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Museums & Heritage

Incorporated in 1886, Vancouver is among North America's youngest capital cities.  But that doesn't mean it lacks a rich history - stretching from aboriginal times to the European settlement of the West Coast to more recent mass migrations of peoples from Asia, India and beyond.  A growing number of museums, both world-renowned and under-the-radar, brings the city's rich past to life. 

The Museum of Anthropology on the beautiful campus of the University of British Columbia is a requisite stop for visitors interested in First Nations history, as well as world cultures.  From towering totem poles to more than 10,000 artifacts from around the world, the MOA offers endless opportunities to learn about other cultures.  Plus, the building itself is gorgeous, a modern-take on a traditional Aboriginal dwelling offering stunning views of the Pacific Ocean.

Meanwhile, the city's rough-and-ready frontier days and its early history as a center of mining and fishing are fodder for several fascinating museums.  See life in an early 1900s village at the Burnaby Village Museum; experience the grim, gritty world of salmon fishing at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery; and explore a real 1900s schooner at the Maritime Museum

Finally, contemporary Vancouver - its conflicts and triumphs, its incredibly diverse population and evolving culture - is on display at the fascinating Museum of Vancouver and the quirky Vancouver Police Museum, housed in the old coroner's office. 

Interested in something for the kids?  The Vancouver Aquarium is the largest in Western Canada, with its own resident beluga whales and cuddly sea otters.  Science World, a glimmering geodesic dome above False Creek, offers fun, interactive displays on science and technology, while the nearby MacMillan Space Centre offers a peek into the final frontier.

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Orpheum Theatre Self-Guided Tours

  • June 14 - August 30
  • Orpheum Theatre
  • 884 Granville Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 3L4
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Beaty Biodiversity Museum presents Life in Colour

  • September 16 - February 18
  • Beaty Biodiversity Museum
  • Department of Science
    Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4
  • Admission: Included in Admission
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Bill Reid Gallery presents Xi xanya dzam: Those who are amazing at making things

  • April 05 - September 04
  • Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art
  • 639 Hornby Street
    Vancouver, BC V6C 2G3
  • Admission: Included with Gallery Admission
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Burnaby Art Gallery presents The Ornament of a House: 50 Years of Collecting

  • July 13 - September 03
  • Burnaby Art Gallery
  • 6344 Deer Lake Ave
    Burnaby, BC V5G 2J3
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cesna?em, the city before the city

  • January 25 - January 25
  • Museum of Anthropology, Musqueam Cultural Education Resource Centre, Museum of Vancouver
  • Vancouver, BC
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Culture Days 2017

  • September 29 - October 01
  • Various locations
  • Vancouver , BC
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Intangible: Memory and Innovation in Coast Salish Art

  • September 13 - December 10
  • Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art
  • 639 Hornby Street
    Vancouver, BC V6C 2G3
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Museum of Anthropology presents In A Different Light: Reflecting on Northwest Coast Art

  • May 11 - April 01
  • Museum of Anthropology
  • 6393 NW Marine Drive
    Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2
  • Admission: Included in Museum Admission
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Museum of Anthropology presents Traces of Words: Art and Calligraphy from Asia

  • May 11 - October 09
  • Museum of Anthropology
  • 6393 NW Marine Drive
    Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2
  • Admission: Included in Museum Admission
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Museum of Vancouver presents Unbelievable

  • June 24 - September 24
  • 1100 Chestnut St
    Vancouver, BC V6J 3J9
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Red Light Rendezvous - Sins of the City Walking Tour

  • May 20 - October 07
  • Meet at Gastown Streamclock
  • 305 Water St
    Vancouver, BC V6B 1B9
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Solar Eclipse Watching Party

  • August 21 - August 21
  • H.R. MacMillan Space Centre
  • 1100 Chestnut St
    Vancouver, BC V6J 3J9
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The Vancouver Maritime Museum presents The Lost Fleet

  • June 14 - March 25
  • Vancouver Maritime Museum
  • 1905 Ogden Ave
    Vancouver, BC V6J 1A3
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Vice, Dice, and Opium Pipes - Sins of the City Walking Tour

  • May 20 - October 07
  • Vancouver Police Museum
  • 240 E Cordova St
    Vancouver, BC V6A 1L3
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