The days, sadly, are numbered for this landmark building, at least for its role as the city’s art gallery. A sleek, modern new gallery space is being designed by the architects Herzon & de Meuron, and will be unveiled in early 2015. Meanwhile, visitors can enjoy the graceful neoclassical former law court, which was designed by BC’s leading early-20th-century architect, Francis Rattenbury, and renovated by its leading late-20th-century architect. Arthur Erickson. Who knows who will tackle its next incarnations? The surrounding grounds have become a popular hangout and meeting place, especially during the annual “420” marijuana smoke-in on April 20. The gallery itself is a great place to discover Canadian and West Coast art, especially the unsurpassed collection of works by Emily Carr, the great modernist painter from Victoria. It features international traveling exhibits as well, such as “The Forbidden City,” an impressive display of treasures from Beijing’s Palace Museum, starting October 2014. The gallery also has a friendly cafe and terrific gift shop; be sure to stop by for a stylish souvenir to take home.
Vancouver Art Gallery
750 Hornby St
Our Rating Neighborhood Stanley Park Hours Wed–Mon 10am–5pm, Tues 10am–9pm Phone 604/662-4719 Prices Admission C$20 adults, C$15 seniors, C$15 students, C$6 kids 5–12, C$50 families Web site Vancouver Art Gallery