Explore Vancouver's Best Museums: Rich in History, Culture, and Intrigue

Part of what makes visiting a museum so great is that no two are the same, so you know you're going to see new things and learn. Vancouver has an eclectic mix of museums and galleries - some are home to pieces that are unique to this city, while others house exhibits that come from around the globe. 

To see where it all started for British Columbia, there’s no better place to start than at the Museum of Anthropology. It's here you'll get a glimpse of how B.C. and the rest of Canada began. Large totem poles and beautifully crafted carvings from Canada's First Nations are under the same roof as artifacts from around. These pieces are truly awe-inspiring.

For those who prefer something a little more weird and wacky, check out the Vancouver Police Museum. In this museum you will find everything from police uniforms, confiscated weapons, 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!

If you're all about art, make your way to the Vancouver Art Gallery. This is the city's main art gallery and houses its own collection of The Group of Seven and rotating exhibits from artists all over the world.



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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...  Read More

Vancouver Art Gallery


The Vancouver Art Gallery-or The VAG, as locals call it-is the fifth largest art gallery in all of Canada. Located in the heart of the city's downtown core, this building is an iconic landmark amongst the cityscape. The VAG has rotating...  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 the 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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