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The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) connects Vancouverites to each other and connects the city to the world. An enthusiastic civic advocate, MOV is dedicated to encouraging a deeper understanding of Vancouver through stories, objects and shared experiences. MOV is an independent, non-profit organization that seeks partners to support the evolution of the Museum’s visitor experience.

Our vision is to inspire a socially connected, civically engaged city.

What’s Included

  • A range of four permanent exhibitions, showcasing Vancouver’s history from the early 20th century until the 1970s
  • Temporary exhibitions that explore lesser-known parts of Vancouver’s past and present, from the influence of Chinese cooking on the city to what Vancouver was like long before it became Vancouver, often through First Nations perspectives
  • Activities like ‘I Spy’ and self-guided quizzes to keep visitors of all ages entertained and informed

What To Expect

PERMANENT COLLECTIONS- The four major exhibitions document the history of Vancouver during the ‘modern age’, from the early 1900s to the 1970s. Learn about Vancouver’s first real housing boom, the effects that wars (and related policies) had on the city, the rise of counter-culture during the 60s, and much more

TEMPORARY COLLECTIONS- Changing on a regular basis, these temporary collections provide insight into Vancouver’s history from a variety of perspectives. Learn about the Pacific Northwest long before colonial settlers arrived in the area, the cultural impact of Chinese cuisine, and how Vancouver was once the neon sign capital of North America.