Museums in Vancouver

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Pacific Mineral Museum .

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Housed in a historic bank building, this gem of a museum is filled with treasures such as geodes, meteorites and 73 million-year-old dinosaur fossils. A vault rigged with fibre optics holds a king's ransom of diamonds, platinum, gold and other precious minerals. $4, s/s $3, groups rates available. Open Tue.-Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tel: 689-8700 Address: 848 W. Hastings.

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B.C. Golf Museum and Library .

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A collection of golf memorabilia and artifacts. Free admission. Open Tue.-Sun. 12-4 p.m. Close to UBC. Tel: 222-4653 Address: 2545 Blanca St. Transit Info: Transit: all UBC buses.

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Museum of Anthropology at UBC

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UBC Museum of Anthropology
UBC Museum of Anthropology
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  Museum of Anthropology

 

MOA, Canada’s contemporary museum of world arts and cultures, is a place of extraordinary architectural beauty, provocative programming, and exciting exhibitions. From towering totem poles in our spectacular Great Hall, to the iconic “The Raven and the First Men” sculpture in the Bill Reid Rotunda, to more than 10,000 objects from around the world housed in our new Multiversity Galleries, and cutting-edge temporary exhibitions on display in The Audain Gallery, MOA offers endless opportunities more..

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tel:604.822.5087
openingHours:Summer: Wed-Sun 10-5; Tuesdays 10-9; Winter: Wed-Sun 11-5, Tuesdays 11-9
url:moa.ubc.ca
address:393 N.W. Marine Drive, Vancouver, B.C

Vancouver Maritime Museum .

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Major exhibits thrill all ages with exciting tales of the sea. The Children’s Maritime Discovery Centre explores the maritime world with hands-on activities. Life on the historic ex-RCMP schooner St. Roch, first ship to transit the treacherous Northwest Passage in both directions, is examined through a video and self-guided tour. Continuing Man the Oars, Map the Coast Pays tribute to the voyages of Capt. George Vancouver as he charted the Pacific coastline over 200 years ago. Warships Named Vancouver: Saga of the Sudburys The story of B.C.'s great salvage tugs. Fireboats! more..

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Grocery Hall of Fame .

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Step back in time to the days when shirts cost 98 cents and soda pops were kept in oak iceboxes. A homage to the general store, this quaint museum is filled with old advertizing posters, vintage tin cans and unopened packages from the turn of the 20th century. Free admission. Open Saturdays only, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tel: 278-0665 Address: 6620 No. 6 Rd., Richmond.

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Chinese Cultural Centre-Library & Museum Complex .

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Open Tues.-Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $5, s/s $3. Tel: 687-0282 Address: 555 Columbia St.

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Exotic World .

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Set in a lime-green house on Main Street, this quirky little museum is crammed with photographs and oddities from Harold and Barbara Morgan's three-plus decades of world travel. Admission $1. Open Sat.-Sun. only, 1-4.30 p.m. No phone calls please. Address: 3561 Main St.

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Granville Island Museums .

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In this labyrinthian facility, the Sport Fishing, Model Ships and Model Trains Museums are all rolled into one. Highlights are an 80-foot-long train lay-out depicting B.C.'s Interior, model ships made by B.C. craftspeople and the world's largest, publicly-displayed collection of Hardy Brothers fishing reels. $6, s/s $4.50, children 4-12 $3, under 4, free. Open daily, 10 a.m.-5.30 p.m. Tel: 683-1939 Address: 1502 Duranleau St., Granville Island.

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Vancouver Museum .

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The city comes to life at the Orientation Gallery, which highlights Vancouver’s history, heritage and scenery. A multilayered Timeline Wall locates Vancouver in time using artifacts from the Museum’s collection. To Jan. 5 Through My Eyes: Northwest Coast Artifacts through the Eyes of Contemporary First Nations People takes you inside carved boxes, underneath baskets and behind masks to discover the artistry, history and significance of First Nations artifacts. From mid-Apr. Backyard BiodiverCity Explores the relationship between nature and urban space. To Apr. 16 City Lights: more..

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Vancouver Police Centennial Museum .

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A history of policing in Vancouver; weapons, crime case histories and a variety of police-oriented displays and hands-on exhibits. Open Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $5, seniors and students $3. Group tours available upon request. Tel: 665-3346 Address: 240 E. Cordova St. Transit Info: Transit: 3 Main bus to Cordova.

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