Museum of Vancouver Presents Unbelievable: Win Passesby
The Museum of Vancouver (“MOV”) is diving deep into their vault and showcasing some of Vancouver’s most valuable treasures in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday.
This new exhibition, called Unbelievable, features contested objects, storied replicas and, iconic artifacts for a mind-bending exploration of the role stories play in defining community – and what happens when these tales can not be relied upon.
We currently live in a post-truth world full of fake news, alternative facts and falsehoods, where literally nothing can be taken at face value. In Unbelievable, they will look at the contradictory and unbelievable stories behind treasured artifacts challenging visitors to look differently at the world and facts.
MOV Presents Unbelievable
Dates: June 24 to September 24, 2017
Where: Museum of Vancouver (1100 Chestnut St, Vancouver)
The first large Unbelievable object that visitors will encounter is the Thunderbird totem pole. It appeared in controversial filmmaker Edward Curtis’ 1914 work In the Land of the Head Hunters.
The totem pole has since been replicated in fiberglass, as well as re-carved to stand in Stanley Park – but the original has been tucked away within MOV’s vaults. The pole’s complex histories lay the groundwork for an exploration of stories, symbols, and struggles that follow. Furthermore, the Thunderbird totem pole challenges our fundamental thinking about reconciliation and Canada in its 150th year.
Unbelievable will also include a search for other contemporary ‘totems’, each with contrasting stories about a point in time in Vancouver. These include the original ‘R’ from Arbutus Street’s ‘The Ridge’ sign (where a replica now adorns condos); a full-scale bronze-cast model of Stanley Park’s derivative Girl in a Wet Suit; and opposing and battling Quatchi costumes from the 2010 Olympic Winter Games – one an official costume, the other an anti-mascot built by protestors.
The artifacts will also illustrate the tangled threads of narrative around Vancouver’s relationship with First Nations communities. Pieces include a carving given to George Vancouver’s crew, a large mask of a bird depicting the European-brought disease of smallpox, and Pauline Johnson’s ‘Indigenous’ dress, a fantasy garment for a cultural celebrity with a vivid imagination.
Finally, more surprising items ask visitors to create their own stories about unique artifacts found within the MOV collection, encouraing visitors to share their thoughts about how each object came to be, and then later present them with the opportunity to compare their narrative to MOV’s documentation of each artifact.
Enter to Win Passes
I have a 4-pack of passes to give away to this fascinating exhibition, here’s how you can enter to win:
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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Update The winner is Dane!
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I’m a little embarrassed that I’ve never been to the MOV…
History! – We would be lost without it!
MOV has the most amazing events and exhibits! Who could resist a pack of 4 tickets for the latest treasure trove of our history!
What a wonderful way to learn about the history of Vancouver
Sounds very interesting! Would love to spend the day exploring all the exhibits.
An exciting exhibit worth seeing
Love visiting museums! This would be perfect.
Neat! I have been meaning to check this out for awhile!
This exhibit sounds amazing and thought provoking!
Haven’t been to the MOV in months! This would be a great!
I run by MOV every morning and did not even notice this. Thanks for the info.
What a great exhibit, I would love to win this!
A visit to MOV followed by a picnic and dip in the bay – this is a perfect day
would like to see this exhibition!
MOV – a hidden gem in UBC and Vancouver
This exhibit sounds fascinating! I would love to go!!
I’d love to go to this! ❤
Would be awesome to check out!
Looks really interesting!
Love to take the kids!!
The MOV packs an interesting punch. Thanks for the contest.
I love the MoV!
visiting in July and would love to go to the museum!
This would be a great prize to win!
Love going to these kinds of exhibits! Never been to this one can’t wait!
Long overdue for a visit to MOV with niece & nephew!
This year I’d like to stay home and see the Vancouver museum and visit Queen E park.
I would be happy to take three friends to this!
I would love to check it out.
Sounds like an interesting exhibit!
This would be awesome!
I’d love to go-to bring my family, but also to ‘preview’ it as a place to take my class for a field trip!
It seems super interesting and I would love to go!
This exhibit sounds very interesting, I’d love to go with my family!
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would love to go
I wish to win the tickets. Thank you!
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this would be a great family weekend outing for us!
Thank you for the chance!
I need to see the battle of the Quatchi.
Great prize! Love checking out the local museums!
Compared to other museums, MOV is one of the best because it captures what Vancouver is all about. I love MOV!!
I’ve never been but have heard great things about this museum’s exhibits! I have to go!
Would love to go!
Would love to see the Thunderbird once more
Would love the chance to visit!
Want to hear something shameful?
…I’ve never been to the MOV. (But I’d like to!)
I would love to learn more about the history of the city I may now (finally!) call home.
A must-see show. Definitely want to catch it.
This would be perfect family event.
Would like to check it out
Looks like an interesting exhibit.
My daughter has been studying the coastal first nations, including their poles. Lots to learn and be inspired by, in this exhibit. Sure hope we get to go! Thanks for the chance.
I’ve never been to MOV and this looks like the perfect time to check it out!
This sounds great!
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A weekend at the MOV is good times. I would like to see this exhibit.
Would love to visit!
Love the MOV and the interesting exhibits that come through. Would love to take my out of town guests.
I’d love to go; it seems very interesting.
The MoV does such essential work in preserving, questioning, and celebrating the history of Vancouvery and the land it exists on.
I love history and can’t wait to see the MOV exhibition.