1- Museum of Anthropology - A Vancouver icon, the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia is world-renowned for its collections, public programs, innovative temporary exhibits, and community connections. Perched on the UBC cliffs, the spectacular building overlooks the mountains and ocean. The outdoor sculpture complex includes two Haida Houses and several totem poles by some of the finest contemporary First Nations artists of the Northwest Coast. Inside, MOA houses more than 42,000 ethnographic objects and 535,000 archaeological objects, including many that originate from the Northwest Coast of British Columbia.
2- Museum of Vancouver - It is an award-winning civic history museum. The MOV is the largest civic museum in Canada and the oldest museum in Vancouver. Permanent exhibitions tell the city’s history, starting with an exhibition on the Musqueam First Nation's ancient landscape and living culture. Further galleries explore the formation of the city, and changes through the 20th century. The neon signs gallery is a favourite of many guests.
3- Vancouver Maritime Museum - The Vancouver Maritime Museum celebrates the profound significance of the ocean and waterways of the Pacific and Arctic, through the preservation and growth of our extraordinary collection, and as a centre for dialogue, research and experience. The main exhibit is the St. Roch, a historic arctic exploration vessel used by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The museum also has extensive galleries of model ships, a Children's Maritime Discovery Centre, a recreation of the forecastle of Vancouver's ship Discovery, an extensive collection of maritime art, and a large library and archives.
4- Beaty Biodiversity Museum - The Beaty Biodiversity Museum is Vancouver’s natural history museum at the University of British Columbia. Its collections include over two million specimens collected between the 1910s and the present. The museum's most prominent display is a 25-metre skeleton of a female blue whale, which is suspended over the ramp leading to the main collections. Activities run by the museum include storytimes and scientific workshops for children, tours of the collections and the laboratories of its associated Beaty Biodiversity Research Centre, public lectures on biodiversity topics, and film screenings.
5- BC Sports Hall Of Fame and Museum - The BC Sports Hall of Fame collects, preserves, studies and interprets materials that relate to British Columbia's sport history. The museum features several multi-sport galleries. The museum features over 50,000 artifacts and archival documents in its collection, and research visits can be made to view the archives upon appointment.
6- H. R. MacMillan Space Centre - It is an astronomy museum. Inside the building, there are live demonstrations on science in the GroundStation Canada Theatre, exhibits and games in the Cosmic Courtyard, and shows about astronomy in the Planetarium Star Theatre. This centre of astronomy is a popular attraction in Vancouver.
7- Pacific Museum of Earth - The museum has a historic collection of more than 10,000 geological specimens, more than 50 displays and some very impressive exhibits, including an “Evolution of the Earth” exhibit. Located in the building’s atrium, Evolution of the Earth displays a timeline of the dynamic geological evolution of our planet. Globes suspended above the timeline represent snapshots of Earth as it evolved in the last 4.5 billion years.
8- Vancouver Art Gallery - The Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG) is the fifth-largest art gallery in Canada and the largest in Western Canada. Its permanent collection of about 11,000 artworks includes more than 200 major works by Emily Carr, the Group of Seven, Jeff Wall, Harry Callahan and Marc Chagall.
9- Jimi Hendrix Shrine - It is there that young Hendrix got the performing itch, busking in front of Vie’s and learning how to make his guitar wail into the darkness every evening. Within the shack lies all things Jimi; photos, flyers, vinyl records, and copies of his infamous guitars. Letters from Jimi to his beloved grandmother offer an intimate glimpse into the star’s family life, and while technically it is little more than a shed filled with a bunch of random Hendrix crap, it’s an homage clearly built out of a sincere love and appreciation for the man and his music.
10- Olympic Cauldron - Thousands upon thousands came to see the majestic Cauldron lit during the 2010 Winter Games. With the Games complete, the Cauldron remains as a permanent landmark on the Jack Poole Plaza. At 32.8 ft (10 m) tall and set against a beautiful mountain and harbour backdrop, the Cauldron continues to attract visitors and locals alike.
11- Stanley Park - Stanley Park is one of the city's main tourist destinations, attracting approximately 8 million visitors each year. Featuring lovely beaches, miles of well-maintained paved and dirt trails, Canada's largest aquarium and an array of can't-miss kid-friendly, this park is recognized as one of the greatest urban parks in the world. For these reasons and more, this tranquil oasis is the perfect city escape.
12- Queen Elizabeth Park - Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver’s horticultural jewel, is a major draw for floral display enthusiasts and view-seekers, and as a popular backdrop for wedding photos. At 152 metres above sea level, it’s the highest point in Vancouver and makes for spectacular views of the park, city, and mountains on the North Shore.
13- Marine Building - The Marine Building is still, for old-timers, the building most clearly identified with Vancouver. Its unique wedding cake “icing”, topped by that vaguely Mayan tower, makes a dramatic and exciting backdrop as you look west down Hastings. It is one of the great art deco buildings in the world.
14- Canada Place - Canada Place is an iconic national landmark welcoming local residents, visitors and ships to the West Coast. Canada Place is a multi-use facility. Canada Place hosts Canada Day at Canada Place, the largest Canada Day celebration outside of Ottawa, and well as a number of other community events including National Aboriginal Day, the Canada Place Summer Series and Christmas at Canada Place.
15- Orpheum - The Orpheum is one of the most beautiful concert halls in North America, hosting Canadian and international musicians, lecture series, and unique events. The Orpheum is a designated National Heritage Site. It is the permanent home of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.