Vancouver Art Gallery launches new streamlined membership and admissions program

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Vancouver, British Columbia–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Traditional Coast Salish lands, including the Musqueam (xwməθkwəy’əm), Squamish (Swxwú7mesh Úxwumixw) and Tsleil-Waututh (səIilw’ətaʔɬ) nations.

Today the Vancouver Art Gallery announces that it will launch on July 1, 2022 a new streamlined membership and admissions program, which will offer the public more access to more art, more often. This new program will give the public the opportunity to enjoy the benefits that are most important to them.

The Vancouver Art Gallery‘s streamlined membership program will offer three levels:

  • Art opens accesswhich offers unlimited visits to the Gallery for a full 12 months;
  • Art opens ideaswhich, in addition to unlimited visits to the Gallery for the next 12 months, offers a range of benefits designed to enhance your experience at the Gallery;
  • Art opens up experienceswhich not only offers unlimited visits to the Museum, but allows you to take advantage of a greater range of benefits, including discounts on paid public programs and events, as well as access to a national reciprocal program of museums, giving you access to museums across Canada.

Recently, the Museum announced that all children and youth 18 and under will be able to visit for free for the next five years, thanks to a generous $1 million donation from the April 1 Foundation of Vancouver. Caregivers of people with disabilities will also continue to receive free admission. Thus, general admission to the Gallery will become the single price of $29.

The Gallery continues to work with many community partners to make art accessible to everyone. Some examples include the Institute of Canadian Citizenship’s Canoo Pass, which provides free entry to new Canadian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate family; Access 2 cardholders, which offers free admission to a support person for people of all ages and all types of permanent disabilities; and discounted admission for post-secondary students through Museum school programs.

This summer, beginning July 1, the Gallery will also extend its opening hours on Thursday evenings, staying open late from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. until September 5, 2022. These extended hours will be in addition to the opening hours. opening of the Gallery from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Founded in 1931, the Vancouver Art Gallery is known for its innovative exhibitions, extensive public programs, and focus on advancing research on historical and contemporary art from British Columbia and around the world. As the Museum prepares to move to a new building, slated to open in 2027, it continues to strive to make art more accessible across the province. Since November 2021, the Museum has raised over $20 million in private fundraising and over $29 million in federal funding to support the development of the new building.

For more information on the Museum’s new membership and admissions program, visit vanartgallery.bc.ca.

About the Vancouver Art Gallery

Founded in 1931, the Vancouver Art Gallery is recognized as one of the most innovative visual arts institutions in North America. The Museum’s adventurous exhibitions, extensive public programs, and emphasis on advancing research all focus on historical and contemporary art from British Columbia and around the world. Particular attention is given to works by indigenous artists, as well as those from the Asia-Pacific region. The Gallery’s exhibitions also explore the impact of images in the wider sphere of visual culture, design and architecture.

The Vancouver Art Gallery is a non-profit, charitable organization supported by its members, individual donors, corporate grantmakers, foundations, the City of Vancouver, the Province of British Columbia through the BC Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.

The Vancouver Art Gallery is located on the ancestral and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy’əm (Musqueam), Sḵwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, and respects the Indigenous stewards of the lands it occupies, whose wealthy cultures are essential to artistic life in Vancouver and to the work of the Museum. To learn more, visit vanartgallery.bc.ca.

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