Museum of Vancouver
Speciality Museums • History Museums
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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 - 8:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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Tori
Wisconsin133 contributions
Nov. 2022
This was a great spot! We only spent an hour here because they were closing, but we easily could have stayed another hour. The exhibits were very informative and well done, and the space was clean with kind staff. Would highly recommend
Written November 23, 2022
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julijoyeux
Bordeaux, France149 contributions
Sep. 2022
A LOT of information spanning the major events in Vancouver history. The exhibits are well presented and I was especially pleased with the information about the First Nation peoples and what the Museum is doing to recognize their rights and history. There were also a couple temporary exhibits available. The cost seemed reasonable for the experience.
Written September 13, 2022
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GKTravellers
Harrogate, UK1,309 contributions
Sep. 2022
We spent 2 and a half hours understanding the history of Vancouver in this informatuve museum. A number of rooms are given over to the First Nations people who inhabitated the area before the European settlers. At $15 the museum offers good value for money.
Written September 3, 2022
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VogtR
Munich, Germany44 contributions
Aug. 2022
Based on some of the reviews we were expecting a "small" museum, but were amazed by the broad range of exhibitits covering the First Nations, Chinese influence, the boom of the 1950s, Hippie culutre and much, much more. We could have easily spent an extra hour in this museum. Really enjoyed the interactive and engaging presentation and can recommend it especially to families. E.g. if you want to show your kids what a Jukebox looks like or a tube TV.
Written August 25, 2022
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Michael C
5 contributions
Jul. 2022
Went with my friend visiting in from Norway hoping it would showcase the intimate history of Vancouver.

Instead, we were met with endless aboriginal skateboards (forgettable and quite ugly) and very little actual history of the city of Vancouver that is of interest beyond what you would typically read on Wikipedia.

My Norwegian friend decided around 35 minutes in that he would rather just use the museum's washroom and go to Kitsilano beach (which was nearby).
Written August 3, 2022
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Hamish T
Kinross, UK65 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
If I lived in Vancouver and the “Museum of Vancouver” was meant to be representative of how well Vancouver was doing as a city, then I wouldn’t be happy. This is supposed to be a flagship installation such as the fabulous museum in Auckland and many other cities and it falls short on nearly every aspect.

The crab waterfall outside is pretty good but you then enter into what is a dim and dark and pretty miserable reception area with little flair and desks which should themselves be in a museum. First impressions matter - “flagship” remember!

The current “Seat at the Table” exhibition which is “an opportunity to consider the contributions that Chinese migrants and their descendants have made to British Columbia” didn’t do anything for me at all I’m afraid and certainly wasn’t much of a celebratory experience!

The rest of the museum is pretty much what you find in any one of a number of small US towns with neon signs on display and the ubiquitous “What we did in the 1950’s” stuff and, once again, not representative of a vibrant city such as Vancouver.
Written May 13, 2022
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William S
Bridport, UK572 contributions
Feb. 2022
This was our second visit after a break of several years. We enjoyed it more this time with a highlight being the excellent special exhibit of the history of the immigrants from China. The difficulties the early groups endured and the appalling discrimination by the citizens and government were depressing - but the resilience of those who endured this was remarkable. The other exhibits were all very interesting and enlightening and time flew by as we toured the rooms. We left after 2 hours and still had much more to see. The only improvement could be to make several of the labels and descriptions easier to read - several were in very small script or placed too low such that you had to bend to an awkward angle to read them (especially the label near the ground by the large cross-cut log). Overall this is an excellent museum which should not be missed.
Written February 19, 2022
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Wilson L
Vancouver, Canada3,786 contributions
Jan. 2022
It was a fun little visit here. We were in the area and came for the Space Center and while we visited we thought we might as well check out the Museum of Vancouver. It was massive but it was a cool exhibit seeing the history of Vancouver. Between the First Nations, Old Vancouver and Chinese History in Vancouver, it was a very informative and fun way to spend the hour. I would recommend it if you're looking for an hour or two to kill in the area.
Written January 22, 2022
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RealWomen
London112 contributions
Dec. 2021
This could be better currated to explain more about how the city developed, some maps to show where everything was , etc. However, it did have some merits in learning more about the area and the city's history.
Written December 11, 2021
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Beebeeanca
Blainville, Canada162 contributions
Sep. 2021
We visited the Museum of Vancouver on our first day in Vancouver - as a filler before our more "planned" activities.

We are quite happy we got to visit the museum, as we also got to enjoy a stroll to nearby Kitslano beach which offered great view of Vancouver. The museum itself was also a great introduction to the city and to learning more about its past and how it was shaped. The neon sign exposition was particularly interesting and so was the Chinese immigration. It offered a better understanding of our surroundings for the following days that we could relate back to the museum. The part on the 2020 pandemic was slightly surreal to see it in a museum as we are still experiencing it.

The entry price was also decent and we had a pleasant first afternoon learning. Make sure you have your vaccination proof.
Written October 16, 2021
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Museum of Vancouver is open:
  • Sun - Wed 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Thu - Sat 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
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