Vancouver Museums and Galleries

Vancouver Art Gallery

Located in Vancouver’s downtown core, the Vancouver Art Gallery is the largest art gallery in Western Canada and is one of the most respected in Canada. The Vancouver Art Gallery is home to international travelling pieces from various artists as well as over 200 permanent pieces by the noteworthy Emily Carr, a local British Columbian.

As the Vancouver Art Gallery contains a deep collection of historical pieces, some refer to it as an art museum rather than an art gallery. Time-honoured architecture and a centralized location make the Vancouver Art Gallery a popular host to indoor & outdoor public events. This only adds to the city’s character as all sorts of creative types entertain the passing crowd daily.

750 Hornby Street, Vancouver B.C.


Equinox is the most popular gallery in Vancouver for those in the know. This gallery strives to only display art of the highest quality from internationally renowned Canadian sculptors, printmakers, photographers, and painters. Although not overtly controversial or tense, displays here range from high realism to abstract. Equinox is located across the Granville Street Bridge close to Broadway Street.

2321 Granville Street, Vancouver B.C.

Contemporary Art Gallery

The Contemporary Art Gallery has grown from a Canadian Government establishment in 1971, to the only independent non-profit public art gallery in downtown Vancouver. In 2005 the Contemporary Art Gallery collaborated with Rethink Communications to create a “Button Wall.” Over 50,000 buttons were pinned to the gallery’s exterior each with an individual word representing one of a hundred possible responses to contemporary art. People were permitted to take as many buttons home as they wished garnering the gallery loads of local recognition to further promote contemporary art.

The Contemporary Art Gallery stands apart from other Vancouver galleries as it not only exhibits visual art, it also facilitates education and outreach programs, organizes public talks, generates publications, and more.

555 Nelson Street, Vancouver B.C.

Museum of Anthropology

Located at the University of British Columbia, the Museum of Anthropology focuses on local First Nations art. A stunning assortment of First Nation totem poles, tools, and weaponry can be appreciated here. Many of these items are held at the Museum’s Visible Storage Gallery which is home to over 15,000 historic artefacts. The world’s largest collection of works by Bill Reid, an internationally recognized Haida artist, can also be found here including his most popular piece, “Raven and the First Men.”

6393 Northwest Marine Drive, Vancouver B.C.

Roedde House Museum

Built in 1893, Vancouver’s Roedde House Museum is a late-Victorian home restored to represent the day-to-day life of a middle class family at the turn of the last century. Unlike other house museums, rooms here are not roped off or behind glass. Some of the house’s objects can be touched and even handled with care.

The museum offers guided tours, lecture series’, and elementary school packages. The house and surrounding park area, which is neighboured by other heritage houses dating from 1890 to 1908, can be rented for weddings, meetings, receptions, photo shoots, and other private events.

1415 Barclay Street, Vancouver B.C.

Museum of Vancouver

The Museum of Vancouver is the largest civic museum in Canada and home to over 100,000 objects. Located just across the Burrard Street Bridge in Vancouver’s Vanier Park, this museum boasts permanent exhibits which date back to the early 1900′s. These exhibits help illustrate Vancouver’s story and are used to provoke conversations on Vancouver’s past, present, and future.

Visit the Museum of Vancouver’s official website before heading out to see what’s on display while you’re in town. The Museum of Vancouver offers affordable family packages and is a great place to spend a rainy day in the city.

1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver B.C.

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Art Galleries In Yorkshire

If you’re looking for an art gallery in Yorkshire then you’ll be spoilt for choice because there are a grand total of 39 to choose from, dotted across the county. Whether you’re looking for the works of great artists such as Doug Hyde, Rolf Harris and even Bob Dylan or drawings, glass and fine art from across the globe, it’s all on view in the galleries of Yorkshire. As you would expect in Yorkshire, the galleries are open, friendly and welcoming, making art accessible to people of all ages. Anyone from across the country and world wishing to adorn their walls with some one-offs and limited edition prints or their sideboards with some exotic china wear can view and purchase pieces in one of the houses of art.

Aside from the rare and unique range of artwork available to view and buy, one other major difference that sets the art galleries in Yorkshire apart from other in the UK, is the staff. They’re all Tykes – passionate, knowledgeable and friendly with a focus on helping people find the piece that they really want and educate them along the way. They know how important the right piece of artwork is to the individual, after all art says something about it’s creator and it’s owner.

When you consider all the galleries in Yorkshire, you see a unique balance of creative understanding and home decoration consideration that really makes art community one of the best in the country for appreciators and buyers. Remember: the right artwork can turn a house into a home and a blank wall or vacant space into a talking point, which is why getting the right choice is of the utmost importance.

If you want to buy some art and don’t fancy trawling around all the galleries looking for the piece you want, you can actually view many pieces for sale on the respective websites. This can be done from the comfort of your own home, but personally I think there’s nothing that beats going down to your local gallery and getting face to face with art.

Thanks for reading! I’m a contributory writer for Smart Gallery on their website. I write about their work as an art gallery in Yorkshire as well as about paintings, limited edition prints, ceramics and glass ware.

Buying Fine Art From A Gallery: Brick And Mortar, Auction Or Online

You would like to make a change by adding accents to the beauty of your home without the expense or disruption of remodeling. What better way to do this than to add a decoratively framed painting or high quality print, or perhaps to add a lovely silver or bronze sculpture by a famous artist to enhance the décor of any room of your home. An unusual or unique work of fine art would certainly capture the attention of anyone who enters that room. Now the question is where to find the ideal unique work of fine art that will blend perfectly with your tastes and home décor at the most reasonable price.

Whether you are looking for that perfect original painting, high quality lithograph, giclee or heliogravure print, bronze sculpture or any other work of fine art, you must now decide where you can get the best value for your money. Should you visit an art gallery, attend an auction or search online? There are advantages and disadvantages to every option, so let’s take a look at some of those differences.

If you live near one or many art galleries or if there is an auction that is taking place nearby, you might enjoy wandering about and looking through their selections. The big advantage here is having the ability to examine the artwork in person. However, many people do not live in an area where the art galleries or auction houses are abundant, so they might be limited in the opportunity to find a work of art that is most appealing and would appropriately add accent to your home or office decor. An online search does not give you the ability to see the artwork first hand, but you would certainly have a far greater selection of fine art, including rare unusual and unique paintings, high quality prints and sculptures by famous artists that you might not find when confined to the limited offerings found at a brick and mortar gallery or auction event. A greater selection from which to choose gives you the opportunity to find what truly appeals to you.

You can overcome the disadvantage of the inability to examine the work of art firsthand when making a purchase online by ensuring that the return policy is favorable in the event that you are disappointed with the artwork once it arrives at your home. When purchasing from a brick and mortar art gallery, the return policy must be carefully determined, since most do not allow returns unless the artwork was damaged in shipping. Purchases made at an auction (online or in person) never allow returns. All sales are final. So, when purchasing from a brick and mortar art gallery or at an auction, you must be certain that you will love that beautiful painting, print or sculpture in your home or office. If not, you will suffer a great deal of buyer’s remorse and be burdened with having paid for something with which you are unhappy or does not complement your home décor once you got it home. Although many online fine art galleries also declare sales to be final, not all do. It’s just a matter of doing your homework to find one that has a liberal return policy.

Purchasing from a brick and mortar establishment means higher costs to the buyer. There are overhead costs, such as rent, heating costs and far more. These costs are obviously part of doing business for these galleries, but naturally it is the buyer who must cover those costs which are built into the price of the artwork in order for the company to survive. The more unusual, unique or rare a painting, print or sculpture, the higher the price will be boosted. Purchasing from an art auction has its built-in costs, too, but that added cost is made clear to the art collector or buyer. An auction company will include a buyer’s premium of anywhere from 10% to 20% that is automatically added to the price of your fine art purchase. This buyer’s premium will be imposed by some online sites as well, so it’s very important that you read the fine print or ask the right questions before you make any purchase of fine art.

Another expense to consider is the shipping and handling costs. If you are purchasing from a gallery or auction which you are attending, you can certainly take your art purchase with you, if feasible. If not, there will certainly be a charge to ship, including insurance costs to you, the buyer. If you purchase online, you may or may not avoid shipping costs, although it is possible to find a rare fine art online gallery that will offer free shipping and handling.

Lastly, the buyer will have to pay sales tax on the purchase whenever selecting that beautiful unique painting, high quality print or silver or bronze sculpture from a brick and mortar gallery or auction house. Since fine art is rarely insignificant in cost, the sales tax can take a big bite out of your budget. The only way to avoid this cost is to purchase the artwork from a dealer that does not have gallery or run an auction in your state. If you purchase your artwork from an online gallery, you usually can avoid the sales tax which can be a substantial savings.

In reviewing the three options, you certainly can see that, although you might be able to see the work of art firsthand at a brick and mortar art gallery or live auction, the final purchase price will cost you the most for your final artwork selection. Your artwork will carry with it one or more of the following additions: overhead costs, buyer’s premiums, shipping costs and sales tax. You also will probably be subject to a final sale policy of no returns. On the other hand, by purchasing from some online galleries, your costs may not include these extra charges. Your money will go directly toward that unique work of art that you love and which appeals to your home décor taste. This will not only make the unusual or rare artwork that you chose for your home fine art collection more affordable, but it may allow you the ability to stretch your budget to purchase a piece of art by a famous artist that you might not have been able to afford had you purchased it elsewhere. Shipping may or may not be free, but a search for the right online fine art gallery will find you that benefit as well. Don’t ever underestimate good customer service either.

My last and final word of advice, regardless of where you purchase the fine art or how much it costs, is that you fall in love with that work of art. It will be yours for a long time and you should always look at it with admiration and joy.