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Museum of Anthropology

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Address: 6393 North West Marine Dr., Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z2, Canada
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10:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Wed 10:00 - 17:00
Thu 10:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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The Museum of Anthropology, on the campus of the University of British...

The Museum of Anthropology, on the campus of the University of British Columbia, is an incredible collection of artifacts and art from around the world.

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A absolute must see for anyone interested in world cultures!!

This museum is a bit of a challenge to get to, but worth every effort to find it. We expected it to be very focused on First Nations, but it reflects a huge cross section of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This museum is a bit of a challenge to get to, but worth every effort to find it. We expected it to be very focused on First Nations, but it reflects a huge cross section of world cultures. In addition to display cases full of wonderful cultural artifacts from all over the world, there are zillions of catalogued drawers full... More 

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A mandatory stop for a Vancouver visit. The museum combines the history the popular art and the story that leads to the creative expressions. Don't cut it short follow the several guide options.

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Kiel T, Communications Assistant at Museum of Anthropology, responded to this review

We're glad you enjoyed your visit! It's great to hear that you opted to attend one of our free guided tours. We hope to see you again when you're in town! More 

Never the same place
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Spectacular, enormous carvings and art from local artisans and First Nations' history. Take the guided tour for wonderful insight and help navigating the extensive collection. The small percentage on display takes at least 2+ hours to see. If you want to see it all (open every drawer and read enough to understand, you will need a full day or more).... More 

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1 Thank CGJW
Kiel T, Communications Assistant at Museum of Anthropology, responded to this review

We're glad you enjoyed your visit, CGJW! Thanks for coming by and taking the time to look through the displays in the Multiversity Galleries. We hope to see you again soon! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There was a lot to see. Totems galore. Many different types of artifacts baskets, textile, etc. Teenagers had a variety to see.

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Kiel T, Communications Assistant at Museum of Anthropology, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting, Mandi! It's great to hear that the exhibits speak to visitors of all ages. Hope to see you again! More 

Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I love this place! The main gallery is filled with beautifully displayed totems and we happened in on a free tour as it was starting, and the docent was knowledgeable and make the tour interactive and fun. Lots of open spaces outside for kids to run around and play if they get bored, but the exhibits are so well done,... More 

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Kiel T, Communications Assistant at Museum of Anthropology, responded to this review

Fantastic! We're glad you were able to attend one of our free guided tours. Especially for a first visit, it is definitely helpful to have one of our guides explain the history and context of the objects on display before heading out to do some independent exploring of the museum. Thank you for coming by and we hope to see... More 

Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

a superb range of First Nations and Inuit carving and history, an excellent gift shop, inside and outside displays and a wonderful view across the inlet

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Kiel T, Communications Assistant at Museum of Anthropology, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting! We're glad you enjoyed exploring both the indoor and outdoor displays. Hope to see you again! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you want to know more about the tribes i BC this is the place to visit. Great collections and easy access with bus from Downtown Vanvcouver.

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Kiel T, Communications Assistant at Museum of Anthropology, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting Mikael! It's great to hear that you enjoyed learning about the cultures and traditions of the different Northwest Coast First Nations. Hope to see you back again! More 

Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A fantastic museum that gives you a sense of the history of the area. Amazing totem displays as well as other artifacts that were also great

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Kiel T, Communications Assistant at Museum of Anthropology, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed your visit, Chris! Hope to see you back again! More 

Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Arthur Erickson , a distinguished Vancouver architect designed a beautiful museum with local materials Erickson' innovative design brought the museums archived pieces into the museum efficiently stored in drawers so that the public had access . This was the first museum to do so and demonstrated Erickson 's creativity. The museum its displays and location are beautiful. It's also close... More 

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Kiel T, Communications Assistant at Museum of Anthropology, responded to this review

Thank you for the review, dixie h! It's always wonderful when visitors appreciate the design of the space. Glad you enjoyed your visit! More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are looking for local ancient culture, this is the place. Awesome museum, it's a must for tourists looking for ancient local culture.

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Kiel T, Communications Assistant at Museum of Anthropology, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write us a review, IshidaEd! It's great to hear that you enjoyed exploring the collections. We hope you also had a chance to check out some of our contemporary exhibitions during your visit as well. Hope to see you back again! More 

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University Land Endowments
An area as rich in history as it is in natural beauty, the expansive parkland of the University Land Endowments is protected by the city in cooperation with the University of British Columbia. A large green space studded by rose gardens, Japanese rock gardens, botanic gardens, canopy walks, regional parkland, and hiking trails, the University Land Endowments are a breath of fresh air. Combining a commitment to preserving nature with a similar promise to preserve culture, its valleys are also home to the First Nations heritage museum, the biodiversity museum, and anthropological and memorial exhibitions. From its highest canopies to the sandy shorelines of Wreck Beach, its serenity is preserved by the University buildings that dot it, combining Mother Nature and scholarship.
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