Museum of Vancouver

The Museum of Vancouver is the largest civic museum in Canada

Entrance to the MOV
Entrance to the MOV cc licensed photo by *_*

Located a short bus ride from downtown Vancouver in Vanier Park, the Museum of Vancouver features four permanent exhibits along with historic and archaeological collections. There are also temporary exhibits brought in throughout the year. While the focus is on the fascinating culture, history and development of Vancouver and area, there are numerous artifacts from around the world.

The museum itself has a long history going back to 1984 when it was founded by the Art, Historical, and Scientific Association of Vancouver which displayed their collections in various locations around the city until opening their first permanent location at the Carnegie Library in 1905. It's current location was constructed in 1967 in conjunction with Canada's centennial and named the Centennial Museum. The name was changed to the Vancouver Museum in 1981 and finally to the Museum of Vancouver in 2009. The museum continues to showcase a great collection of historic, nostalgic, modern and artistic artifacts from Vancouver and area.

The museum also adjoins the H.R. MacMillan Space Center Planetarium and is just a short walk from the Vancouver Maritime Museum.

For complete details about the Museum of Vancouver see the official website above.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes

Museum of Vancouver Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 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 – 8:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Address: 1100 Chestnut St, Vancouver, BC V6J 3J9, Canada

Phone: (604) 736-4431

Official Website: Museum of Vancouver

Museum of Vancouver Reviews

Rated 4.3 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating The ancestral tattoo exhibit and the mahogany project were so cool! The museum is also a great place to go to learn more about the history of greater Vancouver area pre-colonialism all the way up to the present day
Kai Kuelz - in the last week

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4 Star Rating DRESSED FOR HISTORY: WHY COSTUME COLLECTIONS MATTER It’s a beautiful collection of dresses, shoes, and accessories from XVII-XXI centuries. You can touch history through beautiful hand made silk and lace, beautiful details of embroidery and silver buttons. You can sense how the dynamic of life was changing and how this dictated new fashion styles due to Industrial Revolution, wars and social changes. Wonderful exhibition.
Anna Zlaman - 5 months ago

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5 Star Rating What a nice experience!! I had a great time on the Museum of Vancouver. The exhibitions were cool and I learned about first nations and the history of Vancouver city. One thing to notice: the access to museum is not simple buy public transport. You have to walk 10-15 minutes from a bus stop.
Rodolfo Ferreira Maritan - 3 months ago

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5 Star Rating The best thing that you can do on a weekend is visit a museum. I love the exposition, you always learn something new every day. Knowledge and fun in the museum. Thanks
Garfiela Garfiela - 2 weeks ago

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4 Star Rating Nice way to spend a few hours! It’s nice the museum is currently open later (until 8 pm on Fridays and Saturdays). It was great to learn the history of Vancouver which was interesting. If you choose a song to play in the 70s section, it will play seemingly the whole recording 🎶. The basement washrooms felt haunted but that was kinda fun.
Lisa - a month ago

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SkyTrain Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Expo LineBurrard Station9 Minutes

How to get to Museum of Vancouver by SkyTrain

From Burrard SkyTrain Station take the Burrard Street exit and catch either the #2 or #22 Macdonald going south on Burrard Street at the stop directly in front of the station. Take either bus to the Cypress Street Stop on Cornwall Avenue (less that 10 minutes). Walk back along Cornwall Ave. to Chestnut Street and go left. The museum is located in the same complex as the planetariium.

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