Museum of Vancouver

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Museum of Vancouver
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Speciality Museums • History Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
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
The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) connects Vancouverites to each other and connects the city to the world. An enthusiastic civic advocate, MOV is dedicated to encouraging a deeper understanding of Vancouver through stories, objects and shared experiences.
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Tin QC
Calgary, Canada305 contributions
lovely indoor activity
Apr. 2021
Lovely indoor activity! There were 3 exhibitions when we visited- Haida/First Nations, Old Vancouver and Chinese history/heritage. As a visitor this gave us great background of the city and its people.
Written April 12, 2021
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Hi Bienbonita - thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review and share some insights from your last visit! So happy to hear that you enjoyed your time and learned something about Vancouver! With gratitude, Lorenzo Schober Marketing and Communications Manager Museum of Vancouver
Written July 27, 2021
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Judith B
Vancouver, Canada82 contributions
Three in one
May 2019
Three in one equals, you have the Museum of Vancouver, the Planitrum, the Observatory. Vanier Park holds the Children's Festival (or use to) and Bard on the Beach festival. Short walk there is another historic site and really worth while going to too.
Written March 6, 2020
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Regina S
Vancouver, Canada236 contributions
Something great for a rainy day
Dec. 2019 • Friends
Looking for something different to do, we came to the Museum.
What a nice museum. The Haida Now exposition is beautifully set.
The exposition showing Vancouver’s history has a great assortment of artifacts dating many decades. And they are beautifully set.
It was Avery fun experience and I learned about the city’s history. Nice and interesting story, as well as hard reminder of some dark moments in its history.
Written December 28, 2019
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Cannuckk
Langley, Canada288 contributions
Time Your Visit With the Guided Tours
Dec. 2019 • Couples
It took a Groupon discount ticket to lure us to this museum, after living in the region for some 30 years. We enjoyed our two hour visit, but mainly because of the very informative and well laid out Haida temporary exhibit and the excellent related guided tour. In winter, they provide two daily tours of the exhibit from Friday through Monday, and really without having been able to attend the tour to provide colour and context to the Haida exhibit, I don't think we would have considered our visit to the museum completely satisfying.

It does seem a bit strange that the star attraction of the museum right now is an exhibit on the Haida, an indigenous culture not really associated with the Vancouver area. Just forget the dichotomy and take advantage while you can.

It also seems odd that the regular admission price at this museum is higher than the excellent Museum of Anthropology at UBC, which features a large collection of Native Art. We haven't been there lately, we probably will go soon after our visit to the Vancouver museum piqued our interest in learning more about First Nations culture.

The rest of the museum was mildly interesting; a neon sign exhibit was cool, as were some exhibits that illustrated cultural artifacts of the twentieth century. Ultimately though, these exhibits did not seem particularly historically important, nor all that specific to the Vancouver experience.

Bottom line, do the guided tour, it will add immensely to your visit.
Written December 10, 2019
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Michael B
Wakefield, UK360 contributions
Very interesting.
Sep. 2019
There are numerous interesting displays recording the growth of Vancouver since the end of the 19C. We also received an illuminating half-hour talk on the Haida exhibition which does much to illustrate the culture of the "original nations" as the indigenous people are now called.
There was a lack of staff inside the actual museum, but overall we had an informative and enjoyable visit, having arrived on a False Creek Ferry.
Written October 22, 2019
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Hi Mikebutler46, Thank you for leaving a review for MOV! We are really happy to hear that you had an overall informative and enjoyable experience learning about the narratives and stories that make up the city's unique history. We are proud to offer the guided tours with Haida Now and feel that they elevate the experience even more. We hope to have you at MOV again soon! With appreciation, Lorenzo Schober - Communications and Marketing Manager, Museum of Vancouver
Written November 6, 2019
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Katie A
Portland, OR69 contributions
Walk thru history
Oct. 2019 • Couples
Start with local indigenous history then walk through scenes, set-up like life-size dioramas, of the post-colonialization moden city starting in the 1850s.
Written October 17, 2019
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Hello and thank you for your review. I think this is a great itinerary for those visiting MOV for the first time - thank you for sharing it. With appreciation, Lorenzo Schober - Communications and Marketing Manager, Museum of Vancouver
Written November 6, 2019
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Le petit chat noir
Auckland, New Zealand124 contributions
Not really MOVed
Sep. 2019
We popped in hear one Friday evening when the museum was nearly empty and had a look around. We enjoyed the "bringing nature inside" exhibit but not much else took our fancy and we shuffled off into the sunset. Perhaps it was jetlag?
Written October 5, 2019
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Hi Mike Thank you for taking some time to leave us a review after your visit. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed our Wild Things exhibition as well! We are sorry to hear that the rest of the exhibitions that are currently on display did not have the same effect. In order to bring more context and to elevate the experience we do offer free public guided tours of our Haida Now exhibition at 11:30 and 1:30 daily from Friday to Monday. The tour takes about 1/2 an hour and offers excellent highlights and insight into the pieces on display. If you are still around this coming weekend we would be more than happy to have you back to experience a tour! Email us at marketing@museumofvancouver.ca and we would be happy to set this up. With appreciation, Lorenzo Schober - Communications and Marketing Manager, Museum of Vancouver
Written October 7, 2019
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Cathy O
Hamilton, New Zealand9 contributions
Oh Dear MOV :(
Bit of a shambles starting with the lifts; obscurely named ML, LL and something else with no identification to floor. Next; aboriginal exhibit started well but descended into fuzzy pictures, hard to hear sound tracks, and then had children’s poorly mounted drawings, bizarre. Science talk a joke, old 1970s video, couldn’t hear speaker with Frank Sinatra’s ‘fly me to the moon’ blaring (we complained, to which he replied ‘that’s why I turned it off‘: he didn’t!’ Then back downstairs, getting lost en route because of no indications of what is on each floor in the lift, to the ‘moonrock you can touch’, you can’t, it’s a tiny piece covered in some hard plastic, we complained at the desk, they said ‘yes you can touch it’ you can’t! Then what we originally thought might be the moonrock but which we then guessed must be a piece of asteroid, was hanging without any signage at all. We complained, they said, ‘isn’t it? It probably is’. It isn’t. Very poor Vancouver, needs a desperate injection of funds and you don’t need 6 staff printing bits of paper at the front desk and no-one in the museum!! We were so exhausted and disappointed we couldn’t bear to go to the maritime museum which looked equally dowdy. Instead we went in search of the ferry as we saw one leaving the marina, but unfortunately that was equally ‘unsignposted’, other locals were asking us where to find it, that’s another review...
Written September 3, 2019
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IanAitchison
Glasgow, UK50 contributions
City visit
Jul. 2019
One of three museums visited, along with the Maritime Museum and the Space Center. You can get a ticker that covers the three and it is very good value for money. A lot of nice displays featuring Vancouver through the decades. There was also an exhibition on First Nation bands and we had an excellent guided tour
Written September 2, 2019
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Hello Ian, We really appreciate you taking some time to leave us a review! Happy to hear that you also had a chance to experience Vancouver through the decades in our permanent history galleries and to gain a deeper appreciation for the Haida Now exhibition through our popular and informative guided tour. Hope you have the chance to visit us again in the future. With appreciation, Lorenzo Schober - Communications and Marketing Manager, Museum of Vancouver
Written September 11, 2019
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Robbie R
Salisbury, United States21 contributions
Do This First
Aug. 2019
While not every exhibit in this museum is top notch, most are, and the museum offers wonderful context for a stay in Vancouver, especially the exhibit on the indigenous people and the impact colonialism had and continues to reverberate through the generations. Exhibits on the history of Vancouver were also well done, especially about each different community, including the taxing of the Chinese and the internment of the Japanese residents. Much for kids to do too. All in all it informed our stay in the city greatly.
Written August 24, 2019
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Hello, Thank you for taking some time out of your day to leave us a review. Our vision, as a civic history museum, is to inspire a socially connected, civically engaged city. As stewards of the city's vast collection it is our job to assist in the telling of all narratives and stories that make up the story of Vancouver. So glad you came here during your visit and hope to see you again soon! With appreciation, Lorenzo Schober - Communications and Marketing Manager, Museum of Vancouver
Written September 10, 2019
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