The recently revamped MOV offers several permanent exhibitions, as well as the Vancouver History Collection, which contains an array of items from clothing to toys to souvenirs; the Vancouver Archeology Collection, which boasts materials from area digs; and the Pacific Northwest First Nations Collections, containing items collected from as early as the 1890s. The MOV also has exhibits from other countries, such as Japanese swordsguards, Asian ceramics and a collection from Oceania. Not to be missed are the museum’s educational and fun activities for kids and families, for example, Night of the Mummy, involving an overnight stay and a mummy mystery.
Address: 1100 Chestnut St., Vancouver, British Columbia V6J 3J9
The Vancouver Art Gallery houses over 9,000 works of art and grows by hundreds more each year. Established in 1931, the collection is mainly comprised of art created in the region, but also displays the work of other Canadian and international artists. The gallery boasts the largest collection of Emily Carr paintings and works on paper. The permanent collection is particularly strong in contemporary and photo-based work. Special exhibitions are featured, and the gallery hosts numerous special events, as well as family programs and hands-on workshops for kids! Vancouver Art Gallery offers a café, store, library and tours.
Address: 750 Hornby St., Vancouver, British Columbia V6Z 2H7