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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
Description:

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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Good collection of Northwest original people

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... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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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Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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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Madison, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW 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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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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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Reviewed 1 week ago

MOA is on the campus of UBC. The UBC campus is beautiful and would be worth a visit even if you do not take in the Museum. The museum has a breath-taking collection of totem poles and other monumental wood carvings created by the indigenous peoples of BC. There also is an enormous collection of beautiful artifacts from other areas... More 

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

Thanks for visiting, Charles! We're happy to hear that you enjoyed the both the museum's objects and architecture during your visit. We hope to see you back again soon to continue your exploration of the collections! More 

Borrego Springs, California
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We took public transportation to University from downtown. Definitely worth the effort. Admire the preservation of numerous totem poles both indoors and out.

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

Thank you for visiting! We're glad that you enjoyed exploring both indoor and outdoor displays. Hope to see you again! More 

Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Others have written much about this First Nations Museum. . . but I often run into visitors trying to get there by public transportation. Here is how to do that from downtown: 1) Southbound Burrard and West Georgia #44 UBC bus 2) transfer at UBC Loop Bay 1 3) get on the smaller campus bus -- C18 West Mall 4)... More 

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

Thank you for sharing these helpful public transit directions! 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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