Friday, March 06, 2009

Vancouver's Museum of Anthropology reopens March 8, 2009 after extensive renovations

Museum of Anthropology - University of British Columbia, Vancouver

On Sunday, March 8, Vancouver's Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia reopens to the public after six months of renovations. Highlights of the $3.5 million "re-do" include a new Welcome Plaza, lobby, Museum Shop and Great Hall -- featuring soaring totems and massive carvings by northwest Coast First Nations artists.

Also open to the public are Koerner European Ceramics Gallery, the outdoor exhibits, and a special exhibit of photographs by Mark Adams,
Tatau: Samoan Tattooing and Global Culture. Also on display will be a work by John Marson, whose panel installation 'ehhwe'p syuth' (To Share History) links Coast Salish traditions with those of Papua New Guinea.

This spring there are a number of special programs and exhibits. They include the We yah hani nah Coastal First Nations Dance Festival (March 12-15); a workshop on Samoan tattooing by Rosanna Raymond (April 25);
The Big Draw, a special program for students grades 3-5 (May 15); and the Matter of Taste tour, available by request for groups of 10 or more.

Construction on some museum galleries will continue after the opening. The Bill Reid Rotunda (home of The Raven and the First Men sculpture) and Michael M. Ames Theatre will re-open in May, and the Multiversity Galleries (replacing Visible Storage) and the major temporary exhibit gallery will open in January 2010.

Museum of Anthropology pre-renovation
Photo by Sue Frause

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