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Tours

Enjoy free public tours of MOA delivered by Volunteer Associates throughout the day.

Public Tours

Daily

11 am: MOA Tour (60 minutes) or Guide’s Choice Tour (30 minutes)

1 pm: Guide’s Choice Tour (30 minutes)

2 pm: MOA Tour (60 minutes) or Guide’s Choice Tour (30 minutes)

3:30 pm: Guide’s Choice Tour (30 minutes)

Thursday

6 pm: MOA Tour (60 minutes)


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MOA Tour (60 minutes)
This tour explores the highlights of the many galleries at MOA. The tour provides visitors with an introduction to MOA’s Northwest Coast collections, the Koerner European Ceramics collection and the Multiversity Galleries, as well as an in-depth look at Bill Reid’s The Raven and the First Men. You will also be introduced to the themes of any temporary exhibitions.

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Guide’s Choice Tour (30 minutes)
Join MOA’s experienced Gallery Guides on a 30-minute tour of their choice, offering you a new perspective of the Museum and its collections. Each day the Gallery Guide will select one of the following tours to give: Clothing the World Tour, Northwest Coast Highlights Tour, Outside Tour or Potlatch Tour (descriptions of each tour are listed below).


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Clothing the World Tour (30 minutes)
This tour offers a look at MOA’s extensive collection of textiles. It features the masterworks from the Northwest Coast First Nations collection. Visitors will see examples of clothing and textiles from other cultures and develop an appreciation for resources, tools and techniques used around the globe.

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Northwest Coast Highlights Tour (30 minutes)
This tour focuses on iconic cedar pieces that represent the Musqueam, Kwakwaka’wakw and Haida First Nations of the Northwest Coast. The tour highlights poles, bentwood boxes, feast dishes, canoes and basketry, as well as the Bill Reid sculpture The Raven and the First Men.

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Outside Tour (30 minutes)
This tour takes visitors outside to the Museum grounds to see Arthur Erickson’s inspirational architecture. Visitors will be introduced to the contemporary house posts by Musqueam artist Susan Point, and poles by artists Bill Reid, Jim Hart, Mungo Martin and others, as well as visit inside the Haida House.

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Potlatch Tour (30 minutes)
This tour introduces the Kwakwaka’wakw Potlatch, a very important First Nations ceremony. Highlighting examples of the regalia worn and the masks and headdresses danced in such ceremonies, this tour provides visitors with the opportunity to handle masks carved by First Nations artists before watching a short video of Potlatch scenes.


Private Tours

You can request a private tour of  MOA with a tour guide or with a MOA curator. Tours are 60 minutes in length.

The cost for a student guide is $75 plus tax during public hours, $150 plus tax outside public hours.
The cost for a MOA curator or staff guide is $200 plus tax during public hours, $250 plus tax outside public hours.

Each tour can accommodate up to 25 people. A maximum of 15 people for ESL groups is recommended.
Groups of ten or more are eligible for a group admission rate of $16 adults and $13 seniors and students.

To Book a Private Tour
Tours must be requested two weeks in advance and are booked based on the availability of tour guides and staff. Your booking will be confirmed only when a tour guide or staff person has been scheduled.

To request a tour, please contact Bookings at 604.822.3825, bookings@moa.ubc.ca.

School Groups
MOA offers a full range of elementary and secondary school programs for students. We also offer student rates for self-guided visits.

For more information on school programs, contact Bookings at 604.822.3825, bookings@moa.ubc.ca.