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Museum of Anthropology

Museum of Anthropology

Vancouver, British Columbia

I was in Vancouver last week and had some time to break away to visit the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia.

In researching Vancouver architecture, I came across this brutalist building and knew it was a place I wanted to visit. I love concrete modernist architecture!

The museum was designed by Canadian architect, Arthur Erickson, and completed in 1976. It is currently about to undergo a major renovation to update the building with a few modifications already in process when I was there, unfortunately making some areas not accessible for photography.

The museum is home to an extensive collection of First Nations art and other tribal art. In total the museum houses nearly 50,000 works from all over the world. The main space of the museum is the great hall with its floor to ceiling glass windows and towering totem poles.

My time was limited so I was more focused on the architecture while there, but would definitely like to go back to really appreciate what the museum has to offer.

JC




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