The Vancouver Art Gallery is located on 750 Hornby Street in downtown Vancouver. The museum has 165,000 sq ft of floor space, making it one of Canada’s largest museums. It features over 12,000 pieces of art from all over the globe. It was initially open as a courthouse for the province, but it was later was converted to an art gallery. It has served as an art gallery since 1931. The art gallery has hosted several exhibitions, including the Leonardo Da Vinci: The Mechanics of Man in 2010 and The French Moderns in 2019.
The gallery also features a gallery store for shopping and a café for some food and drinks. There is an Arts Rental and Sales program offered by the gallery. The objective of this program is to support emerging artists in the region. Through this program, visitors can buy or rent various art pieces on display. The fees collected from this program go to emerging artists or used for exhibitions. The Vancouver Art Gallery is a non-profit organization. It is supported by donations from individuals, corporates, cities of Vancouver, and other government institutions.
The gallery hours are from 10 am to 5 pm, 7 days a week. Visitors should check with the gallery to confirm timings during holidays. The gallery offers guided tours of the art pieces. All of the guided tours are led by experienced and trained staff who share in-depth history and insights about different art pieces. For a more intimate tour, visitors also have the option of after-hours private tours. There can be up to a maximum of 30 guests for private tours. Visitors are encouraged to download the Vancouver Art Gallery app that features audio guides, archives, quizzes, interviews, etc. There is a FUSE event that is held a few times throughout the year. During this event, the art gallery turns into a nightclub allowing visits to enjoy the art pieces while the DJ spins some music. There several events and lectures organized by the gallery. For a schedule of events, kindly visit the website.