This great little gallery specializes in contemporary and often quite challenging pieces – which explains the billboard-style depiction of an Iraqi city outside, complete with the caption 'Because there was and there wasn't a city of Baghdad.' Inside, you can expect a revolving roster of traveling shows plus chin-stroking exhibits from a permanent collection of Canadian avant-garde works.

Although the gallery only opened in 1995, it replaced the UBC Fine Arts Gallery, which opened in 1948 and for many years was the only place where Vancouverites could view contemporary art.