Long Profile of the Vancouver Art Gallery in Canada

Vancouver Art Gallery in British Columbia. Image courtesy Donna Storz/ Getty Images.


The Vancouver Art Gallery in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada was established in 1931.

The Museum's permanent collection includes over 10,000 artworks.


The Vancouver Art Gallery was established in 1931, with its building constructed at 1145 Georgia Street. The original collection was mainly British historical painting but had seven works by Canadian artists.

In 1951, an expansion, which increased the exhibition space by three times its original size, was to house 157 artworks by Emily Carr.

In 1983, the Museum moved to a former neo-classical courthouse building which was built in 1906. The renovation of the courthouse provided 41,400 square feet of exhibition space and opened to the public in October 1983.


According to their website, the Museum's mission is:

"The Vancouver Art Gallery's collection of over 10,000 works of art represents the most comprehensive resource for visual culture in British Columbia. Established in 1931 with the founding of the Gallery, the collection grows by several hundred works every year. It is a principal repository of works produced in this region, as well as related works by other Canadian and international artists. "


"The Vancouver Art Gallery occupies an entire city block in the heart of downtown Vancouver, bounded by Georgia Street, Hornby Street, Robson Street and Howe Street."

Public transportation is available. Please refer to the Museum's website for directions.

Museum's Conservation Department:

The Museum relies on the services of art conservators who are specially trained to preserve, restore and conserve its fine collection of artworks for future generations.

To learn more about the highly specialized field of art conservation, read interviews with art conservators.

Famed Artworks in Collection:

The Museum has acquired more than 10,000 artworks, with only approximately 3% of the permanent collection on view at any given time.

The collection includes photo-conceptual work by internationally renowned Vancouver-based artists such as Jeff Wall, Stan Douglas, Rodney Graham, Roy Arden and Ian Wallace.

Works by well-known Canadian artists such as Emily Carr, Brian Jungen, Ken Lum, Alistair Bell and Maxwell Bates are also included.

Noteworthy Facts:

Employment Information:

Vancouver Art Gallery posts employment opportunities on its website.

Job opportunities may become available in the various museum departments such as administrative, educational, conservation, curatorial, marketing, sales, security, and visitor services.

How to Apply for a Job:

According to their website: "Are you looking for an opportunity to work in one of Canada's premier visual arts institutions? You would be joining some 135 people — curators, exhibition technicians, educators, marketing specialists, accounting staff and development personnel, to name a few — who are committed to the realization of the Gallery's programs and initiatives. We offer a creative, professional working environment and competitive compensation."

Mail or fax your resume to:
Human Resources Department
Vancouver Art Gallery
750 Hornby Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H7
Fx 604.682.1086

Museum's Contact Info:

Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada V6Z 2H7.

Vancouver Art Gallery's website 

Museum Hours:

  • Monday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
  • Wednesday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Sunday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Closed holidays