Take transit to museums…here’s 10 to visit!

Take transit to museums…here’s 10 to visit!

The water fountain outside the Museum of Vancouver

Immerse yourself in a visit to the past with these transit-friendly museums. Metro Vancouver is home to many fascinating ones! Here are a few you can visit with a transit route that can take you there:

1. Museum of Vancouver and H. R. MacMillan Space Centre

  • ? 2 Macdonald/To Dunbar Loop
  • ? 1100 Chestnut St, Vancouver, BC V6J 3J9
  • ? Paid admission
  • ? museumofvancouver.ca

Explore Vancouver like never before at the Museum of Vancouver! Immerse yourself into the history of the city with feature exhibitions that will take you back into Vancouver from the 1900s to the 1970s.

But history is only a part of what makes the museum extraordinary. It also features contemporary art that reflects the cultural, political, environmental, and social perspectives of today. Check out their latest exhibitions.

2. Vancouver Maritime Museum

  • ? 2 Macdonald/To Dunbar Loop
  • ? 1905 Ogden Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1A3
  • ? Paid admission
  • ? vanmaritime.com

When you think of Canadian cities with maritime history, Vancouver doesn’t come to mind — but our city has quite the history. Permanent exhibitions explore Vancouver’s fireboats, lighthouses and shipwrecks, as well as the Canadian Arctic. This museum is truly a hidden gem in Kitsilano. Check out their current exhibitions.

3. Vancouver Police Museum & Archives

  • ? 8 Fraser/To Waterfront Station
  • ? 240 E Cordova St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1L3
  • ? Paid admission
  • ? vancouverpolicemuseum.ca

The Vancouver Police Museum & Archives is housed in a heritage building that once served as the Coroner’s Court, City Morgue, and Forensic Analyst Lab. You can explore exhibits related to true crime, justice, and policing, including rare artifacts, documents, and rooms. If you’re interested in crime history and forensics, this is a must-see museum. Find their current exhibits.

4. Burnaby Village Museum

Burnaby Village Museum offers visitors a fascinating view into the past, through interactive exhibits and authentic historic buildings. It’s a great place for a family outing with everything there is to do, and a beautiful carousel from 1912 that has been restored for visitors to ride. View their current exhibits.

5. BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum

  • ? Stadium–Chinatown Station
  • ? Gate A of BC Place, Vancouver, BC V6B 4Y8
  • ? Paid admission
  • ? bcsportshall.com

A few steps away from Stadium-Chinatown Station lies the BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. A celebration of all things sport in BC, it serves as both a historic collection and an inspiration to the athletes of today and future generations. If you’ve got a sport-obsessed friend or family member, it’s worth checking out with them. You can view their current exhibits.

6. Beaty Biodiversity Museum

  • ? UBC Exchange
  • ? UBC Vancouver Campus, 2212 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4
  • ? Paid admission
  • beatymuseum.ubc.ca

The Beaty Biodiversity Museum features over 500 exhibits, including a blue whale skeleton and dinosaur trackways. This museum is affiliated with the Biodiversity Research Centre, where ongoing research takes place. It’s undergoing an expansion, but the museum is still open to visitors. Check out their current exhibits.

7. Vancouver Art Gallery

  • ? Vancouver City Centre Station (Canada Line), Granville Station (Expo Line)
  • ? 750 Hornby St, Vancouver BC V6Z 2H7
  • ? Paid admission
  • ? vanartgallery.bc.ca

The Vancouver Art Gallery sits downtown, making it a great addition to a visit. With over 12,000 (!) works from artists in Canada and around the world, spending an afternoon at the Art Gallery is easy. View their current exhibitions.

8. Bill Reid Gallery

  • ? Burrard Station (Expo Line) and Vancouver City Centre Station (Canada Line)
  • ? 639 Hornby St, Vancouver, BC V6C 2G3
  • ? Paid admission
  • billreidgallery.ca

Paying tribute the legendary Haida master artist, Bill Reid, the Gallery celebrates the diversity of contemporary Indigenous Northwest Coast Art. Immerse yourself in its gorgeous exhibits and perhaps learn something new about Indigenous culture and values. View their current exhibits.

9. Chinese Canadian Museum

Did you know? The Chinese Canadian Museum in Vancouver is Canada’s first of its kind. Honouring the history, contributions and heritage of Chinese Canadians, it opened recently in 2023. View their current exhibits.

10. Museum of Anthropology

  • ? 84 UBC
  • ? 6393 Marine Dr NW, Vancouver BC V6T 1Z2
  • ? Paid admission
  • ? moa.ubc.ca

A notable Vancouver museum that MUST be on this list, however, please note that is closed until June. Be sure to visit during their reopening to explore traditional and contemporary art from Northwest Coast First Nations and other culture, worldwide.

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