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Vancouver’s 30 Best Family-Friendly Places to Explore the Arts: Museums and Galleries

Vancouver’s 30 Best Family-Friendly Places to Explore the Arts: Museums and Galleries

Among the nominations for Vancouver’s best places to explore the arts were a slew of museums and galleries. Check out the previous posts for more galleries and public art walks as well as performing arts, and stay tuned for the next couple of days as we present the rest of our nominees.

In this post we explore:

  • Burnaby Art Gallery
  • Contemporary Art Gallery
  • Emily Carr University of Art and Design – Charles H. Scott Gallery
  • Museum of Anthropology
  • Museum of Vancouver
  • Roedde House Museum

Burnaby Art Gallery

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Deer Lake Park houses the Burnaby Art Gallery and its historic and contemporary displays and programs. Check out the Free Family Sunday Programs or one of the many special events.

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Contemporary Art Gallery

With displays and educational programming promoting an understanding of contemporary art, this downtown gallery provides teachers’ guides for self-directed study, interpretive programs and guided tours suitable for families.
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Emily Carr University of Art and Design – Charles H. Scott Gallery

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The Emily Carr University of Art and Design contains galleries of student work – impressive in itself – as well as the Charles H. Scott Gallery with contemporary art. Bonus: the Granville Island setting surrounds the campus with arts and crafts and the bustle of the market.

Museum of Anthropology

A beautiful building in a gorgeous setting, with impressive displays and drawers full of additional treasures for further exploration. The University of British Columbia’s Museum of Anthropology highlights the arts and culture of this region’s First Nations as well as cultures around the world.

From The Travelling Mom: “The MOA offers an incredible collection of world art and culture, focusing on our west coast aboriginal art. The building itself is great architecture by Arthur Erickson, and the setting at UBC can’t be beat for a post-museum-visit walk. In short, it’s a great place for families to visit and for children to learn about the aboriginal history of our province.”
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Museum of Vancouver

The Museum of Vancouver, situated in Vanier Park, showcases the history of our city and art from the Pacific Northwest Coast First Nations. Weekend programs include self-guided scavenger hunts plus workshops and activities for families.

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Roedde House Museum

This Victorian-era house in the Queen Anne style is packed with historic art and artifacts. School and public programming includes guided tours and a concert and lecture series.


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