Museum of Vancouver
Museum of Vancouver
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Speciality MuseumsHistory 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 - 8:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 8:00 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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • FuzzyBeaver
    Montreal, Canada1,268 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous special exhibits
    The current special exhibits (Tobias Wong project, Dressed for history) are fabulous. We particularly like the extensive Tobias Wong exhibit. It does a wonderful job showing his career and life. The dress collection does a great job showing the progression of clothing through the ages and explains the differences. Both exhibits add a lot of value. There is also lots of new material and exhibits to enjoy. Still worthwhile revisiting the original exhibits. A delightful visit!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 7, 2023
  • P3988FLmaryr
    Auckland Central, New Zealand35 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pity about the staff
    It was great to see some of the history of Vancouver at this museum but the visit, for me, was tainted by the lack of interest (by the staff at the entrance) in the visitors to the museum. They just took our money and vaguely pointed to the start of the museum. We did not get a map, or any information about the place. When I asked where the closest cafe was they were equally uninterested in telling me where the best place was. Literally the staff on “duty” just talked to each other the whole time.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written October 17, 2023
  • Samuel B
    Norwich, United Kingdom61 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perfect for a rainy day ☔️
    Enjoyed my time at the Museum of Van. yesterday. The first couple exhibits I wandered around weren’t really of interest, but the history of the city and it’s people and the exhibition around Asylum were incredibly interesting to me. I’d recommend checking this out on a rainy day.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written October 23, 2023
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Mette K
Christchurch, New Zealand8 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
I found the Vancouver Museum puzzling and confusing in its lack of anything that resembles a museum that belongs to a city of 2.4 million. We visited Vancouver in the middle of winter as a stop-over on a skiing holiday, for 3 nights. We arrived just as they were having some of the coldest days of the year. Hence we had to look for something to do inside. Having two children aged 10 and 12 we thought going to the Museum of Vancouver would be a safe bet and we could learn more about the city. We are falling in love with Canada so it pains me to write a negative review but I remain more puzzled than disappointed. This museum has a very disappointing entrance way with a dis-interested staff member. There is no cafe or shop, so don't go there expecting to have lunch or coffee (as we almost did!) The view over to the city was lovely from the windows. It did have an interesting exhibit about refugees in the city which was thought-provoking and did have some history about where the city has come from but then had an exhibit about the ages which seemed a little irrelevant but fun non-the less. I see there is a Museum of Anthropology and a Science Museum (both of which we didn't go to), so maybe they are supposed to fill in the gaps for the city. There is obviously a history here regarding Vancouver's museum's that I am not party to, but, as a visitor the title of 'Museum of Vancouver', I feel, is misleading, as it suggests a lot more than it delivers, or the funding for this poor institution has been largely withdrawn by the city!
Later, on the way home, we visited the Auckland Museum, a city of 1.4 million, and it far outstripped the Vancouver Museum. I was also comparing it to Te Papa in Wellington and even our own Museum in Christchurch (currently closed due to renovation, but even in its original state outstripped the Vancouver Museum). All of these three museums are full of people, are buzzing and are obviously cared for by their respective cities, where I feel this poor museum is not!
Written January 27, 2024
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C man!
Atlanta, GA6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
Nice museum, a little on the small side, but gives excellent insights about the history of the native Americans that used to live and currently do live in the Vancouver area as well as British Columbia as a whole
Written January 3, 2024
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Samuel B
Norwich, UK61 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Enjoyed my time at the Museum of Van. yesterday. The first couple exhibits I wandered around weren’t really of interest, but the history of the city and it’s people and the exhibition around Asylum were incredibly interesting to me. I’d recommend checking this out on a rainy day.
Written October 23, 2023
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P3988FLmaryr
Auckland Central, New Zealand35 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
It was great to see some of the history of Vancouver at this museum but the visit, for me, was tainted by the lack of interest (by the staff at the entrance) in the visitors to the museum.
They just took our money and vaguely pointed to the start of the museum. We did not get a map, or any information about the place.
When I asked where the closest cafe was they were equally uninterested in telling me where the best place was.
Literally the staff on “duty” just talked to each other the whole time.
Written October 17, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

FuzzyBeaver
Montreal, Canada1,268 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
The current special exhibits (Tobias Wong project, Dressed for history) are fabulous. We particularly like the extensive Tobias Wong exhibit. It does a wonderful job showing his career and life. The dress collection does a great job showing the progression of clothing through the ages and explains the differences. Both exhibits add a lot of value. There is also lots of new material and exhibits to enjoy. Still worthwhile revisiting the original exhibits. A delightful visit!
Written June 7, 2023
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sinyt28
Singapore, Singapore5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
I was at the museum with my teenage son on 9 March 2023 in the afternoon. At the admission counter, the person in charge intentionally delayed attending to our admission. When she finally did attend to us, she was extremely abrupt and racist in her remarks to us.

I was and still am appalled, shocked and disgusted by her behavior. The biggest irony is that the Museum is currently having an exhibit entitled " A Seat at the Table", which "explores historical and contemporary stories of Chinese Canadians in BC and their struggles for belonging".

I hope other Chinese-looking people like us will not be subjected to such degrading treatment at this museum in the future.
Written March 24, 2023
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jadeebgood@charter.net
Knoxville, TN2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Friends
This is a beautiful museum but the exhibits featured from Jin-Me Yoon and Carmen Papalia were terribly. They were beyond strange! My friend’s and I were extremely disappointed! We have all traveled the world and agreed it was hard to call any of it art. Save your money!!
Written February 28, 2023
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Tori
Wisconsin153 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, France154 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 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, UK1,347 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 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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