Vancouver Art Gallery

The Vancouver Art Gallery is the largest art gallery in Western Canada

Vancouver Art Gallery seen from Robson Square
Vancouver Art Gallery seen from Robson Square

The Vancouver Art Gallery is located on Hornby Street in Vancouver between Robson Street and Georgia Street in what was previously the Vancouver courthouse. One could consider the building itself a work of art.

Constructed in 1906 it features columns, a center dome, formal porticos, and ornate stonework. Located outside the Georgia street side is the Centennial Fountain built in 1966 in commemoration of the union of the colonies of British Columbia with Vancouver Island.

The 41,400 square foot gallery features a collection of over 10000 works including the largest collection from renowned BC artist Emily Carr. The Gallery Cafe features a rooftop patio, one of the most idyllic in downtown Vancouver, where you can enjoy a glass of wine on a beautiful afternoon. There is also a Gallery Store and library for you to browse.

The grounds in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery have become a prime social gathering place, so don't be surprised to see some kind of activity going on such as musicians, improv or a protest rally.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes.

Vancouver Art Gallery Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 12:00 – 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Address: 750 Hornby St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H7, Canada

Phone: (604) 662-4700

Official Website: Vancouver Art Gallery

Vancouver Art Gallery Reviews

Rated 4.3 out of 5 Star Rating

3 Star Rating A little disappointing. I always make a point to visit museums when I travel. I wanted to make sure we visited this museum while in Vancouver. Ground floor was great - beautiful exhibition of weaving and the group of seven. We took the elevator up to the top floor which was mostly closed up, except one small gallery of Emily Carr paintings. Beautiful. We took an escalator down one floor. Two disjointed exhibits there. Another escalator down to a floor that was completely closed off which also meant elevators were inaccessible as were up escalators to get to a floor with elevators. That meant my mother had to slowly take a full flight of stairs down back to the main floor. Not easy. Seems the museum is in process of designing and building a new location. Hopefully it will be more accessible and have more exhibition space for more engaging shows.
Sarah Cosgrove - 3 weeks ago

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5 Star Rating My visit to the Vancouver Art Gallery was a deeply enriching experience that I thoroughly enjoyed. The gallery's diverse collection of artworks, ranging from classical to contemporary, offered a fascinating journey through various artistic movements and cultural narratives. I was particularly impressed by the exhibitions featuring Canadian artists, which provided unique insights into the country's rich artistic heritage. The thoughtfully curated displays and the gallery's serene ambiance made for a relaxing and inspiring visit. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable, enhancing my appreciation of the art with their insights. I had a great time exploring the Vancouver Art Gallery and would highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in art and culture.
oscdu - a month ago

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5 Star Rating The art gallery was really nice and had some very cool exhibits, including one on a set of paintings by a Group of 7 artist that were proven to be fakes/impressions of the real thing. You could guess what paintings were real and not, and then the method of examining the paintings was explained. The architecture of the building was amazing and it was very nicely renovated from its old life as a courthouse to the art gallery. It retains its historical facade but is modern on the inside.
Jack Osiowy - a month ago

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5 Star Rating Very beautiful old building with a great art gallery in it. Unfortunately one floor was closed but only for a new exhibit soon to be opened. I don't know much about Canadian art or culture in general so a nice short tour was very welcome. Very friendly personal and service. You will be done in 2 hours max if you are not an art expert. If you need longer you can enter as often as you like until 4pm on the same day. The emergency exit only for men was funny. Maybe you want to change that. XD
Fabian Coenen - a month ago

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4 Star Rating Pros: Youth under 18 yrs old get free admission (bring photo ID) Really cool architecture that is perfect for photos Three floors (one smaller one dedicated to Emily Carr) Not too crowded (went on a Wednesday during Spring Break) Seating spaces Elevator, stairs and escalator options Gift shop with souvenirs Cons: Didn’t spend as much time there because there wasn’t as much to see Questionable artworks? (Objective)
Anne - 2 months ago

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SkyTrain Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Expo LineBurrard Station4 Minutes
Canada LineVancouver City Centre2 Minutes

How to get to Vancouver Art Gallery by SkyTrain

No Buses Needed. From Burrard Station on the Expo Line exit onto Burrard Street and walk one block south on Burrard to Georgia Street. Go left one block along Georgia to Hornby Street.

From Vancouver City Centre on the Canada Line exit and go north to Georgia Street then left (west) on Georgia Street for one block.

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