Arts & Culture in Vancouver

From local plays to touring exhibitions, this is where local Airbnb hosts go to get in touch with their creative side.

Best of the best

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The Vancouver Art Gallery is the fifth-largest art gallery in Canada and the largest in Western Canada. It is located downtown Vancouver. Its permanent collection of about 11,000 artworks includes ... read more

Housed (for the time being — its new home will be built at West Georgia and Cambie) in a beautiful neoclassical courthouse located in the thick of Robson Street’s hustle-and-bustle, the Vancouver A... read more

This is Vancouver's main art gallery. It has changing exhibits as well as an impressive permanent collection. Best kept secret: the gallery cafe is located upstairs from the lobby (or you can acces... read more

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Science World at Telus World of Science, is a science centre run by a not-for-profit organization in Vancouver. It is located at the end of False Creek, and features many permanent interactive exhi... read more

Science World at Telus World of Science, Vancouver is a science centre run by a not-for-profit organization in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It is located at the end of False Creek, and feat... read more

Interactive science displays & films for kids from toddlers to early teens, inside a geodesic dome; Science World is one of Vancouver's most recognized landmarks. Science World is a 20-30 minute wa... read more

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The Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia (UBC) campus in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada is renowned for its displays of world arts and cultures, in particular works by ... read more

A beautifully designed and curated museum on the grounds of the University of British Columbia. While the focus is on world cultures, I particularly love the artifacts, craft work, and exploration ... read more

The Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia campus in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada is renowned for its displays of world arts and cultures, in particular works by First ... read more

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My Alma Mater! Beautiful campus right by the water, with a botonical garden, anthropology museum, Wreck beach (clothing optional), Nitobe (Japanese) Garden, Golf Course etc. Truly BC at it's finest

The UBC campus is among the iconic university campus settings in the world. Surrounded on 3 sides by cliffs that drop to the Pacific Ocean and with miles of trails through old growth forest on the... read more

Also known as University of British Columbia. Founded in 1908. You will find multiple museums (Anthropology and Beaty Biodiversity), gardens (Rose) and unique buildings (libraries and Student Union... read more

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Cinplex movie cinema featuring nine screens to catch the latest flick from Hollywood.

Catch a movie in this Downtown central movie theater! It offers Hollywood mainstream movies and some in 3D!

Modern multiplex cinema chain screening the latest Hollywood films, plus new independent releases.

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The downtown core with everything - restaurants, tourist attractions etc. The Number 7 bus takes you directly there. Get off anywhere on Granville St Downtown or afterwards in Gastown.

The is the downtown central Vacnouver Public LIbrary. It is a great place for book lovers. The architecture mimics the Colosseum in Rome. It's one of the downtown Vancouver landmarks.

Get lost in the literary world at the Vancouver Public Library’s central branch. This nine-storey, Coliseum-like structure holds more than 1.3 million books, periodicals and reference materials, an... read more

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Largest civic museum in Canada telling the history of Vancouver with contemporary, groundbreaking feature exhibits. Walk along the False Creek seawall afterwards!

Fantastic location, walk around the park in front of the Museum. You can go to the planetarium here as well. It is the best place to fly a kite. The East Vancouver version of this park is New Brigh... read more

A great spot to spend a few hours, either on your own or with kids. The displays are always changing, and there is a lot of Vancouver history in the permanent installations. We live here and we s... read more

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From my friend, Anna - One of the last independent theatres in Vancouver and probably my favourite place when I'm home. There's cool midnight features every Friday and fun events like Rocky Horror ... read more

Voted #1 in Vancouver, The Rio is a multimedia venue for premier independent cinema and much more. Showcasing first-run feature films, indie films, classic films, local & international films, hosti... read more

Voted #1 in Vancouver, The Rio is a multimedia venue for premier independent cinema and much more. Showcasing first-run feature films, indie films, classic films, local & international films, hosti... read more

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Large lap pool, large toddler pool that gradually deepens to the 'lazy river' (my favorite). 80 person hot tub. Steam room and sauna. The local library, ice rink, fitness center.

A Legacy from the 2010 Winter Olympics, this facility has indoor/outdoor pools, hot tub, sauna, steam room, gym, rink and local library. Nonmembers are welcome for a small fee.

Great place for everyone! This Community Centre is one of the best in the city. Features include: Library, Blue Parrot Coffee, Indoor Ice rink, fitness and swimming pool, and lots of programs..

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Simon Fraser University and it's "UniverCity" atmosphere has increased its appeal to more than students and faculty. The village on the mountain has shops and food outlets, spectacular views of the... read more

Simon Fraser University just celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2016. It's unique architecture and scenic mountain views are a great attraction. SFU has been considered one of the top universities ... read more

Continually ranked the #1 comprehensive university in Canada, stunning views from Campus. The history of Simon Fraser University is reflected in its world-renowned architecture. Located atop Burn... read more

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Home of the Vancouver Symphony. Jazz Festival Venue. Music concerts.

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra plays here. The loveliest concert hall (interior) and acoustics in the city.

Orpheum Theatre was designated a national historic site of Canada in 1979, because it is a good example of a Canadian movie palace, and one of the few to survive in relatively unchanged condition.

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Music venue, nightclub, lounge. All sorts of great shows including a really good burlesque and also a comedy show. Frequent musicians playing

The Fox Cabaret has a seedy past (before changing ownership and being converted into a live music venue, it was the last standing adult movie theatre in Vancouver), but a funky present.

Former movie theatre offering live performances, with a bar in the old projection room. They usually have something fun every night of the week. Check out the Facebook page for what’s happening.

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There's always something happening at one of Vancouver theaters. Check out: The Stanley, The Art's Club, Waterfront, Centre for Performing Arts as well to see what's on over the summer season.

Large theatre that hosts opera, broadway, rock shows.

Just few steps away: Formerly the home of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, which is now based at the Orpheum, the Queen Elizabeth Theatre is the home of the Vancouver Opera and Ballet BC, in addit... read more

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Every summer, at Vanier Park, Bard on the Beach is always a hit. They put on great productions of Shakespeare's plays and it's a good time for the whole family. Purchase tickets in advance.

From English Bay look south and observe the brightly coloured tents. This is Bard on the Beach - several productions each summer in this glorious setting. Take the wee ferry across.

Shakespeare with a twist...great entertainment. Theatre under tents by the beach. Walk to the beach and follow the sea'll find the Bard. Book your tickets ahead if you can. Seasonal.

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A popular east side entertainment centre, offers dance, plays and musical events through the season. Close to Commercial Drive neighbourhood, lots of groovy restaurants nearby.

The Cultch offers an eclectic mix of theatre productions often created by local playwrights. It's a beautiful space.

An amazing locally owned and operated theatre. Semi fringe, with something for every taste. A staple in the community with 2 locations here and the York Theatre.

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Great collection of marine themes items and the St. Roche ship.

Kids love to take a turn at the wheel and imagine they're ploughing through arctic ice.

Dig Boats? There is a big old one inside here that you can tour (don't worry, it stays on land).

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Take a rocket ship to Mars on an immersive ride, view the night sky in the observatory or soak up a planetarium show at this marvellous space museum.

We used to go here to watch laser light shows set to retro bands like Pink Floyd or Led Zeppelin. I think there's a lot more to it now - probably pretty cool if you or your kids like space stuff.

Planetarium- shows are amazing

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Elegant 650-seat venue for musicals & 20th-century classic plays by the Arts Club Theatre Company

Located in the South Granville area, this is the Arts Clubs second location and serves up a different selection of theatrical productions. Open year round.

The Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage is a landmark theatre at 12th Avenue and Granville Street which serves as the main stage for the Arts Club Theatre Company. Opened in 1930. Elegant 650-seat ... read more

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19th & 20th Century mining history captured in time, many pieces of equipment still working and in original condition. Highly Educational and a lot of fun, especially riding the train into the mou... read more

Wonderful tour of the local mining industry - great for sure to check out the famous fish and chips shack across the street from the mine. Mountain Woman makes some fantastic burgers ... read more

A trip back in time. Take a tour and visit the tunnel and processing building of the Britannia Mine. Learned about the lives of the people who lived there. Just for fun, try your hand at gold panning.

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The Burnaby Village Museum, previously known as the Heritage Village, is an open-air museum in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, located at Deer Lake Park. Wikipedia

A place Where History Comes to Life – stroll down the streets of our 1920s tram-stop community. Period costumed townsfolk welcome visitors and give demonstrations in the homes, businesses and shops... read more

Come and ride the carousel! $2.50 for a ride and you won't be disappointed. Feel immersed in a 1800s atmosphere, reproduction of a little town with nice old-style shops and the beautiful Burnaby tr... read more

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Professional theatre recently renovated with red plush seats and hosts various performance events.

100 year old theatre rescued from demolition and fully renovated a few years ago.

Part of the Cultch Theater family, this local icon has some of the best semi-fringe theater productions in the city.

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Canada's second longest running improv company, 35 years strong. Live improv comedy 5 nights a week, 52 weeks a year. I've been performing here since 2000.

For an evening of hilarious laughs and fun, nothing beats checking out the improv comedy shows by the Vancouver TheatreSports League ( in Granville Island. Tix range from $8-$23 depending... read more

Check-Out a hilarious night of Improv at TheatreSports! Re-occurring shows include Throne of Games, Improv After Dark, and Rookie League. A great place to grab a drink on Granville Island while wat... read more

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Evening and weekend classes + other private colleges

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A gallery of First Nations art by Bill Reid and contemporaries.

A jewel box of a gallery in the heart of downtown; displaying the work of the Iconic west coast artist Bill Reid. ( If you arrived by would pass his amazing sculpture, "The Spirit of Hai... read more

Nestled in the heart of downtown Vancouver, this public gallery is named after the acclaimed Haida artist Bill Reid (1920 - 1998). The Gallery is home to the Simon Fraser University Bill Reid Coll... read more

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Very resourceful including computers to use

This is where you can get city travel tips/information and pickup your free Bicycle Routes / Urban Trails maps, TrainsLink maps etc.. and of course lots of books to read as well.

This library is only one block north from our house, and there is a small square right beside it.

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Presents contemporary and historical art exhibits and events by local, regional, national and international artists in the galleries of Ceperley House and throughout the community.

Awesome area to walk around. Can also rent kayaks on the lake

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A local public library for adult and kid.

State of the art library with childcare facilities and an amazing view of the mountains north for a quiet space to learn or study.

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My favourite gallery on the street

Oldest gallery in Vancouver with iconic amazing artists

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Great exhibitions and little gift shop featuring local artists

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A original Vancouver house from the 1800s

Old Heritage House built in 1893 and used as a museum to show the lifestyle of the Roedde family. A tour Admission only $5 including a guide.