Architecture Cultural Vancouver

Libraries and Museums

Libraries in Vancouver include the Vancouver Public Library with its main branch at Library Square, designed by Moshe Safdie. The central branch contains 1.5 million volumes. Altogether there are twenty-two branches containing 2.25 million volumes. The Vancouver Tool Library is Canada’s original tool lending library.

Vancouver Public Library

The Vancouver Art Gallery has a permanent collection of nearly 10,000 items and is the home of a significant number of works by Emily Carr. However, little or none of the permanent collection is ever on view. Downtown is also home to the Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver), which showcases temporary exhibitions by up-and-coming Vancouver artists. The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery with a small collection of contemporary works is part of the University of British Columbia.

“I think that one’s art is a growth inside one. I do not think one can explain growth. It is silent and subtle. One does not keep digging up a plant to see how it grows.”

Emily Carr

In the Kitsilano district are the Vancouver Maritime Museum, the H. R. MacMillan Space Centre, and the Vancouver Museum, the largest civic museum in Canada. The Museum of Anthropology at UBC is a leading museum of Pacific Northwest Coast First Nations culture. A more interactive museum is Science World at the head of False Creek. The city also features a diverse collection of Public Art.

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Visual Art

The Vancouver School of conceptual photography (often referred to as photo-conceptualism) is a term applied to a grouping of artists from Vancouver who achieved international recognition starting in the 1980s. No formal “school” exists and the grouping remains both informal and often controversial even among the artists themselves, who often resist the term. Artists associated with the term include Jeff Wall, Ian Wallace, Ken Lum, Roy Arden, Stan Douglas and Rodney Graham.

Vancouver has a history of Aboriginal art. Examples of this can be seen at the Museum of Anthropology.

Stanley Park

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Vancouver Politics

City Council and the Vancouver Park Board provide the vision and direction for the future of Vancouver.

Your elected officials use the expertise of the people of Vancouver (some who serve on advisory boards and committees) and staff (who work in specialized areas) to shape decisions and plans.

Vancouver has a history of engaged citizens and activists who have contributed to making Vancouver one of the most liveable cities. Together, we are creating the greenest city in the world by 2020.

Vancouver’s City Hall

Built during the depths of the Depression, this landmark structure envisioned by Mayor G.G. McGeer was both a make-work project, and a symbol of the newly enlarged city, the result of amalgamation with Point Grey and South Vancouver.

Vancouver City Hall opened December 4, 1936, and was designated a heritage building in 1976.

City Hall is located at 453 West 12th Avenue. Visitors can view the lobby, stairwells, elevator, and third floor council chambers Monday to Friday between 8:30am and 5pm. Vancouver City Hall is closed Saturday and Sunday.

By Sea, Land, and Air We Prosper

Motto of Vancouver

City Council

  • Kennedy Stewart (Mayor)
  • Rebecca Bligh
  • Christine Boyle
  • Adriane Carr
  • Melissa De Genova
  • Lisa Dominato
  • Pete Fry
  • Colleen Hardwick
  • Sarah Kirby-Yung
  • Jean Swanson
  • Michael Wiebe

Park Board

  • Tricia Barker
  • John Coupar
  • Dave Demers
  • Camil Dumont
  • Gwen Giesbrecht
  • John Irwin
  • Stuart Mackinnon

School Board

  • Janet Fraser
  • Carmen Cho
  • Fraser Ballantyne
  • Lois Chan-Pedley
  • Estrellita Gonzalez
  • Oliver C. Hanson
  • Barb Parrott
  • Jennifer Reddy
  • Allan Wong