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

Open Now

Regular Hours:
Hours may be subject to change. Please verify on the official website.

  • 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

Category: Museums

Address: 1100 Chestnut Street
Vancouver, BC V6J 3J9

Phone: +1 604-736-4431


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5 Star Rating The Museum of Vancouver is an awesome spot to spend time with your kids on a rainy day. The exhibitions were very interesting and we learned so many things... Read More

Cindy D. Aug-22-2021

4 Star Rating Absolutely must visit! The tickets need to be bought online due to covid and the entry time is fixed. The staff is helpful and the place is huge. So... Read More

Pranjali P. Jul-06-2020

4 Star Rating It was a fun little visit here. We were in the area and came for the Space Center and while we visited we thought we might as well check out the Museum of... Read More

Wilson L. Jan-22-2022

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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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This interesting video gives great overview of the interesting exhibits on diplay in the Museum of Vancouver

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