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 – 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

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

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 - 6 days ago

4 Star Rating Very cool museum and I enjoyed that getting here required me to walk across the beautiful UBC campus. The setting is very nice as well. There is a ton of stuff here. A ton. The only reason I didnt give it 5 stars is because much of the stuff is cataloged, but there is no actual information about it like dates or anything. Seriously dont get me wrong it is an impressive collection, but I felt without some extra information just looking at everything with no context got a little old. Talk to the people working, the security, the front desk people, and get some information about especially cool things from them.

Garrett Ginter - 17 days ago

4 Star Rating The MOA at UBC is well-worth a visit. The grand hall with the totem poles has great light and is a delightful space to spend time in. The outside is also lovely when/if the sun comes out. Their special collections are particularly dense but if you're into discovering the cultural mores of peoples from around the world, this is the place to be. Just be prepared to spend time going through the drawers.

Donald Yapp - 29 days ago

5 Star Rating Had to visit for the tourism challenge, will come back during the year. An amazing collection of Haida and other First Nations artwork. Knowledgable staff who are always personable and happy to help.

Alberto White - 29 days ago

4 Star Rating We usually subscribe to a membership here. It's very affordable. They have a large collection of various interesting artifacts including aboriginal and foreign cultures. They also have a few new exhibits which change a throughout the year. Worth checking out if you like museums.

Matt Yok - 1 month ago

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