On Thursday, May 29, the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) will celebrate its 120th anniversary with a discounted $1.20 one-day only admission price.
The museum was first established in 1894 as the Vancouver Art, Historical and Scientific Association before being designated as the City Museum at the building that now holds the Carnegie Library at Main and Hastings Streets.
In 1967, the current landmark building in Kitsilano’s Vanier Park was completed as a part of Canada’s centennial. The Gerald Hamilton-designed building features a distinctive dome top and was inspired by the shape of a woven basket hat made by Northwest Coast First Nations people.
In 1981, the museum was again renamed from the Centennial Museum to the Vancouver Museum, before another name change in 2009 to the Museum of Vancouver. As part of the most recent rebranding, the museum reinvented itself from an institution that brought the world to Vancouver, to focusing solely on Vancouver.
It features permanent displays, exhibitions and educational programs about the natural, cultural and human history of the Metro Vancouver region. It has more than 65,000 items in its collection, although there is only enough space to exhibit a fraction of it at any one time.
The Museum of Vancouver shares the same building with the H.R. Macmillan Space Centre.
Museum of Vancouver’s 120th anniversary
Date: Thursday, May 29, 2014
Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Admission: $1.20 (members enter free)
Location: 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver (Vanier Park)
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