Museum of Anthropology at UBC

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Key Info

6393 NW Marine Dr.

Price & Hours

CA$18 (about $14) for adults; free for children 6 and younger
Hours vary seasonally, see website for details


Museums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
  • 4.0Value
  • 3.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

While the city itself hasn't celebrated a large amount of birthdays, the area on which Vancouver was founded possesses a rich, cultural past. The Museum of Anthropology (part of the University of British Columbia) houses one of the world's most impressive collections of art and artifacts from the Northwest Coast First Nations. In the Great Hall alone, you'll spot ornately decorated canoes, ritual masks, totem poles and other Native American relics. Other areas of the museum display 15th-century European pottery, priceless jewelry and local art. You can embark on your own self-guided walk-through of the museum, but recent travelers highly suggest following one of the docents. Tours are offered an average of three times per day; consult the MOA website for exact times. Recent visitors said the collection is amazing, though might not interest younger children.

Located on the western edge of Point Grey, the Museum of Anthropology is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; on Thursday the museum stays open until 9 p.m. From mid-October to mid-May, the museum is closed on Mondays. Admission for adults costs CA$18 (about $14); children ages 6 and younger get in for free. You can save on ticket prices by visiting on Thursday evenings from 5 to 9 p.m. when admission is just CA$10 (about $7.70). If you drive here, you'll have to pay an extra CA$3.50 (about $2.70) per hour for parking. If you prefer to take public transit, you'll have to walk from the UBC bus loop stop to the museum (a distance of a little less than a mile). A cafe and shop are also located on-site. For more details, consult the MOA's website.

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