Vancouver’s museums aren’t just attractions, they also offer insight into the history and culture of British Columbia. Start by learning about the city’s history in the Museum of Vancouver, which features everything from 1950s neon signs to Northwest Coast First Nation artifacts. Even better is the The Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, which has an impressive collection of artwork from around the world, but is best known for its collection of First Nations art. See the towering totem poles, or works by the celebrated Haida artist Bill Reid. More of his work can be seen at the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art. The museum showcases jewelry, sculpture, wood carvings, and prints by Reid and other contemporary artists. Also worth a visit is the Vancouver Art Gallery, which is Western Canada’s largest art gallery. The collection contains thousands of works by Canadian artists, including major pieces by the great British Columbian artist Emily Carr. But if you want to see modern art, head to the Contemporary Art Gallery, where there’s always a new exhibition featuring artists from Canada and beyond. If you’re more interested in science than art or history, the University of British Columbia’s Beaty Biodiversity Museum might be the place for you. Here, you can see the skeleton of a blue whale, among many other specimens. Vancouver’s museums are some of Canada’s best, so be sure to make time for a few during your visit.