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The Museum of Anthropology at UBC is free on Tuesdays (after 5 PM). It contains very good displays of West Coast Indian art. Compared to Toronto, Vancouver is generally lacking in good Museums. There is however, both the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Vancouver Museum and the Maritime Museum (see the table below for links).
The Granville Island Museum consist of 3 Museums: Sport fishing, Model Trains and Model Boats. I believe the Model Train Museum is the largest public display in the world. The Museums are open from 10 AM to 5:30 PM daily and admission is about $6 (1999) to all three inclusive. (See table below for link)
Another interesting little Museum is the Vancouver Police Museum located at 240 East Cordova in Gastown. There is link in the table below.
This is a combination of a Museum & Disneyland. Located underground in Gastown, at Cordova & Water Streets, this huge Museum of Canadian History takes you on an 80 minute interactive journey through aspects of Canadian History. Admission is about 20 dollars. It's walking distance from Waterfront Skytrain Station. It is scheduled to open on June 1, 2004. See the link in the table below.
Imax & Omnimax/ Science Center:
Both the IMAX and Omnimax Theatres are well worth a visit. The Imax is located near Waterfront Skytrain Station (end of the line) and the Omnimax is at Main Street Station. Try and catch a 3D movie at the Imax, they are awe inspiring. There is also a Science Centre attached to the Omnimax. The area around the Science Centre at the Eastern End of False Creek (see above) is undergoing re-development. This was the site of the 1986 Worlds Fair. Previous to Expo, it was an unsightly industrial area. Unfortunately the soil in the area is very contaminated from a century of industry. During Expo, they simply paved it all over, but for the last ten years, they have been removing and replacing it with uncontaminated soil. As I previously mentioned above, this area is the site of one of the biggest urban redevelopment projects in North America and over the next 10 years or so it will become an area of marinas, parks, housing, etc. and will redefine the appearance of Vancouver's downtown.
Space Center, Planetarium & Vancouver Museum:
The Pacific Space Centre, Planetarium & Vancouver Museum are located in Vanier Park on the south side of the Burrard Street Bridge. This facility is dedicated mainly to Space, Space exploration and Astronomy. It features interactive displays, plus one ride similar to the "Back to the Future" ride at Universal Studios. They also usually have laser shows on weekends in the evening in the Planetarium itself (Pink Floyd, U2 and that sort of thing). Nearby Kitsilano Beach is also nice and if you are male, it is a good spot to view bikinis. You will soon realize why more Playboy centerfold girls have come from Vancouver, than any other single city.
Pacific Mineral Museum:
A new museum located at 848 West Hastings Street in the downtown core. The museum occupies a renovated Heritage Building. This is a must-see if your a rock hound. See link in the table below.
If you've never been in one of these, there is an interesting one in the Southern Suburb of Richmond that offer free tours 9:30 AM to 5 PM daily. Its located at 9160 Steveston Highway between No. 3 & No. 4 Road, Phone 604-274-2822. Take a No. 403 bus from Burrard Skytrain Station downtown. They have a web site. The link can be found in the table below.
The Vancouver area has many Mega Movie complexes, featuring big screen and/or Imax movies along with various other entertainment venues in one complex. Most of these are located in the suburbs, however there is one at Metrotown in Burnaby near the Metrotown Skytrain Station and also one near downtown at Stadium Station (Tinseltown)
|Museum of Anthropology||Museum at UBC dedicated to West Coast Indian Art. Warning Bookmark here first, this site traps you.|
|Storyeum||Museum of West Coast history|
|Vancouver Museum||City owned Museum|
|Granville Island Museums||Train, Boat & Sport fishing Museums|
|Vancouver Art Gallery||Good collection of Emily Carr|
|Vancouver Maritime Museum||You will find the St. Roch, the first boat to navigate the Arctic here.|
|Pacific Mineral Museum||Mineral & Mining Displays plus special shows|
|IMAX||Large Screen Theatre located at Waterfront Skytrain station|
|Science World||The Omnimax theatre is also here. Near Main St. Skytrain|
|Pacific Space Centre||Planetarium|
|Dr.Sun Yat-Sen Gardens||Classical Chinese garden|
|British Columbia Museum of Mining||Britannia Beach Mine - Daily Tours (Very good)|
|Vancouver Police Museum||Gastown Museum|