The best museums in Vancouver in December 2023

These are the top 20 best museums in Vancouver, Canada, ranked by their rating and popularity in 2023. Click a museum for more information about the museum, including visitor information, exhibitions and reviews.

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Looking for the best museums in Vancouver? These are the best ones:

  1. Capilano Suspension Bridge Park1

    Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

    The Capilano Suspension Bridge is a significant landmark located in the District of North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. This simple suspension bridge crosses the Capilano River, providing a unique perspective of the surrounding natural beauty. It's an integral part of the local landscape and a popular destination for visitors.
  2. VanDusen Botanical Garden2

    VanDusen Botanical Garden

    VanDusen Botanical Garden is a beautiful botanical garden situated in the Shaughnessy neighborhood of Vancouver, British Columbia. It is named after local lumberman and philanthropist Whitford Julian VanDusen. The garden was opened to the public in 1975 and is jointly managed by the Vancouver Park Board and the Vancouver Botanical Gardens Association.
  3. Science World3

    Science World

    Science World at Telus World of Science is a non-profit science museum located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It is situated at the end of False Creek and features several permanent as well as temporary exhibitions. The museum is dedicated to making science and technology accessible and exciting for everyone, especially the youth.
  4. Vancouver Aquarium4

    Vancouver Aquarium

    The Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre is a marine aquarium situated in the beautiful Stanley Park in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It is a non-profit organization that operates without any public subsidy. The aquarium is open 365 days a year, making it a perfect destination for tourists at any time of the year.
  5. Museum of Vancouver5

    Museum of Vancouver

    The Museum of Vancouver, previously known as the Vancouver Museum, is situated in Vanier Park in the city of Vancouver, Canada. This location is easily accessible and offers a scenic view of the city, making it a convenient and enjoyable destination for tourists.
  6. Bloedel Floral Conservatory6

    Bloedel Floral Conservatory

    The Bloedel Floral Conservatory is a botanical garden and bird park located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It offers a unique opportunity to explore a diverse range of plant and bird species in a single location. The conservatory is a great place for nature lovers and bird watchers to spend a day exploring and learning about different species.
  7. Vancouver Art Gallery7

    Vancouver Art Gallery

    The Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG) holds the distinction of being the fifth largest art museum in Canada and the largest in the western part of the country. This makes it a significant cultural institution in the region, offering a wide range of art exhibits and collections for visitors to explore.
  8. Contemporary Art Gallery8

    Contemporary Art Gallery

    The Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG) is a non-profit public art gallery situated in the heart of downtown Vancouver. It is dedicated to the exhibition of contemporary art and features works from local, national, and international artists. The gallery is known for its focus on emerging local artists, contributing to the Canadian contemporary art scene.
  9. Vancouver Police Museum & Archives9

    Vancouver Police Museum & Archives

    The Vancouver Police Museum & Archives was inaugurated in 1986 to mark the 100th anniversary of the Vancouver Police Department and the City of Vancouver in British Columbia. This museum serves as a testament to the rich history of law enforcement and the city itself, offering visitors a unique insight into the past.
  10. Vancouver Maritime Museum10

    Vancouver Maritime Museum

    The Vancouver Maritime Museum is a unique institution that is dedicated to showcasing the maritime history of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and the Canadian Arctic. It provides a comprehensive view of the region's maritime past, making it an interesting destination for those interested in history and maritime affairs.
  11. Nitobe Memorial Garden11

    Nitobe Memorial Garden

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  12. Beaty Biodiversity Museum12

    Beaty Biodiversity Museum

    The Beaty Biodiversity Museum is a natural history museum situated in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It is a place where visitors can explore the rich biodiversity of the region and learn about the natural world. The museum is easily accessible and offers a unique experience for those interested in natural history and biodiversity.
  13. H. R. Macmillan Space Centre13

    H. R. Macmillan Space Centre

    The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre is an astronomy museum situated in the scenic Vanier Park in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It offers a unique opportunity for visitors to explore the wonders of space and astronomy through its various exhibits and demonstrations.
  14. Roedde House Museum14

    Roedde House Museum

    The Roedde House Museum, located at 1415 Barclay Street in Vancouver, Canada, is a late-Victorian home that was built in 1893. The house was designed in the Queen Anne Revival style, which is characterized by its asymmetrical plans, verandas, and turret. The house was the home of Gustav Roedde and his family, who were prominent figures in Vancouver's history.
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    Chinatown Storytelling Centre

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    Rennie Museum

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    Old Hastings Mill Store Museum

    The Old Hastings Mill Store Museum, opened in 1932, offers a glimpse into Vancouver's past. The museum houses a collection of artifacts and items that are significant to the city's history, providing visitors with a deeper understanding of the city's development and heritage.
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    Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver

    The Chinese Cultural Centre is a multifaceted institution located in Vancouver's Chinatown. It serves as a community centre, a museum, and a municipal archives facility. This makes it a unique destination for tourists interested in Chinese culture and history, as well as the history of Vancouver itself.
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    Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art

    A striking gallery exhibiting various pieces of Bill Reid, famous Haida artist. There are also exhibits of other Haida artists.
  20. Engine 374 Pavilion20

    Engine 374 Pavilion

    May 23, 1887, was a great day for Vancouver when CPR Engine 374 pulled the first transcontinental train into the city. This completed one of the great engineering feats of the century, linking the new nation of Canada from coast to coast.

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