Museum of Anthropology

The Museum of Anthropology located at the University of British Columbia is a very popular Vancouver attraction

Exterior of the Museum of Anthropology designed by Arthur Erickson
Exterior of the Museum of Anthropology designed by Arthur Erickson photo shared by Arnold C

Vancouver's Museum of Anthropology, located at the University of British Columbia, is an extremely popular destination for both tourists and locals.

The current home of the museum, designed by the well known Canadian architect Arthur Erickson was completed in 1976. The design was influenced by the post-and-beam architecture used by the Northwest Coast First Nations.

The museum features a large collection of Northwest Coast First Nations art as well as large collections from the South Pacific, Africa, and Asia and Europe. Articles include an extensive collection of textiles, art, historic photographs, carvings, masks, pottery, coins and weapons to name a few.

On Tuesday evenings between 5 and 9pm there is a special reduced admission rate that you can take advantage of.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes

Open Now: No

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Address: 6393 NW Marine Dr, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2, Canada

Phone: (604) 822-5087

Official Website: Museum of Anthropology

How to get to Museum of Anthropology by Skytrain and Bus

Skytrain and Bus Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Expo LineCommercial-Broadway
Canada LineBroadway-City Hall
Millennium LineVCC-Clark

From VCC-Clark SkyTrain Station on the Millennium Line catch the #84 UBC to its terminus at the UBC bus loop. From Commercial-Broadway Station on the Expo Line or Broadway-City Hall Station on the Canada Line catch the #99 UBC westbound on Broadway to its terminus at the UBC bus loop.

Alternatively from Monday to Friday only, before 7 pm, if coming from Downtown; you can take the #44 UBC from in front of either Waterfront or Burrard Station to the UBC bus loop.

From there you can walk the 1.4 km's to the museum (about 15 minutes) by going north along Wesbrook Mall (the road that parallels the bus loop) to Chancellor Blvd. Go left (west) on Chancellor Blvd. which becomes NW Marine Drive until you see the Museum on your right at West Mall Road. If this is too far of a walk for you catch bus #C20 from bay 15 at the loop and take it to NW Marine Drive at West Mall. This is about a 10 minute bus ride and the bus runs every 20 - 30 minutes so it may take a little longer than walking depending on how long you have to wait for the #C20.

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Museum of Anthropology Reviews

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 based on 69 reviews. See all

5 Star Rating Great collection of local art and relics, along with temporary exhibitions. Don't miss going to the outdoor area, and take one of the various free guided tours if you get the chance.

James Wheeler - 4 days ago

5 Star Rating This is the best museum in BC. A great place to learn about art and history in the same place.

Brian Dubois - 8 days ago

5 Star Rating This is one of the most amazing museums I have ever had the privilege to tour. I spent hours and hours here and took so many pictures my camera battery died. If you go to Vancouver, BC the MOA is a must-see.

Susan Laddon - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating An amazing collection. There is just so much to see. So a great day trip. Recomend the guided tour.

Denis Cavanagh - 2 months ago

5 Star Rating Can't praise this gem enough...SIX stars if I could award them. My cousin casually suggested we check out the MOA and knew I would be gob-smacked...think he just enjoyed watching me trying to pick my jaw off the floor. MOA's architecture wows and that's just the start. With over 70% of the wide-ranging collection right on display in a most accessible manner this inspired building is bound to impress the heck out of any visitor. Just the lower foyer alone is stunningly dominated by the powerful scale of the BC First Nations culture. Short tours with wonderfully informative docents are excellent! An incredible membership bargain too. Don't miss this experience!! Visited August 2013 and really want to visit again.

Reggie Billingsworth - 6 months ago

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