Not only is the Museum of Vancouver a great place to learn about the city’s heritage, but it’s also located inside one of Vancouver’s most jaw-droppingly awesome mid-century modern structures, the H.R. MacMillan Planetarium building, c.1968 (now called the H.R. MacMillan Space Center).
Inside, the three museum wings are clustered around a central core (the planetarium) that house permanent collections and rotating exhibitions which feature Vancouver-centric stories from the early 1900s – 1970s.
Of particular interest is “The 50s Gallery” which boasts memories (and artifacts!) from the city’s prosperous post-war years. The 60s and 70s galleries are also very interesting, plus they even have a stellar collection of vintage neon signs on display, illuminating Vancouver’s colourful past.
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