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Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver

Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver (must see)

The Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG), adjacent to Robson Square, is the fifth-largest art gallery in Canada and the largest art museum in Western Canada, by building size. Its permanent collection comprises some 12,000 works by Canadian and international artists and includes, among others, more than 200 major pieces by Emily Carr, the Group of Seven, and illustrations by Marc Chagall. The VAG's collection serves as a principal repository of art for the Lower Mainland region, and represents the most comprehensive resource for visual culture in British Columbia, growing by several hundred works every year.

Designed by Francis Rattenbury, the museum building was originally opened as a provincial courthouse. As to the VAG itself, it was opened to the public in 1931 in a building designed by architectural firm Sharp and Johnston. The museum expanded its first building once in 1950, before a decision was taken to move it to the re-purposed provincial courthouse in 1983. The latter was designated National Historic Site of Canada in 1980.

Plans were undertaken by the museum in the late 2000s and 2010s to relocate the institution to a new facility in Larwill Park. In addition to exhibiting works from its collection, the museum regularly organizes, and hosts a number of travelling arts exhibitions.

Why You Should Visit:
High-quality artworks and superb exhibitions displayed in an open, airy and beautiful space.
There is everything here – from the bizarre to the terrifying, to more chilled-out areas, such as the ambient music room.

Tip:
When the line up is long, get on your phone and buy the tickets online; better yet, buy the tickets before you leave the house and show them upon entry to the gatekeeper.
Remember to visit the café and, weather permitting, take a table on the balcony / outside courtyard – very pleasant, with fine food, reasonable prices, and beautiful salads.

Opening Hours:
Mon, Wed-Sun: 10am-5pm; Thu: 10am-9pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Name: Vancouver Art Gallery
Sight Location: Vancouver, Canada
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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Walking Tours in Vancouver, Canada

Create Your Own Walk in Vancouver

Create Your Own Walk in Vancouver

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Vancouver Downtown Walking Tour

Vancouver Downtown Walking Tour

Numerous historic and otherwise notable landmarks scattered around downtown Vancouver make it a hot traveler's destination. Each such landmark is unique in itself and has a great deal of story to tell their visitors, be it cultural history or simple amusement. Take this self-guided walking tour to enjoy some of the top sights of downtown Vancouver!

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 Km or 2.3 Miles
Gastown Walking Tour

Gastown Walking Tour

The original settlement that, back in 1867, gave rise to the city of Vancouver, Gastown is a lively neighbourhood and a national historic site. Renowned for its one-of-a-kind indie art galleries, a picture-perfect collection of old Victorian architecture and a trendy food and drink scene, this area seamlessly combines old with new, history with the way forward. On this self-guided walk, you will...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 Km or 1.3 Miles
Vancouver Introduction Walk

Vancouver Introduction Walk

A bustling seaport on the west coast of Canada, Vancouver is one of the country's densest and most ethnically diverse metropolises. It is also among British Columbia's youngest cities. Prior to the Europeans, the "Vancouver" area had been inhabited by Aboriginal peoples – Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh (Burrard), etc. – for almost 10,000 years. The explorer Simon...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 Km or 2.4 Miles
Granville Island Walking Tour

Granville Island Walking Tour

Successfully transformed from an industrial wasteland to one of the most beloved public spaces in Vancouver back in the 1970s, Granville Island is now viewed as a premier artistic and cultural hub, famous for its balance of functionality and flare, much as for being a popular shopping destination with plethora of attractions, such as galleries, markets and a brewery. Don’t miss the chance to...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 Km or 0.7 Miles
Downtown Churches

Downtown Churches

Vancouver's churches, cathedrals and chapels are as numerous as they are diverse, reflecting the nation's religious history and the cultural heritage of the city. This self-guided walking tour will take you to some of the most sacred places of worship in downtown Vancouver.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 Km or 1.2 Miles
Vancouver Chinatown Walking Tour

Vancouver Chinatown Walking Tour

Vancouver's Chinatown is North America's second largest Chinese-centered area, and it has long attracted hordes of tourists with its expressive culture, inexpensive but delicious food, and fabulous traditional architecture. Take this self-guided walking tour to explore some of the most magnificent attractions of Vancouver's Chinatown.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 Km or 0.8 Miles

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