.

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Kiel T, Communications Assistant at Museum of Anthropology, responded to this review

Thanks for coming by! We're glad that you had an enjoyable and informative visit! Hope to see you again! More 

Madison, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Cool museum with lots to see. A tour guide came around 15 minutes before they started a tour and asked if we would like to attend. Learned so much more and appreciated what we were looking at.

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Kiel T, Communications Assistant at Museum of Anthropology, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting, Thomas! We're glad you were able to attend one of our free guided tours. We hope to see you back again soon! More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Located in a beautiful part of Vancouver - UBC campus, this is my favorite museum in Vancouver. Great free tours hourly, amazing collection of First Nations art and totem poles and a fully constructed long house outside. Also loved that a bunch of the displayed exhibits have cabinets beneath them with a ton more artifacts for people to explore at... More 

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Kiel T, Communications Assistant at Museum of Anthropology, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write us a review, Aalap C! We look forward to seeing you again soon! More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I believed that Vancouver is not a city to visit for museums or galleries: the outdoors and its natural beauty are the draws. That is, until I went the MoA. I spent most of a day, and it was outstanding. The First People's exhibits are obviously it strength, but even the bus trip out to the Endowment Lands was an... More 

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Kiel T, Communications Assistant at Museum of Anthropology, responded to this review

It's wonderful to hear that you enjoyed exploring the MOA collections during your visit. Thanks for coming by! We hope to see you again soon. More 

Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a great museum not only because it has been featured in movies, but also because has an excellent variety of historical and ancient artifacts that give you a perfect trip to the past. It has a parking lot and it is inside the amazing UBC campus!

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Kiel T, Communications Assistant at Museum of Anthropology, responded to this review

We're glad you enjoyed your visit! Thanks for coming by! We hope to see you again! More 

Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A great place to visit for my children. Very educational with its meticulous collection of aboriginal art and cultural specimens, which are labeled in detail. Then there is an attempt at a wider inclusion of the Pacific Rim cultures, as well as European culture, which are all integral contributors to present day West Coast culture. We left with a deeper... More 

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Kiel T, Communications Assistant at Museum of Anthropology, responded to this review

It is so great to hear that you had an eye opening experience! We hope to see you back again soon! More 

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University Land Endowments
An area as rich in history as it is in natural beauty, the expansive parkland of the University Land Endowments is protected by the city in cooperation with the University of British Columbia. A large green space studded by rose gardens, Japanese rock gardens, botanic gardens, canopy walks, regional parkland, and hiking trails, the University Land Endowments are a breath of fresh air. Combining a commitment to preserving nature with a similar promise to preserve culture, its valleys are also home to the First Nations heritage museum, the biodiversity museum, and anthropological and memorial exhibitions. From its highest canopies to the sandy shorelines of Wreck Beach, its serenity is preserved by the University buildings that dot it, combining Mother Nature and scholarship.
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