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Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver: 16 reviews and 30 photos

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I love the Vancouver Art Gallery, although I recognize that it's not for everybody.

While the Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG) doesn't measure up to famous galleries like the Met or the Louvre, this is the largest art gallery in western Canada. If you appreciate art, it's well worth a visit, especially on a rainy day. I usually spend a little over 2 hours here during each visit, but you can easily spend longer.

The VAG has 4 floors, usually with one exhibit per floor. Although it has permanent displays, it mainly promotes touring exhibits. These exhibits vary from well known impressionist painters like Van Gogh to pop art icons like Andy Warhol. Some exhibits focus on entire cultures, like ancient Chinese painting, or the artwork of the Haida. They also tend to feature a lot of artwork from contemporary artists like Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, Jeff Wall, Yasumasa Morimura, Cindy Sherman, Douglas Gordon, and Miranda July. The museum is always changing, and that's what makes it interesting.

If you're visiting on the last Friday of the month, go to the VAG's "Fuse Friday". From 6pm until 11pm, they keep the gallery open and serve drinks, host live DJs, performance art, fashion shows, live bands - every time is something different. It's a chance to browse the gallery while participating in one of Vancouver's coolest nightlife events.

If you like architecture, you'll appreciate that the building used to be Vancouver's first court house. You migth also notice that the main steps outside are used as a public gathering place. Think of it like a Speakers Corner. Whether it's protesting war with Iraq, airbrush painters creating massive celestial panoramas, Hare Krshna's looking for followers, elderly men playing chess, Girl Guides selling cookies, local citizens protesting tax increases, or marijuana users looking for support, they'll be on those steps.

Finally, they have a fantastic gift shop - perfect for art books, jewellery, or souvenirs.

Address: 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Directions: Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver on Hornby Street between Robson and Georgia.
Phone: (604) 662-4719
Website: http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated May 6, 2007
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