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The reflecting pool in front of the museum © RrParker

Founded in 1947, the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia is internationally renowned for its collections from around the World. Although primarily an ethnographic museum there are also over five hundred thousand archaeological artefacts in the collection, many of which are from the northwest coast of Canada. State-of-the-art displays ensure the museum is a popular visitor attraction in Vancouver, but the extensive anthropological collections make this an important research and teaching institution. The museum is set in a sensitively landscaped garden, that contains many indigenous plants as well as certain external exhibits, including two Haida houses and outdoor poles.

Permanent displays at the Museum of Anthropology focus on the arts and cultures of the First Nations peoples of the Pacific Northwest. Perhaps the most iconic artefacts in the museum is a sculpture made from yellow cedar by Bill Reid entitled ‘The Raven and the First Men’, which is depicted on Canada’s twenty-dollar note. The museum also hosts temporary exhibitions of relevant ethnographic and contemporary subjects from around the World.

Exhibits: World cultures: the Americas, south Pacific, Africa, Asia, Europe

Facilities at the Museum of Anthropology:
entry-fee-dollar open-year-round opening-hours events family-children-activities wheelchair-accessible onsite-restaurant refreshments onsite-shop photographs-allowed parking

Where is the Museum of Anthropology?
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The Museum of Anthropology is situated on the campus of the University of British Columbia, 20 minutes or so from down town Vancouver.
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