The museum building looks like a flying plate that landed in Vanier Park. Near the museum there is a modern metal statue that reminds of a large crab. In the museum are many itmes form the daily lives of the residents of the city, starting from the Indians and up to today. There are interesting exhibits here, like cars of different periods, a women's hair parlor from the 1950's with all sorts of machines, old city streets, train carriages from 1880, clothes from 1930, and more.
There are items in the field of anthropologyy, histroy of nature, history, and the art of Vancouver, and in particular the British Columbia region. The interesting parts of the museum are the ones dealing with the immigrants who came to the city, daily life, and in different times throughout the history of British Columbia.
On top of all that, there is also an impressive art collection, with interesting pieces from around the world that were collected by the city's residents.
In the same building there is also the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre.
In winter the museum is closed on Mondays.