Are you an art enthusiast, a frequent museum-goer, or a fan of live performances? The UBC Point Grey community has many options to broaden your horizons. From museums to performing arts, there are unique opportunities for all ages to immerse yourself in a world of art, science, culture, and entertainment right in your neighbourhood.
Morris & Helen Belkin Art Gallery: Contemporary Art at Its Best
For lovers of contemporary art, the Morris & Helen Belkin Art Gallery is a dynamic hub of creativity. Here, you can experience thought-provoking exhibitions that challenge your perspective and introduce you to the cutting edge of modern art. Their current exhibit runs until December 5th called Carole Itter: Only when I’m hauling water do I wonder if I’m getting any stronger and showcases the artist’s work. It’s always free to visit the Belkin, making this gallery a must-visit for activities on a budget.
Beaty Biodiversity Museum: Nature’s Wonders Preserved
The Beaty Biodiversity Museum is the perfect place for nature enthusiasts. Home to vast collections that showcase the staggering diversity of life on Earth, this museum is a must-visit for people of all ages. Explore animal skeletons, fossils, and interactive displays that bring the natural world to life. Current exhibits include Meteobotany – Bettina Matzkuhn, Beneath the Emerald Green Waves, and Mathemalchemy. Check out the rotating and permanent exhibitions and other programming, including the Nature Club for kids, and Beaty Nocturnal, on their website.
Reconciliation Pole: A Symbol of Healing and Unity
The Reconciliation Pole, located on the southern end of UBC campus, stands as a powerful symbol of reconciliation and healing. Carved by Haida master carver 7idansuu (Edenshaw) James Hart, this monumental totem pole commemorates the history of Canada’s Indigenous peoples, including the painful legacy of the Indian Residential School system. It serves as a reminder of the ongoing journey toward understanding, empathy, and unity.
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts: A Stage for World-Class Performances
The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts is where the magic of live performances comes to life. This venue hosts a diverse range of events, from classical music concerts to contemporary dance performances for people of all ages. For example, their ‘Inspired at the Chan’ series are one-hour concerts aimed at families and include fun-filled audience engagement. There’s something for everyone at the Chan Centre.
Pacific Museum of Earth: Journey Through Geological Time
Discover the wonders of our planet’s geological history at the Pacific Museum of Earth. This museum explores Earth’s evolution through interactive displays, stunning minerals, and geological phenomena. Explore Earth’s 4.5-billion-year history through the outdoor exhibit, Walk Through Time, see the Earth & planets on the OmniGlobe, or meet a 75-million-year-old dinosaur.
Indian Residential School History & Dialogue Centre: Honoring Truth and Reconciliation
Adjacent to the Reconciliation Pole, the Indian Residential School History & Dialogue Centre is a place of reflection and education. It provides a space to learn about the history and experiences of Indigenous peoples in the residential school system. Through exhibitions, stories, and dialogues, the center fosters a deeper understanding of Canada’s history and the path to reconciliation. Visit the Centre to educate yourself all about Indigenous culture and history.
Museum of Anthropology: A Window into Indigenous Heritage
Nestled against the backdrop of the stunning Pacific Ocean, the Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at UBC Point Grey is a treasure trove of Indigenous art and culture, among other collections. Explore indigenous art, totem poles, and cultural artifacts at your own pace or with the guidance of knowledgeable docents. An important note: MOA is closed for seismic upgrades until June 2024, but it offers bookable private tours in the meantime. Limited spots are available, so check out their website for future dates and snag your tickets before they sell out.
Frederic Wood Theatre & Dorothy Somerset Studios: Where Drama Takes Center Stage
Drama enthusiasts, take note! The Frederic Wood Theatre and Dorothy Somerset Studios offer an array of theatrical experiences. These venues are home to student productions and open to the public, allowing you to witness the next generation of talent. You can read about the shows and buy tickets for the upcoming 2023/2024 season on their website.
As you can see, there are so many unique cultural attractions for the perfect rainy-day activity at UBC Point Grey. It’s a cultural hub that will continue to enrich your life with its art, science, and entertainment offerings while also promoting reconciliation and understanding through important landmarks. Immerse yourself in the vibrant arts and culture scene offered here this season!