Date Event
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May 25, 2016 / 6:00 PM
2016 Annual General Meeting

Museum of Vancouver Members and a guest are invited to join us for a fun filled evening of wine, refreshments and entertainment at our Annual General Meeting. Learn more about the Museum, celebrate our incredible year, and hear Expo '86 Chief Architect Bruno Freschi speak on the development of the Expo Vision and Master Plan using the original 35 mm slides. This event provides a great opportunity to explore our new display of Expo '86 objects. 

Bruno Freschi, Expo '86 Chief Architect

What: MOV Annual General Meeting + Recollecting Expo '86 with Bruno Freschi

When: Wednesday May 25, 2016, 6:00-8:30pm

Where: Museum of Vancouver at Vanier Park (1100 Chestnut Street)

RSVP to: by May 18. 



Recollecting Expo '86

Expo '86 was a game changer for Vancouver and remains one of the largest public event ever held in British Columbia. Attracting over 22 million visitors, Expo '86 gave Vancouver international stature and transformed us into a bold city with boundless potential. With Recollecting Expo '86 - a small display in the MOV studio - the Museum of Vancouver marks the 30th anniversary of the opening of the 1986 World Exposition on Transportation and Communication. It also spotlights the important role of collectors as memory keepers. This display presents a fraction of Pete Visscher's impressive collection of Expo 86 memorabilia.


As a member you can also submit nominations for Elected Directors. 

Nominations for Elected Directors need to be made 30 days prior to the Annual General Meeting. Any nomination must be given to the Museum in writing, signed by two members, and accompanied by the written consent of the nominee. Please send care of VMS Secretary to 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver, BC, V6J 3J9 or email to


If you are not a Member, but would like to attend this event...

Becoming a Member is easy! To join, either complete our online form or call our Visitor Services staff at 604-736-4431. For more information, please visit our Membership page.

June 02, 2016 / 6:00 PM
Transporting Expo 86: Bikes, Beers and Bali

Highway 86 Installation. Photo: SITE  

Have a beer, open your ears, sit back and enjoy the ride!

The Museum of Vancouver continues to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Expo 86 with a celebratory evening of presentations and musical performance that recall Expo's central theme: transportation. Transportation and mobility was instrumental to both the design and engagement of Expo 86; the prototype launch of Vancouver's Skytrain, the fair's playful Highway 86 installation and the various pavilions featuring mobility and transit engineering all worked to create a future vision (some actualized, some imagined) for greater mobility.
Panelists will present thoughtful recollections and engaged analysis of Expo's preoccupation with transportation and consider ways in which it has helped define Vancouver's transportation development and urban design.
This event will additionally feature two sets of live music by local ensemble, Gamelan Bike Bike, a group of cycle enthusiasts who collect discarded bicycle parts, creatively reused as instruments to explore traditional Gamelan arrangements and composition. Expo 86 hosted the first International Gamelan Festival with performances by visiting musicians from Bali. 
MOV will offer an on-site Bicycle Valet, free with admission. We encourage patrons to cycle to the event in support of Bike to Work Week.  
Date: Thursday, June 2
Time: Bar opens at 6:00pm. First performance at 6:30pm, presentation and discussion at 7:00pm. Second performance to follow discussion. 
Tickets: $15 adults; $11 Students & Seniors; Free for MOV Members

Jenni Pace is an architectural historian and PhD candidate in the field at UBC.  Her research tracks the evolution of community-based design strategies for high density, evolvable type housing from the immediate post-war era to the present day. At the local level she works to facilitate speculative (re)engagement with identity-making institutions and mega events. 
Henry Tsang is a visual and media artist and occasional curator whose work has been exhibited internationally. His projects incorporate digital media, video, photography, language and sculptural elements that follow the relationship between the public, community and identity through global flows of people, culture and capital. He received the VIVA Award in 1993 and teaches at Emily Carr University of Art & Design. 
Alana Green is an Intern Architect, Designer and Artist. Her body of work is interdisciplinary in scope and includes the design of buildings, urban installations, interior graphics, videos, illustrations, material explorations, and environmental branding. Alana currently works as an Intern Architect at Dialog. 
Gamelan Bike Bike found its musical inspiration from Bali, Indonesia and its raw materials from the scrap metal bins of Vancouver. Members of the ensemble collected over 100 discarded bicycle frames to build their instruments, tuned to the musical scale known as ‘pelog’. The result is a colorful array of metallophone instruments that are brought alive by the ensemble’s twelve musicians. Influenced by the dynamic and explosive energy of a gamelan gong kebyar, Gamelan Bike Bike is composing new and original works for gamelan music on the West Coast.
Michael Tenzer is a composer, performer, music educator and scholar who has been deeply involved with gamelan music of Bali, Indonesia. In 1979, Tenzer co-founded Gamelan Sekar Jaya in Berkeley, California, an organization dedicated to the performance of Balinese arts. He visited Vancouver with Sekar Jaya during Expo 86' to perform at the first ever International Gamelan Festival. Since 1996 Tenzer has directed Gamelan Gita Asmara in Vancouver.


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