No Need to Enter the Museum to Enjoy

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by artslover on July 16, 2008

We wanted to go to the Museum of Anthropology but got there just before it closed. To avoid our problem, you should know it is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm. Admission for adults is $9 with cheaper rates, $5, on Tuesdays. You should also note the museum will be closed starting the fall of 2008 for renovations and expansion.

But if you cannot get into the museum, you can still enjoy a bit of northwest coast native art by walking around the museum. The grounds were designed by landscape architect Cornelia Oberlander, and feature indigenous plants and grasses amongst two outdoor Haida Houses and ten full-scale totem poles (one inside the larger of the two Haida Houses), two carved house-posts, and two contemporary Welcome Figures, one by Nuu-chah-nulth artist Joe David, and the other by Musqueam artist Susan Point.

As well, you can enjoy the design of the building itself by Canadian architect Arthur Erickson, who based his award-winning design on traditional northern Northwest Coast post and beam structures. The massive doors at the main entrance were carved in 1976 by four master Gitxsan artists, Walter Harris, Earl Muldoe, Art Sterritt, and Vernon Stephens.

And best of all, there are no time restrictions and it is free.
Museum of Anthropology at UBC
6393 North West Marine Drive
Vancouver, British Columbia, V6T 1Z2
(604) 822-5087

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