1900s-1920s: The Gateway to the Pacific

Permanent Exhibition

Everyone hyping Vancouver? Vancouver in the grip of real estate frenzy? House prices soaring, then crashing?

That’s Vancouver in the early 1900s.

Vancouver became a big city whose busy streets flash by in the 1907 film. Streetcar lines extended south and east, encouraging new developments. Substantial communities of Chinese, Japanese, and South Asians made their homes here, in spite of deep prejudice that flared in the Anti-Asian Riot and the Komagata Maru incident.

The shadow side of Vancouver’s “golden years” becomes harder to ignore. Dreams of safe, prosperous homes in a beautiful corner of the British Empire were tested by economic collapse in 1913 and world war in 1914. 

For Families
Pick up a self-guided tour worksheet when you purchase your admission and your family will have a great time learning fun facts, searching for answers, and chatting about the past.

September 07, 2011 / 10:00 AM
Volunteer Information Session - Weekday Volunteering

Please note there are two available sessions:
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 from 10:00am-12:00pm (weekday volunteering)
Thursday, September 8, 2011 from 6:30pm – 8:00pm (weekend & evening volunteering)

Have you expressed interest in volunteering for the MOV? We would love to meet you! Join us for one of two information sessions this September to learn more about our volunteer opportunities. Areas of volunteering include:

  • school programs
  • marketing and promotions
  • development
  • programming
  • and more!

If you have enquired about volunteering and have not heard back – please accept our apologies. Our ability to respond on an ongoing basis is limited. Rest assured, we are very excited to meet you! We look forward to the chance to talk with you about our volunteer opportunities.

November 10, 2013 / 2:00 PM
Design Sundays | Inside Small Spaces: Designing within density

Design Sundays | Urban Imprints: The Interior Life of West Coast Living
November 10 with Erika Balcombe
Inside Small Spaces: Designing within density

For many, urban living in Vancouver is synonymous with small spaces. As these residential spaces in dense urban centres shrink to ever smaller footprints, we begin to question the meaning of "living". How we define "living" has a lot to do with our happiness in these cozy enclosures. Join Erika Balcombe for an exploration of some of these spaces, and investigate creative strategies for extending living spaces outside of these confines.

Erika Balcombe is an Instructor of Interior Design at the Chip + Shannon Wilson School of Design (KPU). Erika teaches Design Theory which merges her background in both Anthropology and Design.

Date: Sunday, November 10
Time: 2:00pm
Cost: By general admission | MOV members, KPU Faculty, and students FREE
RSVP: http://nov10designsundays.eventbrite.com/



November 3 | Laneway Homes: Emergent evolutions for compact living and sustainability, with Brenda Snaith.

November 10 | Inside Small Spaces: Designing within density, with Erika Balcombe

November 17 | Human Factors: Ergonomics of urban living, with Dan Robinson

November 24 | Screening and Q+A: Coast Modern (documentary film)

About Design Sundays:
Design Sundays @MOV is a series of talks and workshops at the Museum of Vancouver that invites faculty from postsecondary institutions across Vancouver to speak to the wider issues, inspirations, and challenges that configure their design research, practice, and teaching.

Our series for November 2013 is presented in collaboration with the Chip + Shannon School of Design at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and invites the public to learn, share, and discuss the aspects of urban design and living from the perspective of interior/space design, ergonomics, and the underlying utopian ideals of West Coast design that underpins much o f Vancouver's design culture.

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The Ruffled Feathers - Canals of Suzhou - Green Couch Session

Video (Posted: 05/02/13)
Green Couch Sessions w/ Ruffled Feathers in the history galleries