Museum of Vancouver Presents Unbelievable: Win Passes

Comments 76 by Rebecca Bollwitt

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.

MOV Presents UnbelievableThis 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.

Vancouver Expedition frontlet, c. 1790s. Collected at
Nootka Sound by Midshipman Thomas Dobson on
HMS “Discovery” under Captain George Vancouver
1791-1795. Museum of Vancouver Collection.

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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76 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. Richard MartinThursday, June 8th, 2017 — 6:04pm PDT

    I’m a little embarrassed that I’ve never been to the MOV…

  2. SheilaThursday, June 8th, 2017 — 6:40pm PDT

    History! – We would be lost without it!

  3. colleen tsoukalasThursday, June 8th, 2017 — 6:42pm PDT

    MOV has the most amazing events and exhibits! Who could resist a pack of 4 tickets for the latest treasure trove of our history!

  4. Mousemouse604Thursday, June 8th, 2017 — 7:59pm PDT

    What a wonderful way to learn about the history of Vancouver

  5. VickiThursday, June 8th, 2017 — 8:03pm PDT

    Sounds very interesting! Would love to spend the day exploring all the exhibits.

  6. Don McQueenThursday, June 8th, 2017 — 8:32pm PDT

    An exciting exhibit worth seeing

  7. Karen MThursday, June 8th, 2017 — 10:41pm PDT

    Love visiting museums! This would be perfect.

  8. Maya McDonaldThursday, June 8th, 2017 — 10:48pm PDT

    Neat! I have been meaning to check this out for awhile!

  9. Shelley ButcherFriday, June 9th, 2017 — 12:32am PDT

    This exhibit sounds amazing and thought provoking!

  10. DaneFriday, June 9th, 2017 — 7:08am PDT

    Haven’t been to the MOV in months! This would be a great!

  11. SeanFriday, June 9th, 2017 — 8:15am PDT


  12. wenFriday, June 9th, 2017 — 9:07am PDT

    I run by MOV every morning and did not even notice this. Thanks for the info.

  13. Janice MFriday, June 9th, 2017 — 9:36am PDT

    What a great exhibit, I would love to win this!

  14. LuisaFriday, June 9th, 2017 — 9:40am PDT

    Good luck!

  15. NeenaFriday, June 9th, 2017 — 9:46am PDT


  16. FayezaFriday, June 9th, 2017 — 10:01am PDT

    That’s nice

  17. AllanaFriday, June 9th, 2017 — 10:01am PDT

    A visit to MOV followed by a picnic and dip in the bay – this is a perfect day

  18. adamFriday, June 9th, 2017 — 10:12am PDT

    would like to see this exhibition!

  19. ariel cFriday, June 9th, 2017 — 10:14am PDT

    yes please!

  20. Peter LeungFriday, June 9th, 2017 — 10:31am PDT

    MOV – a hidden gem in UBC and Vancouver

  21. RachelFriday, June 9th, 2017 — 10:34am PDT

    This exhibit sounds fascinating! I would love to go!!

  22. Stella PanagiotidisFriday, June 9th, 2017 — 11:45am PDT

    I’d love to go to this! ❤

  23. Chad NehringFriday, June 9th, 2017 — 11:59am PDT

    Would be awesome to check out!

  24. Marisa. PFriday, June 9th, 2017 — 12:38pm PDT

    Looks really interesting!

  25. VivianFriday, June 9th, 2017 — 12:41pm PDT

    Love to take the kids!!

  26. Stephanie NgFriday, June 9th, 2017 — 12:49pm PDT

    Sounds interesting

  27. JocelynFriday, June 9th, 2017 — 1:26pm PDT

    The MOV packs an interesting punch. Thanks for the contest.

  28. MilynneFriday, June 9th, 2017 — 1:26pm PDT

    I love the MoV!

  29. EmmieFriday, June 9th, 2017 — 1:30pm PDT

    visiting in July and would love to go to the museum!

  30. TrishFriday, June 9th, 2017 — 1:33pm PDT

    This would be a great prize to win!

  31. KellyFriday, June 9th, 2017 — 1:39pm PDT

    Love going to these kinds of exhibits! Never been to this one can’t wait!

  32. ValerieFriday, June 9th, 2017 — 3:02pm PDT

    Long overdue for a visit to MOV with niece & nephew!

  33. Karen BlankFriday, June 9th, 2017 — 4:51pm PDT

    This year I’d like to stay home and see the Vancouver museum and visit Queen E park.

  34. GunnerFriday, June 9th, 2017 — 4:57pm PDT


  35. ZaeliaFriday, June 9th, 2017 — 6:01pm PDT

    I would be happy to take three friends to this!

  36. Jason BFriday, June 9th, 2017 — 6:20pm PDT

    I would love to check it out.

  37. erinFriday, June 9th, 2017 — 6:24pm PDT

    Sounds like an interesting exhibit!

  38. DBFriday, June 9th, 2017 — 7:08pm PDT

    This would be awesome!

  39. Jessica TFriday, June 9th, 2017 — 8:58pm PDT

    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!

  40. JazzyFriday, June 9th, 2017 — 10:25pm PDT

    It seems super interesting and I would love to go!

  41. Jennifer P.Friday, June 9th, 2017 — 11:24pm PDT

    This exhibit sounds very interesting, I’d love to go with my family!

  42. EileenSaturday, June 10th, 2017 — 1:02am PDT

    I’d love to go!

  43. Natalie LamSaturday, June 10th, 2017 — 3:08am PDT

    would love to go

  44. peonySaturday, June 10th, 2017 — 8:24am PDT

    I wish to win the tickets. Thank you!

  45. FengSaturday, June 10th, 2017 — 8:52am PDT

    Sounds very interesting!

  46. LyNdASaturday, June 10th, 2017 — 11:14am PDT

    F-U-N !!!!

  47. Teresa KSunday, June 11th, 2017 — 12:27am PDT

    I’d love to win.

  48. cindy quachSunday, June 11th, 2017 — 6:25am PDT

    this would be a great family weekend outing for us!

  49. narceliSunday, June 11th, 2017 — 6:33am PDT

    Thank you for the chance!

  50. HadleySunday, June 11th, 2017 — 8:38am PDT

    I need to see the battle of the Quatchi.

  51. WesSunday, June 11th, 2017 — 9:17am PDT

    Great prize! Love checking out the local museums!

  52. KeneiSunday, June 11th, 2017 — 9:51am PDT

    Compared to other museums, MOV is one of the best because it captures what Vancouver is all about. I love MOV!!

  53. CarlosSunday, June 11th, 2017 — 10:25am PDT

    I’ve never been but have heard great things about this museum’s exhibits! I have to go!

  54. DaleSunday, June 11th, 2017 — 12:40pm PDT

    Would love to go!

  55. daneSunday, June 11th, 2017 — 2:31pm PDT

    Would love to see the Thunderbird once more

  56. KellySunday, June 11th, 2017 — 8:00pm PDT

    Would love the chance to visit!

  57. AgaSunday, June 11th, 2017 — 10:34pm PDT

    Want to hear something shameful?
    …I’ve never been to the MOV. (But I’d like to!)

  58. TinaMonday, June 12th, 2017 — 12:18am PDT

    I would love to learn more about the history of the city I may now (finally!) call home.

  59. RobMonday, June 12th, 2017 — 4:28am PDT

    A must-see show. Definitely want to catch it.

  60. DonaldMonday, June 12th, 2017 — 7:25am PDT

    This would be perfect family event.

  61. AlexMonday, June 12th, 2017 — 9:36am PDT

    Would like to check it out

  62. BronwenMonday, June 12th, 2017 — 10:44am PDT

    Looks like an interesting exhibit.

  63. JaneMonday, June 12th, 2017 — 12:04pm PDT

    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.

  64. SaMonday, June 12th, 2017 — 12:43pm PDT


  65. LeanneMonday, June 12th, 2017 — 1:54pm PDT

    I’ve never been to MOV and this looks like the perfect time to check it out!

  66. StotesMonday, June 12th, 2017 — 10:54pm PDT

    This sounds great!

  67. sandyTuesday, June 13th, 2017 — 1:21pm PDT

    Yes! Been wanting to check this place out for a while now 🙂

  68. Bret TaylorTuesday, June 13th, 2017 — 3:57pm PDT

    Sign me up.

  69. LindaTuesday, June 13th, 2017 — 4:10pm PDT

    A weekend at the MOV is good times. I would like to see this exhibit.

  70. daveTuesday, June 13th, 2017 — 4:19pm PDT

    Would love to visit!

  71. Steve v.Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 — 5:14pm PDT

    Love the MOV and the interesting exhibits that come through. Would love to take my out of town guests.

  72. Jeff GriersonTuesday, June 13th, 2017 — 7:22pm PDT

    Sweet prize!

  73. Jeanette McLatchieTuesday, June 13th, 2017 — 8:02pm PDT

    I’d love to go; it seems very interesting.

  74. Jessica Roberts-FarinaWednesday, June 14th, 2017 — 10:08am PDT

    The MoV does such essential work in preserving, questioning, and celebrating the history of Vancouvery and the land it exists on.

  75. LynFriday, June 16th, 2017 — 9:55am PDT

    I love history and can’t wait to see the MOV exhibition.

  76. mikeFriday, June 16th, 2017 — 9:58am PDT


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