The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) creates Vancouver-focused exhibitions and programs that encourage dynamic conversations about what was, is, and can be Vancouver. Permanent exhibitions tell the city’s stories from the early 1900s to the late 1970s and are complemented by contemporary, groundbreaking feature exhibits.
Since its rebranding in 2009 the MOV has become a leader in the reimagining of museums. Our exhibitions are Vancouver centric and designed to make the viewer think not just about the objects, but their greater context. We've played host to two Venice Biennale in Architecture projects. We've even gone so far as to hire a Curator of Contemporary Issues. We are a bold, contemporary museum, and we can't wait for you to visit.
Awards and Distinctions
2013: Canadian Museum Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in the category of Marketing
2012: Canadian Museum Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in the category of Education for Bhagra.me.
2012: Recipient of Architecture Canada (AIBC) BC Chapter's Architectural Advocacy Award.
2012: 3rd place in Georgia Straight's Best of Vancouver for Best Public Art Gallery in the 2011 Best of Vancouver
2011: 3rd place in Georgia Straight's Best of Vancouver for Best Public Art Gallery in the 2011 Best of Vancouver,
2011: 3rd in the category of Art Gallery (public) in WE Vancouver's Best of the City 2012 reader's choice awards.
2010: Canadian Museum Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in Management.
The Center for the Future of Museums even recognizes the MOV as a thought leader on the topic.
We are excited about our new vision and believe we can create a more relevant and dynamic museum that will attract and inspire a more diversified audience to share in our passion for Vancouver.
In order to realize the vision, the Strategic Plan 2008–2011 identified four strategic priorities:
- Secure our financial and operational stability;
- Develop exhibitions and programs that interpret Vancouver through a broad range of disciplines, put history in a contemporary context, and provoke debate and discussion about the City;
- Enhance our visibility and reputation; and
- Develop a more inclusive and collaborative approach to community involvement in the Museum.
2013-2015 MOV Strategic Plan Document (coming soon)
2008-2011 Strategic Plan Document