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Must-See Museums in Vancouver

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Must-See Museums in Vancouver
With diverse history and a cutting-edge art scene, it’s no surprise that Vancouver is home to some world-class museums. These top Vancouver museums include the place to go nose-to-nose with a sea otter, learn about Canada’s First Nations, and more. Here’s how to get started.
 
Museum of Anthropology
First Nations art, history, and culture are the highlight of the magnificent Museum of Anthropology, on the University of British Columbia campus in Vancouver. That means everything from full-scale Haida houses to sculptures by artist Bill Reid—there’s also a fine collection of European ceramics.

How to Visit: Book a 1- or 2-day hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour of Vancouver, and make this museum one of your stops.

Vancouver Aquarium
The stars of this family-friendly attraction are sharks, sea otters, and other creatures, and a location in Stanley Park means it’s easy to add to a day of exploring other Vancouver sights. It’s not just exhibits, either—a mix of stage shows, talks, feedings, and animal encounters make this an engaging place for all animal lovers.

How to Visit: Prebook skip-the-line tickets to avoid long waits at this popular attraction, which is an included stop on many hop-on hop-off tours of Vancouver.
 
Vancouver Art Gallery
Among Canada’s largest art galleries, the Vancouver Art Gallery houses thousands of pieces in a downtown location. A permanent collection combines European masters with remarkable artwork from around British Columbia.

How to Visit: Prebook tickets to the Vancouver Art Gallery to secure your admission in advance; 30- and 45-minute tours are included with admission on selected days.

Science World
Lots of hands-on activities draw kids into discovering science, but there’s plenty for adults as well. The Omnimax Theater stretches a staggering five stories high, and the permanent collection features dinosaur fossils, human body exhibits, and other natural wonders.

How to Visit: Book a 1- or 2-day hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour of Vancouver, and combine Science World with a stop at the nearby Olympic Village.
 
Bill Reid Gallery
Haida artist Bill Reid’s work is displayed alongside a diverse collection of Northwest Coast Indigenous pieces in a downtown gallery that’s a must for art fans. Highlights include sculptures, jewelry, and prints in permanent exhibitions, as well as a creative lineup of visiting shows.

How to Visit: Book tickets to the gallery in advance, then combine the trip with nearby destinations, which include the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Vancouver Seawall.
 
Museum of Vancouver
Follow the story of Vancouver from First Nations to today at the Museum of Vancouver, whose history galleries scroll through the decades with engaging exhibits. Special exhibits explore art, culture, and the city’s many diverse communities.

How to Visit: Prebook tickets to the Museum of Vancouver to secure your admission in advance; Vanier Park, where the museum is located, is an included stop on many hop-on hop-off tours of Vancouver.
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Vancouver City Hop-on Hop-off Tour - 48 HourBus Tours

Vancouver City Hop-on Hop-off Tour - 48 Hour

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Customize your sightseeing tour of vibrant Vancouver with multiple pass options for a hop-on hop-off tour aboard a clear-top bus. Let someone else drive you around town, and choose when to disembark at any of the stops, such as Chinatown, Stanley Park, and Gastown. Choose between the City Route or the Park Route, or the Dual Pass if you'd like to do both. Explore historical landmarks and shop along Robson Street at your own pace.
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Stanley Park Bike Tour

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Discover one of Vancouver’s natural wonders by bike on a morning or afternoon tour of Stanley Park. Enjoy a relaxing guided ride through the 1,000-acre (405-hectare) park—the city’s ‘Green Heart.’ Cruise by Third Beach, view First Nations totem poles in Brockton Point, and catch great views of the city skyline, mountains, and local wildlife. Along the way, learn about Vancouver’s rich history as a logging center and the park’s complex ecosystem.
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Vancouver City Tour with Vancouver Lookout AdmissionNature and Wildlife

Vancouver City Tour with Vancouver Lookout Admission

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Soak up the city scenery on a half-day coach tour of seaport Vancouver! Your expert guide will escort you to key attractions such as Canada Place, Robson Street, Granville Island, Chinatown and Gastown. Travel through the winding canopies of Stanley Park, check out epic totem poles at Brockton Point and head to the top of the Vancouver Lookout for panoramic views of the city and its stunning natural backdrop. 
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Skip the Line: Bloedel Conservatory Admission TicketAttraction Tickets

Skip the Line: Bloedel Conservatory Admission Ticket

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Wander the lovely gardens of the Bloedel Conservatory in Vancouver’s Queen Mary Park. Take a trip through fragile eco-systems, free-flying birds, and a healing garden under the domed roof. The weather inside the conservatory is always lovely. Visit the tropical and sub-tropical rainforests, then dry out in the desert.  Marvel at the colorful macaws, parrots, finches and pheasants and engage your senses in the healing garden.
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Bill Reid Gallery Admission

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Bill Reid was an artist and a member of the Haida Nation, an Indigenous group on Canada’s Pacific Coast. The Bill Reid Gallery of North Coast Art showcases his life and works, as well as pieces from contemporary Haida artists. The spacious, airy gallery is the perfect venue for the variety of temporary and permanent exhibits on display.
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