Vancouver is well-known as a starting point for amazing artists known around the world, and the Vancouver Art Gallery is a must-see for many visitors to the city. Here you’ll see work from top artists in the field of contemporary art — including world-renowned local artists such as Robert Davidson, Gathie Falk and Stan Douglas to name a few. In addition, historic pieces are housed at the Gallery, including the largest collection of works by Canada’s Emily Carr. The permanent collection at the Gallery houses over 10,000 spectacular pieces of art.
The Gallery boasts amazing temporary exhibitions you can’t miss. Examples include Hope at Dawn: Watercolours by Emily Carr and Charles John Collings, and Ian Wallace: At the Intersection of Painting and Photography. Don’t worry if you missed an exhibition — exciting new ones are introduced regularly. Even if you never see a temporary exhibition, you’ll get your fill of incredible art by viewing the Gallery’s beloved permanent collection.
The permanent collection dates back to 1931 and features an amazing array of pieces from historical and modern artists. Whether your artistic taste leans more towards landscapes from the 19th century or towards striking local photography, you’ll find something of interest here. Scholars, students, authors, media establishments and more because of its wide range of historically and culturally significant pieces utilize the collection regularly.
To make the most of your visit to the Vancouver Art Gallery, take a guided tour given by knowledgeable museum personnel. Tours are held on Thursdays and Saturdays with two different types of tours available. The basic one-hour tour is ideal for all visitors and highlights the history of the exhibitions. Or, try a Hot Spots tour — these 30-minute tours focus on emerging talent of the Vancouver art scene.
Make sure to stop at the Gallery Store to pick up a souvenir of your visit. The Artist Editions program produces exclusive limited edition prints by renowned local artists. In addition, you’ll find cards, paper goods, posters and other reproductions and much more. For a refreshing break, check out the Gallery Cafe. Whether you’re in the mood for a light lunch or a decadent dessert, the cafe has something to satisfy your appetite and a fantastic patio overlooking Robson Square in the summer months.
Adult tickets to the gallery cost $17.50, however if you go with a group (maximum 2 adults and 4 children) you can receive a group rate of $50. Seniors and students are admitted at the discount rate of $12.50. Tickets for children under 5 and older are $6.50, with free admission for kids under 5. Gallery members get free admission. Vancouver Art Gallery Members also get to avoid waiting in long ticket lines. Tickets can be purchased online in advance to save time.
The Vancouver Art Gallery is located at 750 Hornby Street, a short walk from O Canada House B&B.