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

Official Website: Museum of Vancouver

Fee: Yes

Regular 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


Rated 4.3 out of 5Museum of Vancouver Star Rating

5 Star Rating This place was great. What a history of Vancouver! The map didn’t flow the greatest but wow! The clothing was a wonderful exhibit and the items made from wood were beautiful. Definitely go see it and then take a walk by the water.
Ashley P - 30 days ago

4 Star Rating Decent museum with essentially 3 areas on one floor - it’s not huge and dated. My favourite part is the area where it recreates what it looked like at the time and there is some audio playing which creates some atmosphere. Staff were very friendly.
Pamela Tsang - 1 month ago

4 Star Rating A fairly small but wonderfully curated museum, with a focus on local history and artists and really thoroughly designed exhibits. When I visited, the historical women's fashion exhibit and the 50's through 70's galleries were wonderful and well worth the trip. You won't need too long to see the entire museum, which is only one floor. Maps are available at the front desk but you may need to request one.
Rachael - 4 months ago

5 Star Rating Permanent exhibits preserving local history. Ongoing exhibits and displays covering a wide range of subjects, Most recently a production coming from the Venice Biennale. Ghetto. A theoretical exploration of the future of refugees on an increasingly turbulent planet. Huge! Relevant! Brilliant! Provocative, Disturbing! Everything Art should be.
ewan quirk - 2 months ago

4 Star Rating Great location for arts and artifacts. Easy to move around and explore the exhibitions because there are screens with videos explaining the arts. Easy accessibility for baby strollers and seniors
Kay Otegbeye - 5 months 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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