Vancouver Art Gallery, Downtown Vancouver

 

A must-stop for art lovers! Founded in 1931, the Vancouver Art Gallery – dubbed “the VAG” by locals – is the largest gallery in Western Canada, housing over 10,000 works by regional, national and international artists. The collection grows by several hundred works every year and includes painting, sculpture, photography, graphic arts and film.

A permanent exhibition of paintings by modernist landscape painter Emily Carr showcases beautiful and colourful depictions of the Northwest Coast rainforests and First Nations villages during the early 1900s. The Vancouver Art Gallery also houses work by the Group of Seven, Ansel Adams and Marc Chagall, and has one of the most significant collections of photo-based work in North America featuring both local and international artists.

This cultural landmark is located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, within an easy walk of the boutique Auberge Hotel. The large open square in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery is a natural gathering spot for impassioned artists, musicians, vendors and protestors.

On select Fridays, the art gallery is transformed into a place for art, music and live performances to intersect at Fuse. You will need to buy tickets well in advance for this popular event.

Dining at the Gallery Café, just above the gift shop, is another Vancouver tradition. Enjoy a wide range of delicacies from elegant entrees and tasty soups and salads to sinfully decadent desserts. Classical music, breathtaking floral arrangements, and one of the best outdoor patios in the city complete the experience.

The Vancouver Art Gallery also offers a diverse range of educational programs, tours, workshops, artist talks, symposia and special events throughout the year.