Located Downtown in bustling Robson Square and housed in a stately 1911 former courthouse building (which pretty much belies what’s inside), the VAG is famous for its groundbreaking exhibits and original displays of contemporary art. Yet the museum, which was founded in 1931, is also lauded for its major pieces by Marc Chagall and a host of 17th Century Dutch painters. And then, there’s its fierce dedication to world-famous British Columbian artists, both contemporary and Post-Impressionist, resulting in the most extensive collection of works by 20th Century B.C. artist, Emily Carr, and an impressive selection by J. E. H. MacDonald and the so-called Group of Seven (Canadian landscape painters during the 1920s). VAG is not your typical art museum. It’s the kind of art museum so innovative and inspiring you cancel your plans for the rest of the afternoon.
Excellent gallery for a small city. As a member I feel the turn over is pretty quick between exhibitions. Displays always well presented/curated. Nice gift shop with 10% off for members (cheap for students). Nice upscale cafe with great patio for a bite to eat or some drinks. Membership includes Fuse events (~22$). Can't wait for the new building set for construction.
One of the best places to visit in Vancouver, especially if there is a special collection on show. Tuesday after five is by donation. The cafeteria is not to be missed. Great food at good prices in a charming setting. It is self serve cafeteria style but the food quality is way above cafeteria fare.
Lovely gallery in a beautiful building and location. One of the best if not best Emily Carr exhibits around. I would definitely recommend taking a few hours to take in the art and the atmosphere.
Disappointed. Lack of good Communication by Vancouver Art Gallery. Only after waiting in line for ticket Office and Just before paying the entrance fee we were informed that only 2 Floors were open This week. Put Up a billboard Up front. Communicate it on your website. We Didn't go in. Lost couple of hours
I've only rated this as OK because 2 of the 4 floors of exhibitions were off limits for installation and/or refurbishments at the time of our visit, I'm not 100% sure which. To their credit the gallery was offering $5 off each full price ticket but as we'd pre-paid for our ticket we obviously lost out on that discount. Bit underwhelming but some interesting pieces.