Museum of Anthropology

Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver: Hours, Address, Museum of Anthropology Reviews: 4.5/5

Museum of Anthropology
4.5
Art Galleries • Speciality Museums • Art Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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 10,000 objects from around the world are displayed. 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, and visit the MOA Shop. MOA is situated on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people.
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2-3 hours
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The area
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Neighbourhood: 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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NancyQ61
British Columbia, Canada28 contributions
Sooo Much to See
Sep. 2021
To fully experience this museum you need a lot of time or multiple visits. So many interesting exhibits. Was a great stop an a rainy afternoon in Vancouver.
Written September 16, 2021
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tpbel
Belfast, UK427 contributions
Take the No. 14 Bus
Sep. 2021
A beautiful museum with wonderful pieces and highly educational - but everyone else has said that. What I wanted to add is that it’s easy to get to from central Vancouver by hopping on the No. 14 bus to UBC and walking through the university grounds. This is my third time in Vancouver and I always wanted to go there, but it just seemed so far out. But once I discovered the bus system, it was easy. Enjoy!
Written September 12, 2021
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Rashi D
4 contributions
Thorough and Fascinating Museum
Sep. 2021 • Family
My first time visiting an anthropology museum was amazing. There were multiple exhibits, ranging from different types of ceramics to totem poles and other carvings, to artifacts from cultures around the world. Each object was accompanied by a thorough explanation of what it was and what value it held. Overall the museum was very informative and I enjoyed learning through the sculptures, clothing, weapons, and other objects showcased in each exhibit!
Written September 6, 2021
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lb3003
Canada50 contributions
Just wow!!!
Jul. 2021 • Friends
The word beautiful isn’t powerful enough to describe this pretty unique museum.

Everything about it is just really special. The people that greet you when you get in, the overall atmosphere you get when you visit, and lastly the astoundingly spectacular collection of indigenous and anthropological artworks that are displayed.
When you visit you really get to really appreciate the different kinds of art made by great aboriginal artists usually hidden away in the shadow. You also get to explore various the various challenges humanity has faced over the eras. Including natural disasters, which you can really immerse yourself in with the exhibit on the 2011 tsunami in Japan. While you’re there be sure to not also miss the entire collection on Bill Reid in the rotunda.

However please beware that you cannot access the great hall as it is undergoing seismic upgrades at the moment and will not reopen till September 2023.

This museum is definitely a must see during your stay in beautiful Vancouver. I will definitely be back!
Written August 9, 2021
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Kathryn N
Nanaimo, Canada14 contributions
Beautiful, Powerful.
Aug. 2020
The MOA is on the beautiful campus of UBC. I rode my bike on the path beginning at Jericho Beach around the peninsula to the MOA last summer during the international puppet display. We are so lucky to have such a wonderful collection of ancient and modern BC art and artifacts to visit.
Written July 7, 2021
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j g
6 contributions
Amazing
Jul. 2021
One of the best museums in Vancouver, plan on spending most of a day there, it will take some time to see everything.
Written July 5, 2021
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S F
Vancouver, Canada206 contributions
Vancouver’s Museum of Anthropology Now Open With Timed Entry.
Feb. 2021 • Solo
Vancouver’s Museum of Anthropology (MOA) — at the tip of the city’s west side — is now open again with strict Covid 19 health and safety protocols in place, including mandatory wearing of masks, and with visits on a timed-entry basis.
Visitors must pre-purchase a ticket on-line, and can do so up to a month in advance. Tickets are 15$ for adults, 13$ for students and seniors, and a number of groups qualify for free admission. Children under 6 are also free.
The MOA is open 10 am to 5pm from Tuesday to Sunday and entries are based on 30-minute intervals. Its website has a well- laid out system for booking a visit.
Allocate 2 to 3 hours to see all on offer. There is also a cafe where a range of foods and drinks are available.
The MOA, which is on Musqueam land, was designed by legendary architect, Arthur Erickson, is beautifully located at the edge of UBC’s campus, and houses a formidable collection of NW Coast artifacts.
Just strolling around the building, looking at the totems in front and out to the ocean is a treat. I often do just that.
There is paid parking outside and at the nearby UBC Rose Garden.
It is about 20 mins by car from downtown; an easy bus ride and even a nice, if long, walk from the nearby neigbourhoods.
The clear, crisp days of February are perfect for a visit. Posted by S Fuller
Written February 6, 2021
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julie c
Burnaby, Canada890 contributions
Amazing displays
Nov. 2020 • Couples
Our first time visiting MOA today. Prebooked our entry and Covid guidelines were all clear.
Displays were amazing, the incredible artifacts and artistry was endless. Nations were beautifully displayed. The special exhibit "Shame and Prejudice " was very important display depicting the horror of lives of indigenous peoples since colonization.
Written November 5, 2020
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Karen BF
Edmonton, Canada445 contributions
Take time to enjoy
Oct. 2020
Give yourself plenty of time - the display rooms go on and on. As an anthropological tour of 'all' indigenous cultures, this place can be overwhelming and a little confusing, jumping from ancient China to Vancouver Island to New Zealand, but much to see and much to consider. Take the walk outside to visit the massive exterior exhibits.
Written October 22, 2020
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Evrett Penner
Blumenort, Canada2 contributions
Museum of Anthropology Visit
Oct. 2020
Well, At the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia,
I was gonna go there when I am gonna be 30 years old to do some courses about Native American history, and I will have college campus at the Steinbach Bible College to learn about Christian history, and I will go to the Red River College to learn about Ancient Egypt, Ancient Rome, Moai statues, Stonehenge, and ancient history.
When I'm in Grade 10 at the Steinbach Regional Secondary School, I would learn about the orchestra to listen to Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart all in one composer.
I've gotta learn about music, art and history, and more things, There's gotta be a way to learn more about education. I will help the people with disabilities that need help to eat, and I would help people in Mexico survive instead of hunger, And I would give them food to eat. I would help the people with disabilities that are from different parts of the world. I would go on a missions trip to South Africa to help the people who were living in hunger and fear. I really don't like the announcements at the Steinbach Regional Secondary School because it is even worse than Blumenort School's. I would wanna see Raven and the First Men at the Museum of Anthropology carved by Bill Reid. Thanks for the contact:)
Written October 22, 2020
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