Museum of Anthropology at UBC, Vancouver BCIn January 2010, the Museum of Anthropology opened its doors to the public after undergoing a 55 million dollar renewal project.

A truly immersive experience, visitors are welcomed to view multiple exhibit spaces, and observe anthropologists busily at work in some of the museums' labs.

The digital catalogue system is accessible to the public on touch screen computers throughout the museum to explore artefact collections.

This world renowned museum has strived to build a collaborative relationship with Northwest Coast native people.

The museum staff continuously consult with First Nations groups, to best showcase their history and present-day art and culture.


Museum Must-Sees:

     > Great Hall: It's hard to miss this grandiose space, where there are a variety of Northwest coast native totem poles, carved figures and house posts.

     > Multiversity Galleries: These galleries feature a plethora of artefacts in glass cases and drawers for visitors to explore. There are more than 16,000 objects on display, ranging from Northwest coast native masks to Chinese Opera costumes.

     > Bill Reid Rotunda: Sit in the oval seating area and take in the spectacular Haida sculpture, the Raven and the First Men, designed by renowned artist Bill Reid.

     > Outdoor Exhibits: Go outside to explore the Haida house complex and totem poles carved by well-known Northwest coast native artists.


Current Temporary Exhibits

Projections: The Paintings of Henry Speck, Udzi'stalis
Satellite Gallery, 560 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC. 
From July 14 to September 15, 2012.
Opening Reception: Friday, July 13, 6:00 pm.

Kwakwaka'wakw artist Henry Speck, or Udzi'stalis (1908 - 1971), became renowned in 1964 when his paintings of masked dancers, coastal creatures, and sea monsters were shown at Vancouver's New Design Gallery. Chief Speck was a community leader, teacher, and cultural practitioner. Experience his paintings through originals and large-scale projections, sound, and film.

Visions of Enlightenment - Buddhist Art at MOA
The O'Brian Gallery, MOA
May 10-Oct 08, 2012, Opening reception May 10, 7 pm; everyone welcome.

Symbols and sacred images were created to represent the Buddha and illuminate his teachings as Buddhism spread across Asia. They offer a window into Buddhist philosophy, aesthetics and values, combining beauty and meaning.The exhibit will show examples of Buddhist art from the main Buddhist traditions: the Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana. In Vancouver, the latter traditions are well represented in the established Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Tibetan communities. 

Kesu' - The Art and Life of Doug Cranmer
The Audain Gallery, MOA
March 17-September 3, 2012, Opening reception, Friday, March 16, 7 pm (free; everyone welcome).

Doug Cranmer (1927-2006) was a leading practitioner in Northwest Coast Kwakwaka'wakw art. His style was elegant and fresh, and his work quickly found an international following in the 1960s. The exhibit shows a wide range of Doug's artistic works in two and three dimensions in wood and paint, from totem poles, a canoe, masks, bentwood boxes, bowls, and prints, to his important "Abstract series" of paintings on mahogany plywood.


MOA Hours and Rates:

Through May 20, 2012:
Mondays closed 
Tuesdays 10am-9pm
Wednesdays-Sundays 10am-5pm
Closed Dec 25&26

May 21 through October 8th, 2012:
Daily 10am-5pm
Tuesdays 10am-9pm

Adults $16.75; Students & Seniors (65+) $14.50; Family (2 adults & up to 4 children) $44.75; Tuesday evenings 5-9pm flat rate $9 (groups included); Children 6 and under free; Museum members free, UBC students, faculty, and staff free with UBC ID.

Groups of 10 or more (must be booked in advance): Adults $14.50, Students & Seniors (65+) $12.25, Children 6 and under are free.

Guided Tours (must be booked in advance): Rate per guide is $72.80 during open hours and $89.60 during closed hours (25 max. per guide). 


Directions and Map: The Museum of Anthropology is located at the University of British Columbia.


By Car: The museum is a 25 minute drive from downtown Vancouver.
Drive westbound along either 4th Avenue, 10th Avenue, 16th Avenue, or 41st Avenue onto Southwest Marine Drive. 


By Public Transport: If you are coming from downtown Vancouver, buses #4, #9, #17, #25, #41, #43, #44, #49, #99 B-Line, #258 and #480 will all take you to UBC and run Monday to Friday. *Please note that on Saturdays and Sundays, you must catch #2 or #22 from downtown Vancouver and transfer to #84 or #4 UBC at Macdonald and 4th Avenue.



Museum of Anthropology - 6393 N.W. Marine Drive - Vancouver BC


Tips: Make a day of it and purchase the UBC Attractions Passport. This passport gives you free admission to the Museum of Anthropology, Botanical Garden and Nitobe Garden at UBC campus.


Official website: Museum of Anthropology at UBC