Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver

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6393 NW Marine Drive (604) 822-5087

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    Museum of Anthropology at the UBC

    by deptlads Updated Dec 13, 2003

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    This was one of the highlights of our whole trip across Canada. Certainly one of the best museums that we have ever visited. And this despite it not having been on our (mental) list of things to see in Vancouver.

    An excellent museum in all respects: the architecture is stunning, inspiring, and very effective; The First Nations collection is fascinating, beautiful, and thought provoking; the layout is spacious, accessible, and aesthetically pleasing. Pride of place rightfully goes to the beautiful carved sculpture depicting Raven discovering the first men in a clam shell by Bill Reid, which has its own purpose-designed gallery in the centre of the buidling.

    It is well worth the small effort required to get out to this museum.

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    Start to understand the Native North Americans

    by londonbabe Written Jun 25, 2003

    The Museum of Anthropology might not be something which you'd normally go and see, but trust me on this one. If it's your first visit to the Pacific North West, the artefacts and information in this museum are a must. Go just to see the totem poles if you don't have much time, but if you can, check out the display cases of weapons, pottery and assortements :-) Oh, and they have some quite nice stuff in the shop, as well.
    The picture shows a wonderful modern wooden sculpture of the native myth of how mankind was discovered by a raven opening a clamshell ...

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    Sculpture as great as Miro !

    by LeDragon Written May 29, 2003

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    Creation !

    I visited the Museum of anthropology, within the UBC campus, largely because it was raining. I had many preconceived ideas about totems and native sculpture. how wrong I was ! I really discovered great art there ! Sadly, since I was not allowed flash use, many of my pictures were not good. Still I try to give you a glimpse here and in a travelogue.

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    by heywinks Written Feb 25, 2003

    This museum, located at the Univ of British Columbia, has collections from many different cultures in the world. Most of the exhibits pertain to North American Northwest Coast First Nations. On display are totem poles, canoes, feast dishes, masks & jewelry.
    Besides what is on display at the museum, you can access visually about 14,000 more items that the museum has acquired.
    This museum was particular interesting to me as I was an anthropology major in college. I was fascinated by all that I saw at the museum & wish there were more anthropology museums around the world like this one.

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    This is the Museum of...

    by RickL Written Aug 26, 2002

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    This is the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. If you're into learning about the history of my province this is a 'must see' along with the Vancouver Museum and Maritime museum:

    Vancouver Museum
    1100 Chestnut Street

    Vancouverr Maritime Museum
    1905 Ogden Avenue
    It has the largest collection of First Nations artifacts.

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    Visit the Museum of...

    by sjvessey Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Visit the Museum of Anthropology

    Much is made of native American artwork in this part of Canada, perhaps because it is quite unique, although the suspicion is that there's a certain amount of political correctness driven by guilt involved as well, with the result that contemporary native artists can charge an absolute fortune for their work. However, political comments aside, the Museum of Anthropology has some really interesting exhibits (not just native American, although that is the main focus), and you could easily spend an afternoon there on a rainy day. I only had two hours and wished I could have had more. If you're there at the right time, try to tag along with one of the free guided tours of the museum, which will provide some interesting history and background to what you're seeing. Tours are more common in the summer months - during autmumn there are only two a day, around 11am and 2pm (I think), and in the winter that goes down to only one a day. Call ahead to check tour times. The adult entrance fee is CDN $7 with an additional CDN $2 for a small guide book, and meter parking is available for those travelling by car, with discounts for children and students. Note that the museum is closed on Mondays. See my separate Anthropology travelogue for photos and commentary on some of the main exhibits on display

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    The Museum of Anthropology on...

    by chanzey Written Aug 24, 2002

    The Museum of Anthropology on the campus of UBC is really worth a bit of your time. Here you'll find totempoles and all kinds of artifacts by the First Nations of Canada. I had been waiting my whole trip to get there, and finally on the last day I had the chance. It was really worth the 7 bucks we had to pay. We didn't see the whole place, for example the vast masses of items from the whole world we just skipped (ah you know, it's my line of work in fact and this time I needed to see Canadian goodies). Outside there are reconstructions of totempoles and a Haida longhouse. In general you will find more copies than actual archaeological items or works of art. Of course this is due to the material (wood easily perishes).

    Mostly the images have been carried on from generation to generation, and I find this remarkable. And this is how things can be recreated for our pleasure and benefit. (You see I have an opinion about this which I chose to set out really briefly, lol. Don't get me started!)
    It was the best oversight of the artwork of the indigenous Canadians and the largest collection of items I saw. There is a lot to see and you will have to select, but at least you can compares different nations. One question left in my mind though was: what do these symbols, totems and emblems actually mean to the people that use them? There is no answer to that in any museum. One of the reasons being the meaning is only explained to a select group or number of people in the band or group.

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    Museum of Anthropology

    by katpanou Written Oct 1, 2004
    Tribal House in MUA

    Simple tribal art from First Nations People.

    A very interesting historical background to the new city of Vancouver

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    Museum of Anthropology

    by yooperprof Written Feb 21, 2003

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    Art of the First Peoples

    At Point Grey, near the University of British Columbia - a fascinating collection of artifacts from the "first peoples" of the Pacific Northwest. Well laid-out and informative exhibits.

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    Museum of Anthropology - this...

    by Georgie_B Written Aug 26, 2002

    Museum of Anthropology - this is has some wonderful carvings and artifacts. It is great to just wonder around for a couple of hours

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    Museum of Anthropology at the...

    by Vic5 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Museum of Anthropology at the University of B.C.
    The museum's collection of totem poles and thousands of other artefacts is fascinating.

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