Founded in 1931, the Vancouver Art Gallery is recognized as one of the most respected and innovative visual arts institutions in Canada and is committed to strengthening ties between artists and diverse communities throughout the city, the province, and beyond. As the largest public art museum in western Canada, the gallery features the work of groundbreaking contemporary artists from around the world, presents historical art of international significance, is committed to exploring the art of Asia, and provides a global platform for British Columbia’s dynamic artistic community, including the work of First Nations artists. Its growing collection represents the most comprehensive resource for art in British Columbia and is the principal repository for visual art produced in the region, as well as related works by other notable Canadian and international artists. The gallery also places an emphasis on advancing scholarship through major publications and presents a multitude of public programs that offer new ways to consider art for visitors who come from throughout the region and from around the world.
In response to the significant growth in collections, exhibitions, and attendance over the past decade, the gallery announced in 2014 the selection of Herzog & de Meuron for the design of a new and expanded home in downtown Vancouver. The future facility will double the gallery’s current size and will be a vital catalyst for Vancouver, enhancing the city’s cultural community and serving as a centre for cross-cultural dialogue and exchange in the visual arts.
The Vancouver Art Gallery is a not-for-profit organization supported by its members, individual donors, corporate funders, foundations, the City of Vancouver, the Province of British Columbia through the BC Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts.
Note: gallery hours are subject to change, please call to verify hours before visiting