Vancouver's Museums: Learn about Times Gone By

Visiting a museum is always a unique experience and can offer great insight into the history and culture of the place you're visiting. Vancouver has an eclectic mix of museums–some are home to pieces that are unique to this city, while others house exhibits that are similar to museums around the globe. You'll find museums that feature everything from indigenous artifacts to fine art and so much in between.  

There’s no better place to start than at the Museum of Anthropology, here you'll get a glimpse of how this country began. Large totem poles, beautifully crafted carvings and artifacts from around the globe are just some of the breathtaking pieces you will see there.

The Museum of Vancouver is a nice transition to learn more about Vancouver and its influences over the years. Plus, the HR MacMillan Space Center is also in the same building.

For those that are into something a little more weird and wacky, check out the Vancouver Police Museum and explore the city’s dark side. In this museum you will find everything from police uniforms, confiscated weapons and paraphernalia and a display of evidence from crime scenes in Vancouver. Located in the city's old morgue, the creep factor is upped when you step into the autopsy room. Not for the faint of heart!



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Vancouver Museum

This Vancouver museum includes a life-size replica of a trading post, a 19th-century Canadian Pacific Railway passenger car, and an authentic dugout canoe in its many exhibits that document the history and evolution of Vancouver. The Orientation...  Read More

Vancouver Maritime Museum
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In 1944, the RCMP St Roch was in its prime and has since become a famous vessel in Canada. Its last sail found itself mooring in Vancouver, where it is now permanently on display at the Vancouver Maritime Museum. Step on board and look at the...  Read More

At the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, learn how biodiversity evolved, why it matters to us and how we can conserve it. The museum hosts several exhibitions throughout the year and guests are treated to beautiful displays that fascinate and educate....  Read More

Science World at Telus World of Science
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Go with the kids or your grandma, Science World, also knows as TELUS World of Science, is bound to excite all ages with the cool, interactive and educational exhibits. Science World keeps things fresh and interesting by hosting rotating exhibits...  Read More

Vancouver Art Gallery

The Vancouver Art Gallery is the fifth largest art gallery in all of Canada. The VAG has rotating exhibitions, along with its permanent collection that boasts over 9,100 items. Art junkies will be impressed by the 200 major works by the Group of...  Read More

Vancouver Police Museum

Dive into the underbelly of Vancouver's crime history at the Vancouver Police Museum, Canada's only museum of its kind. While at the museum you can learn about previous policing methods and check out the equipment and vehicles they used to use....  Read More

Museum of Anthropology

In 1976, the famed museum was completed and open to University of British Columbia's students, and the general public. The inspiration behind Arthur Erickson's MOA, as locals call it, was architecture of Northwest Coast First Nations people,...  Read More


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