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Museum of Anthropology at UBC
A place of world arts & cultures

 Explore traditional and contemporary art from Northwest Coast First Nations and other cultures across the world at the Museum of Anthropology. MOA features provocative exhibitions and engaging events, all within an iconic building by renowned architect Arthur Erickson that overlooks the mountains and ocean.

Just 20 minutes from downtown Vancouver, you’ll see remarkable carvings, weavings and contemporary artworks inside the soaring glass and concrete structure of the Great Hall.  Admire the world’s largest collection of works by acclaimed Haida artist Bill Reid and explore the Multiversity Galleries where more than 16,000 objects from around the world are displayed.

Stroll the Museum Grounds, where monumental totem poles, Haida houses and Musqueam house posts capture the dramatic beauty of traditional Northwest Coast architecture and design, or take a free guided tour and learn about the many cultures that call this spectacular region home.

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Last Sunday, we had the honour of bringing Musqueam and Maya cultures and traditions together into one special day celebrating Indigenous knowledge of the land and sea. Beginning with a tour of the Maya in Exile Garden at the UBC Farm, participants were able to learn from Maya and Musqueam knowledge holders about the importance of Indigenous agriculture traditions and hear from MOA's curators about how our two current exhibitions explore these themes through material culture. . . . . 📸: Lori Weidenhammer . . . #visitMOA #UBC #museum #exhibition #agriculture #farm #garden #northwestcoast
We hope you enjoyed our takeover of MOA’s Instagram today! Thanks for following our stories. 😊 Join us on one of our daily tours of Culture at the Centre for a new perspective on the exhibition! . . . . . #visitMOA #ubc #nyp #takeover #museum #nativeyouth #exhibition
To celebrate International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, we invited members of MOA's Native Youth Program to take over the MOA Instagram. The Native Youth Program is an annual summer employment opportunity for urban Indigenous youth currently enrolled in secondary school. The aim of the program is to produce young Indigneous leaders, provide meaningful direction and mentoring and promote the diversity and richness of Indigenous cultures within the UBC community and beyond. . . . HELLO!! I’m Chandelle and I'm part of the Native Youth Program (NYP). Here’s a little about me: I’m from Musqueam, I’m 17 years old, and I'm going into grade 12 at Point Grey Secondary. At MOA where we are developing tours for the exhibition Culture at the Centre, I talk about Kalga Jaad under the theme of land and language. I wanted to share with you a drawing that I did of a spindle whorl on display in the same exhibit. I wanted to draw it because the design was so interesting to me and the meaning behind it is unity and working together. It inspires the Native Youth Program because of how much hard work there has to be in cultural centres. Fun fact: the Squamish and Lil’wat nations came together so they could have a culture centre. 😊 Hope you like it. @official_channypoo . . . . . #visitMOA #ubc #takeover #nyp #nativeyouth #exhibition #museum
Fabiana Morales is a member of the Maya in Exile Garden at @ubcfarm —an initiative started by a group of refugee Maya families who arrived in Vancouver in 1985. Born out of the desire to continue cultural practices and keep millennia-old knowledge alive for future generations, the garden teaches the wider community about organic Indigenous gardening and Maya cultural identity. The politics of cultivating unceded land leads us to ask the question: what are the living-day and ancestral links between Maya and Musqueam peoples? On August 12, we are exicted to partner with representatives from the Maya in Exile Garden and the Musqueam First Nation to host an intercultural celebration of Indigenous knowledge of the land and sea. Join us for a full day experience that includes an in-depth tour of the Maya in Exile Garden, a special meal that mixes the culinary traditions of the Maya and Musqueam people, and more! Reserve your spot for Where the Musqueam and Maya Meet. Link in bio! . . . . . 📸: Caroline Pendleton . . . #visitMOA #UBC #museum #UBCfarm #garden #lunch #cultural #maize


Located on the campus of the University of British Columbia, 20 minutes from downtown Vancouver.

By car from downtown, take 4th, 10th or 16th Avenue west to UBC.

From the airport, take SW Marine Drive or 41st Avenue to UBC.

For directions by public transit, contact Translink at 604-953-3333 or

Parking is available in front of the museum and across the street from MOA at the Rose Garden Parkade.

Hours and Dates of Operation

Daily: 10 am – 5 pm
Thursday: 10 am – 9 pm
Closed:  Monday from October 15 – May 15
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Phone: 604.822.5087
6393 NW Marine Drive, Vancouver, BC  V6T 1Z2

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