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Address: 6393 Northwest
Marine Drive, Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6T 1Z2
Group Tours: (604) 822 4643
(604) 822 3825
(604) 822 5087
Summer: Daily 10-17; Tuesday 10-21
Winter: Wednesday-Sunday 11-17; Tuesday 11-21; Closed
Museum of Anthropology is located on the cliffs of Point
Grey and houses one of the world's finest displays of
Northwest Coast First Nations Art in spectacular building,
overlooking mountains and sea.
See poles, feast dishes and canoes of Kwakwaka'wakw,
Nisga'a, Gitxsan, Haida, Coast Salish and other Northwest
Coast peoples inside the soaring glass and concrete
structure of the museum's Great Hall.
Admire the world's largest collection of works by
internationally acclaimed Haida artist Bill Reid,
including his famous cedar sculpture "Raven and First
Visit the award-winning Koerner Ceramics Gallery,
displaying 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 15000 objects from around the world are
accessible to the public. Arranged according to culture
and use, Visible Storage Galleries invite comparison and
contrast of objects from around the world.
Temporary galleries feature world-class exhibitions of new
media, prints, sculpture and carving by contemporary
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.
One can enjoy wide range of special exhibitions, public
and educational programs and also the Museum Shop.
MOA was founded in 1949. Today, it is Canada's largest
teaching museum and one of its most popular public
museums. The award-winning building, which opened in 1976,
was designed by Canadian architect Arthur Erickson, to
reflect the post-and-beam structures of Northwest Coast
MOA's collections include both archeological material and
ethnographic objects from around the world. Through
exhibitions, public programs and education, MOA encourages
use of the collections to foster understanding of and
respect for First Nations and other cultures represented
MOA is best known for its collections from aboriginal
people of coastal British Columbia. These first people
have maintained a complex social and ceremonial life, as
well as vibrant artistic traditions continually relevant
to their own people and increasingly recognized and
appreciated by galleries, collectors and visitors from
around the world.
In 2003, about 169,000 First Nations People live in BC
province, some in urban areas, others in Reserve
communities, situated within ancestral territories. The
creation of Indian Reserves by presiding government was,
and continues to be, a very controversial issue. First
Nations' control over resources and traditional lands is
currently the focus of legal and other debates across
Names in First People's languages are changing to reflect
their own preferred usage. Newer museum signage includes
earlier usage in brackets.
Museum Shop features jewelry, prints and carvings, made by
Northwest Coast artists, as well as books on art, culture,
history and First Nations. All revenues from the Shop are
used to support MOA collections and programs.
Different parts of Museum:
A) Front Doors
The K'san Doors were made from red cedar in 1976, by 4
Gitxsan master carvers: Walter Harris, Earl Muldoe, Vernon
Stephens and Art Sterritt. When closed, the doors from the
shape of a Northwest Coast bent-box.
B) Museum Lobby
Used for receptions, small exhibits and events, the Lobby
also contains 5 Haida pole fragments and 2 Kwakwaka'wakw
interior house posts.
As you walk down the Ramp, you'll see carvings by
Northwest Coast artists. At the top of the Ramp, on either
side, are objects from Coast Salish region (Vancouver
area), including pieces from Musqueam, on whose ancestral
land the Museum is built. Further down and to the right
are Kwakwaka'wakw house posts and other carvings; to the
left are Haida pole fragments.
D) Crossroads & Information Desk
At the base of the Ramp is Information Desk, staffed by
Volunteers. Behind the Desk is detailed map of BC's First
Nations, as well as several Source Books, containing
information about objects and issues of relevance of the
Museum and First Nations.
E) Great Hall
This spectacular space created by 15 meter high walls of
glass and ever-changing natural light is frequently the
site of concerts, drama and dance, as well as lectures and
other events. Here is found totem poles, house posts and
carved figures (most from the mid-19th century) from
several Northwest Coast Nations.
F) Outdoor Sculptures
Through the window of the Great Hall, two Haida Houses are
visible, as well as several outdoor poles. For a closer
look, re-trace steps to the main entrance and turn right.
Then follow the path to the Haida Houses. On the way to
the back, look for 2 carved house-posts flanking the path.
These were made by Musqueam artist Susan Point and
installed in March 1997.
G) GAlleries 3, 5, 8, 10
These arte temporary exhibit spaces.
It is used as temporary exhibit space, as well as for
lectures and performances.
I) Visible Storage
This gallery brings more than 14,000 objects to public
view. In most museums, such objects are stored
behind-the-scenes, but here at MOA, You can browse through
the collections at your leisure. Objects are arranged
according to cultural origin and use. Nearby data books
provide information on specific objects.
Bill Reid's best-known sculpture, "The Raven and the
First Men", is displayed here alongside 4 cases,
containg some of his other works in gold, silver,
argillite and wood.
K) Koener Ceramics Gallery
It houses a unique 600-piece collection of 15th to 19th
century European ceramics.