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The Great Hall

The Great Hall features sculptures, textiles, bentwood boxes, feast dishes and canoes from the Northwest Coast, being a spectacular space created by 15 metre high walls of glass and displaying large poles, house posts and carved figures, mostly from the mid-19th century. Works by contemporary artists are also featured including Welcome Figure by Nuu-chah-nulth artist Joe David, Bone Box by Haida artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, and yaahl kingnganggang (Raven Calling) by Haida artist Robert Davidson.

MOA Great Hall canoe hi res

Bill Reid Rotunda

The Museum has the world’s largest collection of works by Haida artist Bill Reid. The Bill Reid Rotunda displays his famous sculpture The Raven and the First Men as well as some of his other works in gold, silver, argillite and wood. With the assistance of several other artists, Reid created this massive work out of a giant block of laminated yellow cedar. It was commissioned by Walter and Marianne Koerner and unveiled by HRH the Prince of Wales in 1980. It depicts a moment in the ancestral past of the Haida people when Raven found the first humans in a clam shell on the beach. For many years, this work was featured on the Canadian $20 dollar bill.