When not learning about theological librarianship at Atla Annual, you may want to visit some of the museums, galleries, and other attractions in Vancouver. Below are some recommended sites to visit.
Opened in 1969, the Bloedel Conservatory is a “domed lush paradise” at the top of Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver. The conservatory is home to over 200 colourful, free-flying birds such as parrots, macaws, cockatoos, and finches as well as“500 exotic plants and flowers thrive within its temperature-controlled environment.” Adult tickets are $6.75, Senior tickets are $4.55, and the conservatory is open from 10 am – 8 pm.
VanDusen Botanical Garden
VanDusen Botanical Garden is a beautiful 55-acre idyll featuring “over 7,500 plant species and varieties from around the world!” Enjoy watching the wildlife, winding your way through an Elizabethan hedge maze, or relaxing with a glass of wine in the scenic surroundings of the Shaughnessy Restaurant. VanDusen offers guided walking tours of the garden from 1 pm – 3 pm. Adult tickets are $11.25, Senior tickets are $8.45, and the park is open from 9 am – 8 pm.
Vancouver Art Gallery
Located in the heart of downtown, the Vancouver Art Gallery offers unique and fascinating works of art to consider and contemplate. During Atla Annual, the gallery will have two exhibits on display. The first, Views of the Collection: The Street, comprises more than 50 paintings, photographs, sculptures, and video, focusing on the urban street as the intersection between the private and public realms. The second exhibit is Moving Still: Performative Photography in India, which “explores themes of migration, gender, religion, and national identity.” The gallery offers tours during the day and Adult tickets are $24 and Senior tickets are $20. The gallery is open most days from 10 am – 5 pm but will be closed on June 15 for a private event.
Museum of Vancouver
The Museum of Vancouver offers a wide variety of exhibitions to explore. Among the exhibitions that will be on display during Atla Annual are There is Truth Here: Creativity and Resilience in Children’s Art from Indian Residential and Day Schools, Wild Things: The Power of Nature in Our Lives, Haida Now, and Dragon Jars and Lotus Bowls. The museum’s hours vary by day; Adult tickets are $20.50 and Senior tickets are $17.25.
The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre
The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre shares a foyer with the Museum of Vancouver (H.R. MacMillan is also the namesake of the H.R. MacMillian Library at the Vancouver School of Theology, our city’s prominent Protestant mainline seminary). The space centre has a host of interesting and informative films to watch such as Capcom Go!: The Apollo Story and The Colour of Fire: An Astronomer’s Tool. The space centre is open from 10 am to 5 pm; Adult tickets are $19.50 and Senior tickets are $16.50.
Vancouver Maritime Museum
If space doesn’t float your boat, the Vancouver Maritime Museum will! Celebrating its 60th year, the Maritime Museum has several exhibitions on display, including The Girls are Coming!: A Visual Voyage of Bride Ship Tynemouth and Making Waves: The Story and Legacy of Greenpeace. Adult tickets are $13.50 and Senior tickets are $11.00. The Museum of Vancouver, the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, and the Vancouver Maritime Museum are all located in Vanier Park, making it easy to visit all three!
Museum of Anthropology
Located at the University of British Columbia, the Museum of Anthropology has a mission to is committed to promote “awareness and understanding of culturally diverse ways of knowing the world through challenging and innovative programs and partnerships with Indigenous, local and global communities.” The museum currently has an exhibition called Shadows, Strings, and Other Things: The Enchanting Theatre of Puppets on display. The museum is open 10 am – 5 pm (except Thursday when it closes at 9 pm); Adult tickets are $18 and Senior tickets are $16.
Science World’s orb provides Vancouver with one of its landmark buildings. The current feature exhibition is A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature, “an interactive and immersive exhibition that exposes and explains the mathematical patterns that abound in the natural world.” Science World is open Monday to Friday 10 am – 5 pm and on the weekends from 10 am – 6 pm; Adult tickets are $27.15 and Senior tickets are $21.70.