Vancouver’s Museum of Anthropology was founded in 1949 in the basement of the Main Library at the University of British Columbia. Today, Canada’s largest teaching museum is located in a spectacular building overlooking mountains and sea – its collections, exhibitions and programs renowned for giving access and insight into the cultures of indigenous peoples around the world.
The Museum houses over 38,000 ethnographic objects and 535,000 archaeological objects, many of which originate from the Northwest Coast of British Columbia. Massive totem poles, carved boxes, bowls, and feast dishes are featured in the Museum’s Great Hall, while smaller (but no less magnificent) pieces in gold, silver, argillite, wood, ceramic, and other materials are exhibited elsewhere in the galleries.
MOA’s Multiversity Galleries provide public access to almost 10,000 objects from around the world, and The Audain Gallery, MOA’s new 5,800 sq ft temporary exhibition hall, showcases world-class traveling exhibits as well as those developed in-house.