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


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 Wandering through the moa is like travelling through time. You are awash with artifacts from indigenous cultures around the world. The atmosphere is peaceful and warm and some pieces may bring you to tears. A must visit in Vancouver.

Frank Fleming - 6 days ago

5 Star Rating Take a tour with museum employee and you'll get quick insight what all you can find here. You can learn a lot about not only american natives traditions. Really great place for spending the time while is raining outside.. ;)

Daniel Linhart - 8 days ago

5 Star Rating Vast collection of totem poles and other form of native arts, contemporary paintings, and statues. We could also see an interesting exhibition of Papua new Guinea's different art form as well! Great place to visit.

Ahmad Tavakoli - 10 days ago

5 Star Rating The special shows here are invariably excellent, and many are curated by MOA staff. You could spend many days going through the permanent collection, with hundreds of pull-out drawers of artifacts. Great docent-led tours for no additional charge.

Scott Morris Rose - 21 days ago

5 Star Rating Outstanding! Artifacts and objects exhibited give am insight of the daily life and customs of the original peoples in the NW Pacífic área. Learning about the traditional potlatch ceremony was thrilling! We proffited from the hourly free guided tours organized by the mudeum.

Juan Carlos Rovetta - 22 days ago


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