This week’s Suburban Spotlight is on the Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at the University of British Columbia. The MOA is your one stop to view breath taking art work from the Pacific Northwest First Nations.
First opening its doors in 1947, the MOA now houses roughly 525,000 works of art for visitors to view. This collection includes large sculptures, totem poles, cultural artifacts, and jewellery. Walking around this museum and taking in all the amazing works of art can take the entire day as there is so much to see and enjoy. The best way to take a stroll in the museum is with a guided tour to ensure that you do not miss anything.
The most well known artist whose work is housed in the MOA is Bill Reid. Anyone who has lived in Canada and seen a twenty dollar bill has been introduced to this artist as Reid’s “The Raven and the First Men” is depicted on the bill. The actual sculpture resides in the MOA and must be seen in person as the twenty dollar bill does not do justice to its true beauty. Recently several of his works were stolen from the compounds of the museum, but most have been successfully retrieved.
On your way out of the museum, make sure to stop by the museum shop where you can get your hands on original works of art and much more. It is a great place to get unique handmade sculptures that cannot be found anywhere else.
I truly believe this is one visit everyone must make as the museum is fascinating for people of all ages. It is a great place to enjoy works of art from the First Nations and at the same time learn about their culture. The workmanship that is presented in the museum is unmatched due to the attention to detail and the amount of work that goes in to making the magnificent works of art. However, it must be seen in person because by seeing it person one begins to not only cherish the MOA, but also the great pieces of artwork found in the Pacific Northwest.