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Museum of Anthropology, UBC

The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at the University of British Columbia is world-renowned for its collections, research, teaching, public programs, and community connections. It is also acclaimed for its spectacular architecture and unique setting on the cliffs of Point Grey. 

With some 35,000 objects in its collection, MOA is Canada’s largest teaching museum. Its collection includes contemporary and traditional arts from all continents, including significant collections from East and South Asia, the South Pacific, the Americas, Africa, and Europe. However, it is the Museum’s Northwest Coast collection that it is best known for, especially the monumental sculptures exhibited in the Great Hall. Its extensive collections offer opportunity for comparison and study by scholars, as well as for community-based research by artists, elders, students, and others.

In addition to long-term and special exhibitions, MOA offers over 100 public programs annually, including guided tours, school programs, theatrical and musical performances, lectures, artist residencies, and workshops. Interdisciplinary university courses are taught in museum studies, anthropology, archaeology, fine arts, and conservation, all of which prepare students to enter and effectively contribute to the work of museums around the world.

Great Hall at MOA