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Museum of anthropology

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Among the attractions in the canadian city of Vancouver, special attention will always be located on the campus of the University of British Columbia Museum of anthropology.

In 1947, the attention of the General public was presented with a small ethnographic collection of the University of British Columbia, with which, in fact, began the history of the Museum of anthropology. The first exhibition was held in one of the rooms of the Central library of the University, but the Museum's collection grew rapidly, and eventually became acutely the question of the necessity of acquisition or construction for the Museum in a separate building. Funds for construction were allocated by the canadian government only in 1971. By 1976, the Museum was finally built and opened its doors to visitors. Engineered the building of the Museum of the famous canadian architect Arthur Erickson. In 2000-ies was carried out a large-scale reconstruction in accordance with modern standards for such facilities and completed new wing.

The exposition of the Museum of anthropology is illustrated by the history of the development of world culture and art, with special emphasis on the culture of the indigenous peoples of Canada. In the Museum collection presents the works of famous canadian artist bill Reid (the Raven, "the First people", "Sea wolf" and "Bear", some of his gold jewellery, but also a prototype of a canoe of the Haida people), totem poles of ancient Indian villages of British Columbia and an extensive collection of artifacts from the South Pacific ocean. Are Museum artifacts from Tanzania, South Africa and Egypt, Chinese ceramics and paintings, collection of Japanese prints, objects of Buddhist and Hindu art, a stunning collection of textiles (more than 6,000 items, including the costumes of Cantonese Opera) and many more. In General, the Museum collection includes more than 535000 archeological and over 38,000 ethnographic objects. Famous Museum and a remarkable library, as well as an impressive photographic archive (over 90,000 photographs).

In addition to the permanent and temporary exhibitions, the Museum of anthropology is engaged in research activity in the University of British Columbia read specialized courses in anthropology, archeology and art.