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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 designed by renowned architect Arthur Erickson that overlooks the mountains and ocean.

Just 20 minutes from downtown Vancouver, you’ll admire magnificent carvings, weavings and contemporary artworks, as well as the world’s largest collection of works by acclaimed Haida artist Bill Reid. Explore the Multiversity Galleries where more than 9,000 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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Discover the hidden stories of Cantonese Opera in Vancouver through a trail of shimmering costumes, feathered headdresses and magical talismans at MOA on February 28. Art historian April Liu will share the behind-the-scenes stories of Cantonese Opera at the book launch of MOA’s latest publication, Divine Threads: The Visual and Material Culture of Cantonese Opera showcasing Cantonese opera treasures held in MOA's permanent collection. . This style of opera cape was worn by both male and female characters, of the “fa daan” and “gentleman” “saang” role types. The character represented would be of high status, a wealthy woman or, in the case of a man, a minister or premier. . . . Cantonese opera peacock cape. [MOA Collections N1.627.] C. 1910. Silk, dye, metallic threads, brass, glass. 78 x 122 cm. . . . 📸: Kyla Bailey. . . . #ubc #museum #visitmoa #moa #university #bc #explorebc #museumofanthropology #britishcolumbia #exhibition #curatorial #moaubc #cantoneseopera #arthistory #costumes #costumedesign #opera
In MOA’s Gallery of Northwest Coast Masterworks, visitors can see this beautiful gwiis halayt, made of mountain-goat wool. It was part of the regalia of the Nisga’a chief Txaalaxhatkw (Frank Bolton), of the Eagle Clan of Gitlaxt'aamiks. Contemporary Indigenous weavers have come to study this robe and to learn from it. . As the Tsimshian weaver William White says in the exhibition, "the Tsimshian call these weavings gwiis halayt, which means 'the spirit wraps around you'. When you turn and the fringe lifts up and dances with the movement from the weight, it's catching all the energy around it. It's grabbing your good energy and spreading it. You become one with everybody witnessing you wearing that piece." . . . gwiis halayt (Chilkat Robe) [MOA Collections A7079.] C. 1850-1880. Nisga'a artist. Mountain goat wool fiber. . . . 📸: Kyla Bailey. . . . #ubc #museum #visitmoa #moa #university #bc #explorebc #museumofanthropology #britishcolumbia #exhibition #curatorial #moaubc
Happy snow day, folks! MOA is closed today, February 12, due to the snow but if you live on campus and are looking for a fun outing, wander through the winter wonderland of UBC and explore our outdoor exhibitions. . The grounds behind the museum feature a Haida House and Mortuary House constructed by Haida artist Bill Reid and ‘Namgis artist Doug Cranmer and modeled on a 19th century Haida village. You will also find memorial and mortuary poles dating from 1951 to the present carved by Jim Hart (Haida), Chief Walter Harris (Gitxsan) and Mungo Martin (Kwakwaka’wakw). . . . . 📷: @kristifuoco . . . . #visitmoa #ubc #museum #exhibition #snow #snowday #winter #university #northwestcoast #billreid #museumofanthropology #moa #moaubc #mungomartin
Kids will once again be filling the UBC campus over the Family Day weekend for Kids Take Over UBC on Sunday, February 17. MOA will be hosting activities from 12 pm - 5pm including a special behind-the-scenes, hands-on conservation lab, where kids can learn first-hand some of the activities related to museum conservation. (link in bio) . . . 📷: Mauray Touloff . . . . #visitmoa #UBC #kidstakeoverubc #familydayweekend #familyday #museum #museumconservation #collections #kids #familyevents #moa #museumofanthropology #museumkids #conservation #education #museumeducation


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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