Three museums in Vancouver show life on the west coast of Canada

Marine Museum of Vancouver

On our tour through Vancouver we pass three museums that we want to introduce to you. They deal with life on the west coast of Canada and in Vancouver. These museums are a great place to learn about life on the West Coast of British Columbia, be it by looking at the paintings in the Art Gallery of Vancouver, or seeing a ship in the Maritime Museum that has a heroic history show or study the history of the city and its inhabitants at the Museum of Vancouver. Worth seeing are you all.


The Vancouver Art Gallery
The Vancouver Art Gallery in Downtown Vancouver © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline

 The Vancouver Art Gallery

The best known of these three museums is probably the Vancouver Art Gallery, which is located in the city center. In the midst of the skyscrapers she stands between Robson Square and West Georgia Street. The Vancouver Museum of Art is housed in one of the city's buildings that embody Vancouver. Once upon a time, it housed the city's Law Courts, which have since moved to a more modern building on the other side of Robson Square. The building itself was built by a major West Coast architect, Francis Rattenbury, who also designed the Parliament in Victoria. Before the museum moved into the city's former courthouses, extensive alterations to designs by Arthur Erickson took place. Today it shows both modern art and above all the art of the Canadian west coast. Among other things, the Museum 200 has important works by the painter Emily Carr, who depicted in her paintings above all the nature and culture of the Canadian west coast. Her pictures of totem poles and the lives of North American Native Americans on the northwest coast document the Canadian-American West Coast particularly well.

Vancouver Art Gallery
750 Hornby Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6Z 2H7


The St. Roch
The St. Roch, the first ship to sail around America © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline

 The Museum of Vancouver

The Museum of Vancouver is located south of False Creek in Vanier Park, the easiest way to get from downtown to Burrard Street. On our city tour, we make a round through the park and see the building, whose roof resembles a woven hat of the Indians of the northwest coast. In a pond in front of the museum building, a crab made of metal raises its scissors - an impressive work of art. The museum itself focuses on the history of the city in its exhibitions and has won several awards since 2009, since Nancy Noble steered the fate of the museum: the Canadian Museum Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in Management (2010), the Canadian Museum Association Award for Education (2012) and the BC Museum Association's Award for Museums in Motion (2012). So if you want to study the history and development of the city of Vancouver, you will find the best opportunity in this museum.

Museum of Vancouver
1100 Chestnut Street
Vancouver, BC, V6J 3J9

The Vancouver Maritime Museum
The Vancouver Maritime Museum © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline


 The Vancouver Maritime Museum

Just steps away, the Vancouver Maritime Museum is also located in Vanier Park in the Kitsilano district. From here we have a wonderful view of downtown Vancouver. For that reason alone, a visit to this museum is worthwhile. But there is more to see: the museum explores the history of shipping on Canada's west coast, an interesting chapter in the history of the West Coast. On our tour of the museum we learn a lot about the various means of transportation at sea, from Indian canoes and kayaks over the ships of the early explorers to the steamboats of modern times. However, what fascinates us most is the St. Roch, a research vessel of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, which is the museum's most important exhibit. We climb past the narrow bunks and try to imagine what it must have been like when the men of the Canadian police force were exploring the waters of the Arctic. The St. Roch can boast of being the first ship to have traveled all over America, and successfully crossed the Northwest Passage as the second ship. A glorious history for a ship and worth a visit.

Vancouver Maritime Museum
1905 Ogden Avenue at Vanier Park
Vancouver, BC V6J 1A3

We always want to know something about how people live in the regions we visit. That's why museums like these are part of all our journeys. We love to explore how a region has become what it is today. And in such places we learn the most about it. How about you? Do you like to visit museums?

Source: own research on site with the kind support of Tourism Vancouver. Our opinion remains our own.

Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Photos: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline

Three museums in Vancouver show life on the west coast of Canada
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