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 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: Yes! Some attractions may restrict entry prior to their closing time.

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


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

How to get to Museum of Anthropology by Skytrain and Bus

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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Rated 4.5 out of 5

5 Star Rating Amazing! I love it. With free guided tours and free for UBC students. I'm from out of town and they honoured my student status!

Steph Mac - 6 days ago

5 Star Rating The sculptures and Totem poles on display when you walk in are worth the price of admission alone. The museum offers free docent led tours of various parts of the museum- textiles, pottery, etc. Take a tour, you learn a ton! Yes, it's true, you can go through a lot of drawers but I don't know why this is seen as a negative. There's a ton if interesting stuff to discover in those drawers. The whole collection is there for the looking. No one is forcing you to open every drawer but if you did, you'd be there for hours and it'd be worth it.

ADCarter1 - 2 months ago

5 Star Rating Amazing collection. Large enough collection that they cannot even come close to displaying everything properly. Great insight into those that were here originally.

Alphonsus To - 2 months ago

4 Star Rating “It's just my style!!” I think, when I was traveling abroad, I should study about country history. That is very important. When you tavel with study about the history of the country makes you a advance traveler. The museum tells about the history of Canada. So, I was very excited. First nation totem which very interesting. I can't speak and read English very well. But I can feel my heartbeating in musem! I'll visit again!

SUNGYONG PARK - 3 months ago

4 Star Rating The main area is the most interesting where they have artwork from our ancestors. The other areas where less interesting and overall there are not that many. The temporary exhibit on Papua New Guinea was fairly interesting and the other exhibit with paintings was mostly just strange. Outside you could not go into the houses which was disappointing. They also don't have audio guides which is really too bad since it would really bring the exhibits to life, a much needed upgrade. For $16 each it is a lot but we had a Groupon deal at $13 for two people, which is why I would give it a solid four stars, at full price it would be three stars or maybe less.

Michel Condoroussis - 4 months ago


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