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Museum of Vancouver

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Granville Island & Fairview
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Address: 1100 Chestnut St | at Vanier Park, Vancouver, British Columbia V6J 3J9, Canada
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Wed 10:00 - 17:00
Thu 10:00 - 20:00
Fri - Sat 10:00 - 21:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Located just 10 minutes from downtown Vancouver and Granville Island, the...

Located just 10 minutes from downtown Vancouver and Granville Island, the Museum of Vancouver shares the scenic Vanier Park with the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Vancouver Maritime Museum, and Bard on the Beach (summer Shakespeare festival). We want to deepen your understanding of Vancouver through stories, objects and shared experiences. The museum's programs, exhibitions, and collections bring people together and inspire conversation about the future. Check our website for feature exhibitions and event listings.

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Snapshots of Vancouver history

Great museum just outside downtown Vancouver. Was great to browse and get the indigenous history of the area, learn about the logging and railroad industries as well as get a... read more

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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Great museum just outside downtown Vancouver. Was great to browse and get the indigenous history of the area, learn about the logging and railroad industries as well as get a feel for the diverse city of Vancouver. Was great to see a lot of school students here on a Friday.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You like to be able to look and sometimes touch, this is the museum for you, had a great time looking at all the exhibits.

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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had not been to the museum in a long time, so decided to take in the collections exhibit which was interesting, if you like that kind of thing. Best part was the pinball machines collection - so fun to be able to play a few $.50 games! Friendly, helpful staff, great location in Kits and not too expensive compared... More 

Thank Scarlett S
Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 16 March 2017

This is a really good museum. It goes through the timeline of Vancouver easily with lots to see. The museum isn't too overwhelming as far as feeling you have to read everything. With lots of artifacts to see, you can enjoy just walking through and not having to read or just look at pictures the whole time. It's a great... More 

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Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

We love going to the museum. It was great to learn the history of Vancouver and we really enjoyed playing pinball for a great oh blast from the past.

Thank Cheryl H
Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 1 March 2017

There's a wonderful exhibit of 'collections' right now that is extremely interesting! These belong to local Vancouver people who have amassed collections of an eclectic mix of things: toasters, action figures, pinball machines, glass eyeballs, neon signs, watches, corsets.... too many collections to name, but almost everyone would find something of interest here. This is really worth a visit!

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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 18 February 2017

Great collectors show that brings together interesting and eclectic collections that celebrate the diversity of Vancouver's community: from pinball to taxidermy to menus from Chinatown restaurants. Well worth a visit!

Thank Jill T
Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 6 February 2017

I went to Vancouver on a recent snowy weekend to visit a friend, and we visited the Museum of Vancouver as part of the Winter Wander event, a collaborative effort by all the attractions at Vanier Park. The Museum of Vancouver was by far our favorite attraction of the day. Every exhibit was impressive and enjoyable, but the Vancouver in... More 

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Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

Museum split into two parts. One devoted to history of Vancouver, the other to collections. The history has a large feature on the impact that Vancouver's growth has had on tribal lands. Also Vancouver through the twentieth century. The other part featured photos and music from the 1970's Well presented if rather traditional by modern standards Note there is no... More 

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Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

For an expensive price of $18 per adult admission, you'd think you'd get a little more than just a few small exhibitions.

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