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Museum of Anthropology

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Address: 6393 North West Marine Dr. | (Near UBC), Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z2, Canada
Phone Number: +1 604-822-5087
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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: 1-2 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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Interesting, focus on aboriginal art west coast and pacific islands

Beautiful spot, good exhibits yet different from most museums. Liked the Papua new Guinean exhibit. But great First Nation exhibit, west coast art, and review of pacific cultures... read more

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

Beautiful spot, good exhibits yet different from most museums. Liked the Papua new Guinean exhibit. But great First Nation exhibit, west coast art, and review of pacific cultures and art.

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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Since we moved from uk to Canada, I thought this museum would be a great into to aboriginal art for my 3 kids. Complete disappointment as children were so bored. There were no children activities to engage them and security guards kept coming up to us to make us feel unwelcome. The female guard was threatening my children that she... More 

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Queretaro
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The museum is far from the more central parts of the city, and on bus you could easily take an hour to get to the terminus, plus a good walk on to the museum through the beautiful (at least in summer) University of British Columbia campus. Actually, this walk in itself was very nice. Once in the museum, you are... More 

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Maybe it was because I wasn't really interested in the topic, but I didn't like it. I found some areas a bit chaotic (a lot of objects in small spaces), though the great hall is cool (for the structure too).

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It is really difficult to get to this museum. There is a lengthy bus journey but even on arrival it is not well signposted. The exhibits however make it worthwhile. There are many First Nation items but they are not particularly well described on the stands and a guided tour is essential. There did not appear to be any individual... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Everyone who visits Vancouver should search this place out. It's amazing and can't wait to go back! It's full of native Indian wood carvings large scale plus many other treasures from around the world. Take a bus from the city to UBC it's only a short walk.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is hard to get to and took several bus trips and directions from helpful locals to find. It is a shame, because it is simply stunning. One of the best collections of Native American and First Peoples art I have ever seen. Curating is done sensitively and they seem to strive to honor the native cultures. Plenty of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The exhibits are almost overwhelming in their numbers, with piles and piles of indigenous artefacts from around the world. It was also nice to see that the museum is working with indigenous groups to deal with the historical cultural exploitation that brought them these riches. You could easily spend a whole day reading everything, but I took about an hour... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There is so much history and a variety of exhibits you will not be bored. In one of the little rooms we sat around a table & listened to a conversation of an aboriginal family It was like we were there guests. Very informative & comfortable. Staff are very helpful.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Its a nice place to see on a rainy day to learn about the history of the indegenous peoples of British Columbia.

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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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