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Bill Reid Gallery

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Address: 639 Hornby Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 2G3, Canada
Phone Number: +1 604-682-3455
11:00 - 17:00
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Wed - Sun 11:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Downtown Vancouver's public gallery named after acclaimed Haida artist Bill...

Downtown Vancouver's public gallery named after acclaimed Haida artist Bill Reid. The Gallery is home to the Simon Fraser University Bill Reid Collection and special exhibitions of contemporary Aboriginal Art of the Northwest Coast. Highlights include Bill Reid's stunning gold and silver jewelry, monumental sculptures and a towering totem pole by James Hart of Haida Gwaii. Visit the Gallery Shop, a source for Northwest Coast gifts, including carefully selected works of original art, finely crafted jewelry, and uniquely designed accessories and giftware. Inspired by the Gallery's exhibitions, featured pieces are authentic and indigenous. All purchases in the Gallery Shop support contemporary Northwest Coast artists. Located in the heart of downtown, just steps from the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Pacific Centre Mall and Canada Line Skytrain City Centre Station.

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This small Downtown gallery displays some of the stunning creations by Canadian artist Bill Reid (Haida and European descent) as well as that done by various First Nations people... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This small Downtown gallery displays some of the stunning creations by Canadian artist Bill Reid (Haida and European descent) as well as that done by various First Nations people. Reid helped to ensure that the great art traditions of indigenous peoples in this area of the world continued and thrived. He also successfully infused the Haida art traditions with contemporary... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Bill Reid was one of Canada’s and British Columbia’s most accomplished artists, working in a variety of art forms and producing works of immense beauty. This museum celebrates his work. The collection is primarily presented chronologically and describes his development as an artist and member of the arts community. The museum is small; you can easily see it in an... More 

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Kingston, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This small gallery was not on my list to visit but I am glad I went. The works of art from Bill Ried ranged from sculptures to totem poles to lovely jewelry. A wonderful example of Native art.The curator was very informative. The gallery is set in a lovely old building with great windows letting in natural light. Judy Chartrand's... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our visit to the Museum of Anthropology had whetted our appetite for the work of Bill Reid and his key role in preserving the cultural heritage of Haida Gwaii. Finding this small museum in Gastown, not far from our hotel, was an unexpected bonus. It contains many of his more important works such as Mythic Messengers, a large bronze frieze... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This small gallery showcases numerous works by one of Canada's most influential Haida artist. Part of the gallery was under refurbishment but still plenty to appreciate.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

As they say at Tiffany, great things sometimes come in small packages, and they are right. This lovely little museum is special in so many ways from its lovely building; to the convenient location; to the helpful, friendly staff; to the spectacular collection of Bill Reid art and other northwestern artifacts. Located in the middle of the hotel district less... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

I was a student at UBC when Bill was carving in a shed behind the Women's Gym reestablishing the culture of the natives, long lost by the missionary zeal of "teaching the natives". This museum is a masterpiece of native art, a true tribute to the returning culture. Don't miss this amazing"little" gallery in the heart of Vancouver.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

This gallery was so beautiful. Excellent floor plan showcasing Bill Reid's extraordinary career. Amazing art.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

I visited this gallery that bears the name of a legend in the Haida art world. It was a great visit with much of the art of Bill Reid available to see. There were many other artists represented but I went to see the work of this special man. I very much enjoyed this legacy of a legend.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

It was educational for us to see the art work of Bill Reid. The gallery was not that big and a good place to visit for about one hour.

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