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: No

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: Closed
  • 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

Directions

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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Reviews

Rated 4.6 out of 5

5 Star Rating The atmosphere in the Great Hall inspires reverence. I have spent a lot of time in this museum and I always feel deep sense of spirit and reverence while in the presence of the ancestors. The carved poles and other forms embody the love and reverence the First peoples' have for the land, sky and waters and all living beings they share this magnificent land and waters with. The stillness is palpable. Beautiful!

Leslie Stanick - 14 days ago

5 Star Rating A stunning space and collection. Words fail to express how moving this repository of cultural treasures is. The new masterworks gallery is a welcome addition and I've noticed an effort to make exhibits more accessible to children which I hope to see more of in the future. We proudly direct all out-of-town visitors and share the free passes that come with membership! Thanks MOA.

Scott Plumbe - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Don't miss the drawers in many rooms that you can open to see even more artifacts. There are so many things and information I could spend a week here or do a quick walk thru. Cafe has great food and beverages. Parking is a bit pricey. Website details upcoming events and new displays. If you're like me and enjoy reading about everything a membership may be the way to go. Make sure to ask for a discount if one applies to you because the cashier will ring in a regular adult rate if you don't ask. Enjoy!!

Phoenix Parr - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating This is a wonderful experience to see the history in this place. Such amazing artwork in a very innovative (to me) display method. Each area has many drawers to open containing much more art, sacred items and tools for everyday life than a museum of a similar size may otherwise be able to display. More too see than the one day I had would allow. Hope life leads me to Vancouver again so I can visit once more. A must-see for any trip to Vancouver.

Brad Spontak - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!! Being a Native American I made the trek across the border to check out what I thought would be a decent museum. Little did I know it is INFESTED with artifacts from indigenous people from around the globe. Even an artifact from MY OWN tribe was here! Amazing place. The ONLY downside is having to pay a pretty hefty amount for parking in my opinion. Otherwise I would have stayed for hours and hours. I will be returning in the future.

Kevin Kayotic - 2 months ago

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