Collections

The artifacts in the Museum of Vancouver's collection have been accumulating for over one hundred years. The collection houses important historical, ethnographic, archaeological, Asian studies, and natural history objects. When the Art, Historical and Scientific Association (the original MOV) first formed in 1894, the goal was to showcase the curiosities of the world for the enlightenment of Vancouverites. While building and refining these collections, and at the same time developing a Vancouver history collection, the museum continued on this broad collecting path.

In 2009, the MOV underwent a transformational process that has resulted in a new direction and vision for the organization. Now our primary goal is to showcase Vancouver to the world and we are focusing our collection development accordingly. New acquisitions centre on reflecting the Vancouver story, from major directional shifts in communities to those items that create everyday memories.

To get a taste of the variety of artifacts in the MOV's collection, browse through the above sampler of featured artifacts. For a more in-depth look, explore our new publically accessible on-line database, "openMOV". New artifacts and images are being added on a regular basis so check back often.

The creation of a web accessible database and associated digitized images has been made possible through grants from the City of Vancouver, BC Arts Council, Museums Assistance Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage, and the Irving K. Barber BC History Digitization Project.