Anthropology Museum in University of British Columbia Campus; Shutterstock ID 36001351; Your name (First / Last): Josh Vogel; Project no. or GL code: 56530; Network activity no. or Cost Centre: Online-Design; Product or Project: 65050/7529/Josh Vogel/ Destination Galleries

Shutterstock / Xuanlu Wang

Museum of Anthropology


Vancouver's best museum is studded with spectacular indigenous totem poles and breathtaking carvings – but it's also teeming with artifacts from cultures around the world, from intricate Swedish lace to bright Sri Lankan folk masks. Take one of the free daily tours (check ahead for times) for some context, but give yourself at least a couple of hours to explore on your own; it's easy to immerse yourself here. On a budget? Thursday evening entry is $10 (after 5pm).

A new gallery here is filled with brilliantly crafted aboriginal creations from this region; look out for the carved tobacco pipe shaped like a baby bird. And although it seems like it's tucked away in a corner, we love the European Ceramics Gallery with its 600 drool-worthy objets d'art, from fragile figurines to elaborate beer steins.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Vancouver attractions

1. Morris & Helen Belkin Art Gallery

0.13 MILES

This ever-intriguing gallery specializes in contemporary and often quite challenging pieces, with chin-stroking new exhibitions opening in its high…

2. Nitobe Memorial Garden

0.25 MILES

Exemplifying Japanese horticultural philosophies, this is a delightfully tranquil green oasis of peaceful pathways, small traditional bridges and a large,…

3. Chung Collection

0.35 MILES

Leave your photo ID at the front desk of the lower level of UBC's main library building, and then wander around a roomful of exhibits chronicling the…

4. Beaty Biodiversity Museum

0.57 MILES

A family-friendly museum showcasing a two-million-item natural-history collection including birds, fossils and herbarium displays. The highlight is the…

5. Wreck Beach


Follow Trail 6 into the woods and down the steep steps to find Vancouver's only official naturist beach, complete with a motley crew of counterculture…

6. Pacific Museum of Earth


Across from the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, this sparkling little attraction has really upped its game in recent years. The cabinets of shimmering minerals…

7. University of British Columbia

0.62 MILES

The giant University of British Columbia is more than just your average college campus; it's also home to some of the city's best visitor attractions…

8. UBC Botanical Garden

1.13 MILES

You'll find a huge array of rhododendrons, a fascinating apothecary plot and a winter green space of off-season bloomers in this 28-hectare complex of…