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Museum of Anthropology

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Address: 6393 North West Marine Dr. | (Near UBC), Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z2, Canada
Phone Number: +1 604-822-5087
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10:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Wed 10:00 - 17:00
Thu 10:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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The Museum of Anthropology, on the campus of the University of British...

The Museum of Anthropology, on the campus of the University of British Columbia, is an incredible collection of artifacts and art from around the world.

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A showcase of First Nations culture

This museum is a gem. It is one of the most comprehensive collections of Northwest Coast Indigenous art and culture imaginable.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Chilliwack, Canada
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Chilliwack, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This museum is a gem. It is one of the most comprehensive collections of Northwest Coast Indigenous art and culture imaginable.

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Port Townsend, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

You will never forget the feeling of entering the Great Hall. The sense of history and humanity is overwhelming. The exhibits here are amazing and fascinating. Be sure to see the outside exhibits, too. The grounds are gorgeous. There is a cafe in the museum but the Museum is at the University of British Columbia and there is a student... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We have visited this museum twice and still have very much to explore. The impressive displays are very accessible and well described.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is one of the finest museums I've seen. The display and collection of native art from the Pacific Northwest is thrilling and has inspired me to learn more about it. The central hall with totem poles took my breath away.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Beautiful spot, good exhibits yet different from most museums. Liked the Papua new Guinean exhibit. But great First Nation exhibit, west coast art, and review of pacific cultures and art.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Since we moved from uk to Canada, I thought this museum would be a great into to aboriginal art for my 3 kids. Complete disappointment as children were so bored. There were no children activities to engage them and security guards kept coming up to us to make us feel unwelcome. The female guard was threatening my children that she... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum is far from the more central parts of the city, and on bus you could easily take an hour to get to the terminus, plus a good walk on to the museum through the beautiful (at least in summer) University of British Columbia campus. Actually, this walk in itself was very nice. Once in the museum, you are... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Maybe it was because I wasn't really interested in the topic, but I didn't like it. I found some areas a bit chaotic (a lot of objects in small spaces), though the great hall is cool (for the structure too).

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It is really difficult to get to this museum. There is a lengthy bus journey but even on arrival it is not well signposted. The exhibits however make it worthwhile. There are many First Nation items but they are not particularly well described on the stands and a guided tour is essential. There did not appear to be any individual... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Everyone who visits Vancouver should search this place out. It's amazing and can't wait to go back! It's full of native Indian wood carvings large scale plus many other treasures from around the world. Take a bus from the city to UBC it's only a short walk.

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University Land Endowments
An area as rich in history as it is in natural beauty, the expansive parkland of the University Land Endowments is protected by the city in cooperation with the University of British Columbia. A large green space studded by rose gardens, Japanese rock gardens, botanic gardens, canopy walks, regional parkland, and hiking trails, the University Land Endowments are a breath of fresh air. Combining a commitment to preserving nature with a similar promise to preserve culture, its valleys are also home to the First Nations heritage museum, the biodiversity museum, and anthropological and memorial exhibitions. From its highest canopies to the sandy shorelines of Wreck Beach, its serenity is preserved by the University buildings that dot it, combining Mother Nature and scholarship.
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