Museum Hopping in Vancouver

Content originally written for the Let’s Go: USA & Canada Guideby our researcher-writer, Graham Bishai.

Science World at TELUS World of Science

1455 Quebec St.; (604) 443-7440; www.scienceworld.ca; open M-F 10am-5pm, Sa-Su 10am-6pm

Whether you have kids or want to feel like one again, this place will get your synapses firing. It’s an interactive experience from start to finish. Here, “interactive” is not just a flashy word to mean fun. You will get your hands wet. You can control your own optical illusion with lights, see how flexible your body is, or scan your skin for evidence of sun damage. You can shoot balls through vacuum tubes, or create a hydroelectric dam. You can even pilot a sperm to get it to fertilize an egg. These stimulating exhibits will leave you wanting to reproduce…these experiences, they are so fun! Don’t miss Eureka, the physics exhibit, which has great views of the water outside, and water to play with inside. Budget at least two hours to do the museum thoroughly.

Admission $25 CAD, student $20.25 CAD; wheelchair accessible; live science shows at 11:20am, 12:20pm, 1:20pm, 2:20pm, and 3:20pm; occasional guided tours

Contemporary Art Gallery

555 Nelson St.; (604) 681-2700; www.contemporaryartgallery.ca; Tu-Su 12pm-6pm

Do you like to loudly tell everyone that you’re “really into art,” but secretly get bored 20 minutes into an art museum visit? You’re not alone. The Contemporary Art Gallery is an FDA-approved antidote to art museum fatigue. This free gallery only takes 30 minutes, and that’s if you’re doing it thoroughly. It’s cheaper and more chill than the Vancouver Art Gallery. You walk right in, the guy at the front casually says “hey,” and you are free to roam their three galleries. Their modern art exhibits change every three months. It’s minimalist, and super casual. Located right in Yaletown, it’s a quick place to chill, recharge, breathe, or do some thinking after lunch.

Free entry; tours first Th of every month at 12:30pm, last Su of every month at 3pm.; wheelchair accessible

Vancouver Art Gallery

750 Hornby St.; (604) 662-4700; www.vanartgallery.bc.ca; open M-F 10am-5pm, Sa-Su 10am-6pm

Home to a large collection of works by Emily Carr, a landscape painter who drew inspiration from indigenous people in Northwest Canada, Vancouver Art Gallery includes depictions of the British Columbian forest, indigenous cultures’ relationship with nature, and the logging industry that Carr witnessed in the region. You’ll enjoy it much more if you get a tour, as there is limited information displayed for self-guiding. Carr’s work—housed on the fourth floor— is the only permanent exhibit in the museum. Even those works get rotated, but they never take down their most popular painting, “Scorned as Timber, Beloved of the Sky.” The rest of the floors house travelling exhibits, which display a variety of mediums and genres. To save on admission, go on a Tuesday from 5pm-9pm. Then, admission is as much as you would like to donate.

Admission $24 CAD, student $18 CAD, free Tu 5pm-9pm; general gallery tours Th and Sa 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 2:30pm, and Su 11am; wheelchair accessible

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