Museum of Anthropology

This museum is on the University of Bristih Columbia’s campus – outer side not within. It really is an interesting museum. Almost got lost in it. There was so much put in the collections and exhibitions. The cafe is small and has a nice feel. You are definitely getting your money’s worth. You almost don’t see it because it is surrounded by trees of the forest. It is really nicely built. It does a place of lockers for you to put your items in while you are looking around. There is so many things to have a look at and is an amazing place to spend a while at.

Below is their about section where you can learn more about them.

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Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia

6393 NW Marine Drive
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z2

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Phone • 604.822.5087


Museum & Shop

Monday 10 am – 5 pm

Tuesday 10 am – 5 pm

Wednesday 10 am – 5 pm

Thursday 10 am – 9 pm

Friday 10 am – 5 pm

Saturday 10 am – 5 pm

Sunday 10 am – 5 pm

Closed Mondays October 15 to May 15


Daily 10 am – 430 pm


Buy Tickets Online 
(Via Vancouver Attractions)

$18 Adult

$16 Senior (65+)

$16 Student

$47 Family (2 adults, 4 children)

$10 Thursday evening (5 – 9 pm)

Free Children under 6

Free UBC students & staff

Free Indigenous peoples

Free MOA Members

Group $16 Adult

$13 Student & senior
Call 604.822.3825 to book

About MOA

MOA is committed to promoting awareness and understanding of culturally diverse ways of knowing the world through challenging and innovative programs and partnerships with Indigenous, local and global communities.

The Museum of Anthropology was established in 1949 as a department within the Faculty of Arts at the University of British Columbia. In 1976, it moved to its current home, an award-winning concrete and glass structure designed by Canadian architect Arthur Erickson with the grounds landscaped by Cornelia Oberlander. The building houses the Museum as well as the Laboratory of Archaeology, its laboratories and storage facilities. To widen its role as a public and research institution, MOA completed a major expansion and renovation in 2010. This initiative increased MOA’s size by 50 per cent, enhancing its public spaces and its research infrastructure adding laboratories, collections storage, research rooms and the Library and Archives featuring an oral history language laboratory. In 2017, MOA opened a new Gallery of Northwest Coast Masterworks and is currently working on expanding its facilities for programming and performances.

Since its inception, MOA has been at the forefront of bringing Indigenous art into the mainstream by collecting and curating traditional and contemporary Indigenous art in a way that respects the artists and the cultures from which this work comes. MOA resides on the traditional and unceded territory of the Musqueam people and works by Musqueam artists welcome visitors to the site.

MOA’s exhibitions and programs emphasize artistic diversity and the links between art, community and the contemporary social and political context in which youth, artists and communities are communicating their cultural traditions. MOA hosts three or four temporary exhibitions a year, as well as a wide range of public programs and events. Each summer, MOA hosts the Native Youth Program, the longest running training program for Indigenous high school students in British Columbia. Other signature programs include Night Shift, a monthly cabaret series featuring local performers.

MOA is also one of Canada’s largest teaching museums with faculty and staff teaching courses in museum studies, museum education, and conservation as well as Indigenous and world art. It hosts practicums and internships for students and has offered curatorial fellowships in conjunction with the Mellon Foundation.

MOA houses nearly 50,000 works from almost every part of the world, while the Laboratory of Archaeology houses an additional 535,000 archaeological objects in the building. MOA is known for its sizable Northwest Coast collections, including the finest collection of works by Bill Reid. Nearly half the collection is composed of works from Asia and Oceania while other significant holdings represent the Arctic, Latin America and Europe. MOA’s collection of world textiles is the largest in Western Canada, while the European ceramics collection is one of the two finest in the country.

MOA’s archives house the Museum’s institutional records and extensive holdings from anthropologists, linguists, missionaries and other travelers. Highlights include over 90,000 photographs, covering the world and dating from the 1890s to the present; the Vickie Jensen and Jay Powell fonds covering over 40 years of linguistic work in communities throughout BC and Washington State, including over 30,000 unique photographs; the Wilson Duff fonds, and the Beverley Brown fonds containing photographs of St. Michaels Residential School. Some of the earliest photographs of Tibet are also in the archives’ holdings.

MOA is run through a unique mixture of cross-appointed faculty, professional staff, volunteers and students. MOA’s volunteer associates are a self-governing body of approximately 100 volunteers who provide a range of services to the Museum. MOA also hires approximately 80 students each year.

Indigenous Access & Engagement

The Museum of Anthropology places a high priority on ensuring that access to collections is provided for originating community members, researchers and members of the public. MOA supports the principles of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) by committing to developing close working relationships with Indigenous peoples, groups and organizations that have a claim to, or interest in, the material in its care.

Admission to MOA

MOA offers free admission to all Indigenous peoples.

Access to the collections

There are several ways to access the collections:

  • In-person: MOA provides access and research opportunities to community members, academics and other members of the public who have interest in MOA’s collections. Physical access to objects can be provided in one of the Museum’s purpose-built research rooms. 
  • Collections Online (MOA-CAT): This online system contains images and any available information on the objects in MOA’s collections. 
  • Reciprocal Research Network (RRN): The RRN is an online research portal that provides access to museum and other public collections around the world, with a focus on First Nations items from the Northwest Coast and British Columbia. It facilitates access for First Nations community-based researchers who might otherwise be unable to travel to see these works in person. It was co-developed by the Musqueam Indian Band, the Stó:lō Nation/Tribal Council, the U’mista Cultural Society, MOA and LOA. Collections from 27 institutions can now be accessed through the RRN. 
  • Outgoing loans: Loans help to facilitate both physical and intellectual access to the collections. The collections at MOA contain items that are important to originating communities, and whose placement and care within the Museum must respect the values and beliefs of those communities. MOA recognizes that these objects may have a non-material side embodying cultural rights, values, knowledge and ideas that are not owned or possessed by MOA but are retained by the originating communities. Outgoing loan requests are assessed on a case-by-case basis, and are dependent on MOA staff time and availability. 


This UBC initiative provides resources and community grants that support the preservation of Indigenous cultural heritage. MOA’s Oral History and Language Lab and Library and Archives participate by providing training in the preservation of digital assets and the conversion of audio materials on cassette to digital preservation formats. Indigitization also seeks to promote enhanced and appropriate access to those recordings for communities and, where possible, the broader public. For more information please contact Gerry Lawson at

Native Youth Program

The Native Youth Program (NYP) is a summer program for urban Indigenous youth (ages 15 to 18) currently enrolled in secondary school. It provides summer employment and training to six high-school students and two UBC students as program manager and research assistant. The goal is to produce young Indigenous leaders, provide meaningful direction and mentoring, enhance employment opportunities for youth and promote public understanding of the diversity and richness of Indigenous cultures within the UBC community. Participants benefit from a well-supported opportunity to explore their culture and identity among peers, and develop important knowledge, skills and confidence for future creative and academic endeavours.

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