Museum of Vancouver

The Museum of Vancouver creates connections for our community and connects our community to our world. Museum of Vancouver exhibitions and collections invite exploration of contemporary issues and stories from the past. Museum of Vancouver activities excite enthusiasm for exploring Vancouver and the heritage of Vancouver. Museum of Vancouver experiences create connections for our community and for our world and excite creative conversation about the future.

The Museum of Vancouver is an advocate for our City and for the preservation, enhancement, and appreciation of our creative and cultural evolution as a community. Our permanent exhibitions tell stories of the City from the early 1900s to the late 1970s and are complemented with innovative contemporary feature exhibits.

The Museum of Vancouver has become a leader in the re-imagining of museums, designing our exhibitions to provide a greater context for the experience of the viewer, hosting two Venice Biennale Architecture projects, and hiring a curator of contemporary issues to frame our museum experiences in the context of where we are in our evolution and what we could imagine for ourselves in the future.

We have been appreciated for our contribution by the Canadian Museum Association community, the Architecture Canada community, the British Columbia Museum Association community, and our Vancouver community. The Center for the Future of Museums recognizes the Museum of Vancouver as a thought leader.

Our creative interests are to increase our visibility, to increase our contribution, and to involve our community creatively and collaboratively in our development, in creating exhibitions, projects, and programs which interpret our history with and for the different communities who contribute to creating our community, in interpreting our history in a contemporary context, and in provoking exploration and creative conversation about the City and our evolution as a creative community.

We create the experience of Vancouver. The experience of Vancouver excites our ideas, our imagination, and our interest in contributing to creating possibilities for the future of Vancouver, for the future of the Museum of Vancouver, and for the future of our heritage. Our heritage for the future of our community and the future of our world.

Our interest is to increase the size of our community excited about exploring our past, our present, and our future as a City and increasing the size of our community contributing to creating our City for the future

Museum of Vancouver
exciting conversations about our past, our present, and our future

The Museum of Vancouver Vision for Change

The Museum of Vancouver was created in the late nineteenth century and is one of Canada’s oldest cultural institutions. In 2008, the Museum of Vancouver involved the community in a series of conversations over a year of consultation to explore what the Museum of Vancouver could be and how it could contribute to the community. We moved from being a museum located in Vancouver to a museum about Vancouver which has defined our interests, our enterprise, and our contribution since then.


September 17, 2014 / 7:00 PM
Opening Reception: From Rationing to Ravishing:
The Transformation of Women’s Clothing in the 1940s and 1950s

September 19, 2014 / 8:00 PM
The Museum of Vancouver invites Vancouverites to explore and celebrate innovation in action. 30+ designers, live, in concert and stationed throughout the museum’s galleries, discuss their work during Why I Design, a Vancouver Design Week feature event and party

September 24, 2014 / 7:00 PM
The 2014/2015 Built City @MOV speaker series kicks off with a talk that coincides with the inaugural Vancouver Design Week and showcases the potential of design to effect significant change in personal and public space.

October 02, 2014 / 7:00 PM
Join Vancouver’s preeminent fashion historian and From Rationing to Ravishing guest curator Ivan Sayers for an informative stroll amongst the displays of historic clothing within the exhibition space

October 06, 2014 / 5:30 PM
We are of a city of innovators and visionaries. At the Museum of Vancouver, we aim to look at Vancouver’s past, present, and future, and this fall we invite you to join us for our 3rd annual Museum of Vancouver Legacy Awards Dinner, an fundraising and awards dinner that honours those individuals, families and companies who have contributed to this city.

Please join us on October 6th, in paying tribute to Morris J. Wosk and Yosef Wosk, Dr. Julio Montaner and Wade Grant as we recognize them for their commitment to Vancouver. Guests at this fundraiser will enjoy an exclusive evening of good company, interesting ideas, complimentary beverages, and a sit-down dinner. Enjoy live musical entertainment and participate in a silent auction that benefits our non-profit society.

Source: Museum of Vancouver Program Calendar



Canadian Museum Association
Architectural Institute of British Columbia
British Columbia Museum Association
Center for the Future of Museums

Creative Community Centres

Creative Vancouver – exciting creative community enterprise
Think Vancouver – creating a city of the future
Vancouver Heritage Experiences – creating connections with our heritage
Canadian Heritage Community – creating a future for our heritage
Heritage Community Network – creating a future for our heritage
Heritage Community Centre – creating community around our heritage
Canadian Heritage Centre – exploring our Canadian heritage
Canadian Heritage Experiences – creating connections with our heritage
Native Roots – exploring our creative evolution
Exploring Our Heritage – exploring our creative evolution