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

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

Phone: (604) 827-5932

Official Website: Museum of Anthropology

Reviews

Rated 4.6 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating An incredible place! Wow learning about the pacific west coast indigenous culture is truly remarkable and a great meditative experience.
Jake Mckay - 4 weeks ago

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5 Star Rating Hadn't been in 30 years and it was as great as I remembered. I love the indigenous artifacts of course--great place to bring kids, and indigenous people get in free. But the international collection is great as well--so much human creativity on display. And the temporary exhibit was fantastic.
miss mabel - a year ago

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5 Star Rating Beautiful galleries that include drawers you can pull out and explore for hours. We joined a quick tour and wandered after. The tour was very well done, and included learning how a canoe was made and getting to touch it. There were audio/visual instillations that let us sit back and listen to oral histories, and just over all well designed displays. Only thing I wish they had were some dates on collections.
Ula @avibrantmind - a year ago

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5 Star Rating Very nice layout. Major focus on the culture of First Nations peoples native to this area. But there is also a tucked away room with hundreds upon hundreds of small statues, sculptures, pots, paintings, and clothing from different cultures around the world. I don't think I've ever seen a museum fit so many interesting things in such a small space--without feeling disheveled or cluttered.
Joshua “JGar92” Garcia - a year ago

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5 Star Rating 4.5 stars The place is not huge but still with a lot of artworks. Despite the famous totem poles, there are also a great collection of asian artworks (Chinese, Korean, Japanese), also a bunch of Mexican artworks. The downside is most artworks only have a label that says where it come from, no more stories behind that. Overall a good place to go to, especially if you love totem poles.
S. W. - a year ago

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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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