The Best Museums and Galleries in Vancouver
Collected by Nikki Bayley , AFAR Local Expert
For such a young city (Vancouver was founded in 1886), Vancouver packs a punch when it comes to culture, with excellent museums, art galleries, and cultural events. From world-renowned First Nations art to Shakespeare on the beach, fans of cultural pursuits will find plenty to keep them busy once they visit.
6393 NW Marine Dr, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2, Canada
Part of the University of British Columbia, this museum houses one of the finest collections of Northwest Coast Aboriginal art, including bentwood boxes, feast dishes, totem poles, and canoes from the Haida and Coast Salish people. Some of these...
750 Hornby St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H7, Canada
Western Canada’s largest public art museum weighs in at almost 12,000 works. The collection here is strong on Emily Carr, a modernist compatriot of the Group of Seven (Canadian landscape painters from the 1920s who were deeply...
845 Avison Way, Vancouver, BC V6G 3E2, Canada
Presiding over Stanley Park, Canada’s largest aquarium houses more than 50,000 creatures, from penguins to sea otters to three-toed sloths. Don’t miss the star turns from the rescued Steller sea lions Izzy and Rogue, who swoop...
1100 Chestnut St, Vancouver, BC V6J 3J9, Canada
A good place to get a lay of the land before you head out and start exploring the city is at the Museum of Vancouver, in Vanier Park. The museum changed its name in 2009 from Vancouver Museum to Museum of Vancouver to emphasize a shift in its...
Vancouver Campus, 2212 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4, Canada
The first of its kind in this country, this family-friendly museum focuses on the evolution of biodiversity and why it’s worth conserving. Opened in 2010, it showcases more than two million natural history specimens, from fossils, shells,...
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Science World is pretty exciting before you even get inside, thanks to being housed in a super-cool shiny geodesic dome –which changes colours at night and reflects across the water– creating instantly Instagram-able photos. Inside are two stories...
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