On view until January 28, 2018: Amazonia explores the creative ideas that inspire Indigenous resistance to threats facing the world’s largest rainforest. Featuring basketry, textiles, carvings, feather works and ceramics, the exhibition challenges us to examine our own notions of holistic well-being.

On view until April 9, 2017: We wear clothing not only to keep us warm, but to express our beliefs, social status and political identity. This stunning exhibition showcases more than 130 handmade textiles from around the globe, drawn from the largest collection in Western Canada.

You can now browse through 40,000 objects and nearly 80,000 object images in MOA’s Collections Online (CAT). And the Reciprocal Research Network (RRN) brings together 430,000 object records and associated images from 19 institutions.

Explore the Museum


The Curatorial Department supports initiatives, including research, exhibitions, and publishing, that help to build respectful relationships and mutual understanding with cultural communities represented through MOA’s collections.


Public programs offer a dynamic range of events for the general public ranging from lectures, films and screenings, to dance and musical performances and workshops.


We offer students opportunities to explore various cultural traditions through a series of unique school programs.


MOA Journeys gives art lovers the opportunity to gain new insights and fresh perspectives on art and culture around the globe with bespoke trips guided by Museum staff and guest curators.


Spaces at MOA can be rented for weddings or a variety of corporate and community events – all with opportunities for exclusive enjoyment of our galleries and stunning ocean views.


MOA houses over 40,000 ethnographic objects from almost every part of the world, including the South Pacific, Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas.


The MOA Centre for Cultural Research (CCR) undertakes research on world arts and cultures, and supports research activities and collaborative partnerships through a number of spaces.


The Audrey & Harry Hawthorn Library & Archives is home to an excellent selection of research material that complements MOA's collections.


The Oral History and Language Laboratory (OHLL) is a media recording, digitization and editing facility that provides technical services, support and consultation in the areas of media recording, digitization and preservation.


Conservation staff is responsible for safeguarding the Museum’s collections and ensuring their long-term preservation through both prevention and treatment.


The Museum Shop offers a diverse and engaging collection of handcrafted objects created by local and international artisans. Shop selections are guided by current exhibitions, and strengthened through relationships developed by MOA staff and artists across the globe.


This collaborative work-study program provides students with an opportunity to learn about traditional and contemporary Northwest Coast cultures from their own experiences and research, and from local First Nations guest speakers.

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