Museums in Vancouver

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Museums in Vancouver

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  • Unelma333
    Karlsruhe, Germany1,217 contributions
    The museum is quite far from the central parts of Vancouver, so you either need a car or take the bus to the university campus. But if you have the slightest interest in the culture of First Nations, it is absolutely worth it.
    They have fascinating exhibits, including totem poles and different artefacts. There is plenty of information provided in order to understand the history and cultural significance behind each item. The Bill Reid rotunda is impressive and showcases the work of this well-known Haida artist.
    There is also a colourful selection of cultural exhibits from all over the world, which were interesting to see as well. The only part I skipped was European ceramics. I'm sure that is interesting as well, though a bit less if you come from Europe.
    The gift shop was excellent, too, and a good source of souvenirs if you want to make sure that the artists who created them were treated fairly.
    Written November 17, 2022
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  • Grzegorz K
    Geneva, Switzerland2 contributions
    Went with my two teenagers and a 6-yo daughter. Many interactive activities - everybody will find sth interesting. We all had a great time playing with different puzzles and learning at the same time.
    Spent there almost 4 hours.

    Missed a bit things related to cosmos and space exploration.
    Written January 5, 2022
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  • MDJ334
    Minneapolis, MN93 contributions
    This gallery was on my list of things to visit, we walked by it and I said I need to see this. The architecture is stunning, as well as the way items are exhibited. It was an engaging collection.
    We both thoroughly enjoyed it.
    Written September 14, 2022
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  • julijoyeux
    Bordeaux, France149 contributions
    This is a smaller fine art museum which seems to have more temporary than permanent displays. I enjoyed several individual installations very much. However, I was disappointed that our visit was limited to 1 hour because of a wedding set-up. When I booked the online tickets, there was no indication of a private party taking over the space and I feel like we were cheated out of a better, longer, and more immersive visit...which it certainly deserves.
    Written October 7, 2022
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  • Vanessa P
    Calgary, Canada1,319 contributions
    Not as big as it seems, however it has a great local first nations collections explaining their culture and life living and moving around ocean. Also, there is a big boat in on the museum's wing and it is possible to explore inside.
    The museum is located in a beautiful area, it worth to go for a walk and explore.
    Written October 29, 2021
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  • GKTravellers
    Harrogate, UK1,309 contributions
    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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  • Where_to_travel_next
    Vancouver, Canada4,307 contributions
    Try this place for a most unique experience for an intimate session listening to local jazz monthly. It's like being in a loving room and you get served tea and a cookie at intermission.
    Written December 5, 2022
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  • Stephen P
    Fairfield, CT708 contributions
    An unexpected gem. This is really a very interesting museum not only about the history of the Vancouver police department but about policing. Great exhibits. Really well done.
    Written July 22, 2022
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  • Kathrin S
    Portland, OR586 contributions
    I wasn't sure that I'd like this museum after reading the mixed reviews, but we enjoyed our visit. We all learned a lot.

    I agree it may not be in Vancouver's Top Ten but it'll be close up there! It was difficult to find. (Google maps struggled) but it was a good visit.
    Written August 14, 2022
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  • Top Chefs Table
    Delta, Canada126 contributions
    Even if you are not a motorcycle guru you will find this exhibition an amazing collection of Harley Davidson motorcycles that cover decades. Some real oldies in pristine condition. Nicely displayed with staff who are extremely knowledgeable. The exhibition is upstairs from the main floor area offering all the latest Bikes and clothing. The exhibition is by donation. Not to be missed. Yes. You can take photos. Well I did.
    Loved it.
    Written May 7, 2019
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  • Dan G
    Vancouver, Canada1 contribution
    Well documented, honest history of the wretched conditions faced by the Chinese people who came to Canada to help build a railway, only to be cheated and spurned by the governments of both BC and Canada.
    Written November 13, 2022
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  • RoadDolphin
    Shediac, Canada41 contributions
    Recently moved from Gastown, but very accessible by public transit. Lots of beautiful art pieces, and also other Indigenous-made goods such as jewelry and wallets. Relaxing to browse the gallery. Knowledgable and friendly staff. Definitely worth a visit.
    Written June 5, 2019
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  • Chris D
    New Westminster, Canada3,050 contributions
    There are a lot of art galleries in Vancouver. There are a lot of GOOD art galleries in Vancouver. But, there are very few like this one, which specializes in local's woodwork, stone sculpture, and other media. The photos help show the quality and selection that is difficult to put into words. Tourists who are interested in local culture should definitely look here; in the western part of Gastown, a short walk from the Cruise Ship Centre.
    Written January 17, 2019
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  • RebeccaJanczewski
    Cardiff, UK95 contributions
    What a fantastic find this was, slightly off the beaten track on the hidden lake next to Stanley Park and close to the rose gardens. Fantastic volunteers told us so much about the local wildlife and were extremely passionate, knowledgeable and welcoming. We saw bald eagles flying above and baby swallows about to fledge. We were also told that if you visit at dawn or dusk you will almost always see beavers - wow! It is astonishing to think of beavers living in the city centre! Amazing! Well worth checking out! Top tip: if you enjoy your visit, consider making a small donation to keep this fab charity going!
    Written July 15, 2019
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  • EE15
    Bolton547 contributions
    The museum is okay for kids but it’s on the small side and is a little bit basic. Needs a bit of a refresh and some more going on for adults.
    Written October 2, 2022
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