Located on the cliffs of Point Grey in Vancouver West, the Museum of Anthropology houses one of the world’s finest displays of Northwest Coast First Nations art, as well as fascinating artifacts from Africa and the Orient.
The museum entrance is flanked by panels that create the shape of a Bent-box, which the Salish believed contained the meaning of life.
Once inside, a ramp lined with impressive sculptures by renowned modern-day carvers leads to the Great Hall – see feast dishes and canoes of the Kwakwaka’wakw, Nisga’a, Gitksan, Haida, Coast Salish, and other Northwest Coast peoples.
Admire the world’s largest collection of works by internationally acclaimed Haida artist Bill Reid, including his famous cedar sculpture ‘The Raven and the First Men.’ Visit the award-winning Koerner Ceramics Gallery, displaying a collection of European ceramics unique to North America, as well as specially commissioned textiles and ceramics by Vancouver artists.
Explore the museum’s unique Visible Storage Galleries where more than 15,000 objects from around the world are accessible to the public. Arranged according to culture and use, the Visible Storage Galleries invite comparison and contrast of objects from around the world. Wander through the Masterpiece Gallery with its dramatic views and intricately carved works in silver, gold, argillite, bone and wood.
Stroll through the grounds of the museum where two Haida houses and ten poles capture the dramatic beauty of traditional Northwest Coast architecture and design.
Summer: Daily 10am-5pm; Tuesday 10am-9pm
Winter: Wednesday to Sunday 11am-5pm; Tuesday 11am-9pm
By Car: The museum is located at the University of British Columbia, 6393 Northwest Marine Drive, Vancouver. There is metered parking in front of the museum and a parkade across the street.
By Bus: From downtown take either the 4, 9, 17, 25, 41, 43, 44, 49, 99, 258, 480, N17 to “UBC,” or contact Translink. The UBC bus loop is located at the centre of campus and is a 7 minute walk from the museum.
Museum of Anthropology at UBC
University of British Columbia
6393 N.W. Marine Drive