The University of British Columbia's (UBC) Museum of Anthropology (MOA) is a must-visit destination for those interested in human culture, especially if you want to learn about the indigenous peoples of Canada and the world. Located on the traditional lands of the Muequeam people, the MOA has been at the forefront of bringing Musqueam and other indigenous art to a wider audience. Originally established as a department within the Faculty of Arts at UBC in 1949 a major expansion and renovation in 2010 increased the size of the museum by 50 percent. Have a look around in the video below!
MOA's diverse exhibitions link together art, community, and the contemporary social and political concerns that surround traditional cultures. It hosts more than 50,000 works from all over the world, and is particularly well known for its Canadian Northwest Coast collections, including notable works of Bill Reid. Half of the MOA's collection is composed of works from Asia and Oceania, with the Arctic, Latin America, and Europe represented as well.
The museum is open daily from 10 AM to 5 PM, but it is closed on Mondays from October 15 to May 15. The Museum Cafe is open daily from 10 AM to 4:30 PM. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for Seniors and Students and $47 for a family (maximum of 2 adults, 4 children). Children 6 and under, indigenous peoples, MOA members, and UBC students, staff and faculty can all attend for free. On Thursday evenings, there is a discounted rate of $10 from 5 - 9 PM. To purchase tickets, get directions to the museum, or book a tour, tap the link below.
Cover photo courtesy of the Vancouver Museum of Anthropology at UBC.