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Vancouver Museums you have to visit this International Museum Day

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Veronica Beltrann May 17, 2018 3:50 pm 920

Science World may be the first thing you think of when someone mentions a museum in Vancouver, but there’s actually way more than just that big metal ball — as fun as it is.

International Museum Day takes place this Friday, May 18 so we’ve put together some of the museums we think you should tackle this year.

Museum of Vancouver

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Come on down to the Museum of Vancouver to learn a bit about the city’s history with exhibitions like c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city, which aims to generate public discussions on Indigenous history, Neon Vancouver | Ugly Vancouver, highlights a point in history when Vancouver was filled with neon signs — around 19,000 signs to be exact, and 1900s – 1920s History Gallery: Gateway to the Pacific, explains the birth of the City of Vancouver and its cultural diversity.

Where: 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver

Hours: 10 am to 9 pm (Fridays)

Admission: Student, $16, Adult, $19

Museum of Anthropology

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This museum is located at UBC and is home to around 50,000 works from all over the world. Come and enjoy pieces of art honouring Indigenous culture and take a tour — which is already included in your admission!

Where: 6393 NW Marine Dr, Vancouver

Hours: 10 am to 5 pm

Admission: Student, $16, Adult, $19

Vancouver Police Museum

This place might give you the chills, as it has an old city morgue, autopsy facility, and murder weapons! Both the morgue and autopsy facility were open until 1980. You’ll learn about Vancouver’s policing history and how patrolling all began on the city’s streets. Think you have what it takes to be an investigator? Test your investigative abilities by attempting to solve a murder mystery with a mock crime scene!

Where: 240 E Cordova Street, Vancouver

Hours: 9 am to 5 pm

Admission: Student, $10, Adult, $12

Vancouver Maritime Museum

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Learn about maritime history and culture at the one and only Vancouver Maritime Museum! Check out five of their rotating exhibits including The Lost Fleet, which dives into the history of WWII and the Japanese-Canadian fleet seizure, as well as Urgent Sea, which takes a look at the impacts of rising sea levels.

Hours: 10 am to 5 pm

Where: 1905 Ogden Avenue, Vancouver

Admission: Student, $11, Adult, $13.50

The Vancouver Art Gallery

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Discover a world of art — contemporary and historic — by a variety of artists, all while taking in the gorgeous architecture of the building itself. Currently, the gallery houses over 10,000 pieces of art in its permanent collection, showcasing the work of artists in the region.

Hours: 10 am to 5 pm

Where: 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver

Admission: Student, $18, Adult, $24

Beaty Biodiversity Museum

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If you’ve ever wondered how big a Blue Whale is, you’ll get the chance to compare just how minuscule you are in comparison to the biggest mammal on earth. Check out dinosaur footprints, and head back to the beginning of life on earth by walking along 4.54 billion years of history on a timeline.

Hours: 10 am to 5 pm (Tuesday through Sunday)

Where: Vancouver Campus, 2212 Main Mall, Vancouver

Admission: Students, Free, Adults, $14

Bill Reid Gallery

Maybe not this Friday, but later this year you’ll be able to take a walk through the Bill Reid Gallery. This is the only Gallery in Canada dedicated to Indigenous Northwest Coast Art.

Hours: Reopening June 8, 2018

Where: 639 Hornby Street, Vancouver

Admission: Students, $8, Adults, $11

BC Sports Hall of Fame

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For all the sports fans out there, the BC Sports Hall of Fame should be number one on your list of museums to visit. Since 1966, the hall has been trusted with the responsibility of collecting, preserving, and studying all materials related to the history of BC sports.

Hours: 10 am to 5 pm

Admission: Students, $12, Adults, $15

Where: Gate A of BC Place, Vancouver

Now you have places to go this International Museum Day, enjoy!

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