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Museum of Vancouver Presents Unbelievable: Win Passes

Thursday, June 8th, 2017 — 5:27pm PDT
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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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  1. Richard Martin says:

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

  2. Sheila says:

    History! – We would be lost without it!

  3. 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. Mousemouse604 says:

    What a wonderful way to learn about the history of Vancouver

  5. Vicki says:

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

  6. Don McQueen says:

    An exciting exhibit worth seeing

  7. Karen M says:

    Love visiting museums! This would be perfect.

  8. Maya McDonald says:

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

  9. Shelley Butcher says:

    This exhibit sounds amazing and thought provoking!

  10. Dane says:

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

  11. wen says:

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

  12. Janice M says:

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

  13. Luisa says:

    Good luck!

  14. Neena says:


  15. Fayeza says:

    That’s nice

  16. Allana says:

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

  17. adam says:

    would like to see this exhibition!

  18. ariel c says:

    yes please!

  19. Peter Leung says:

    MOV – a hidden gem in UBC and Vancouver

  20. Rachel says:

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

  21. Stella Panagiotidis says:

    I’d love to go to this! โค

  22. Chad Nehring says:

    Would be awesome to check out!

  23. Marisa. P says:

    Looks really interesting!

  24. Vivian says:

    Love to take the kids!!

  25. Stephanie Ng says:

    Sounds interesting

  26. Jocelyn says:

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

  27. Milynne says:

    I love the MoV!

  28. Emmie says:

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

  29. Trish says:

    This would be a great prize to win!

  30. Kelly says:

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

  31. Valerie says:

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

  32. Karen Blank says:

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

  33. Gunner says:


  34. Zaelia says:

    I would be happy to take three friends to this!

  35. Jason B says:

    I would love to check it out.

  36. erin says:

    Sounds like an interesting exhibit!

  37. DB says:

    This would be awesome!

  38. Jessica T says:

    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!

  39. Jazzy says:

    It seems super interesting and I would love to go!

  40. Jennifer P. says:

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

  41. Eileen says:

    I’d love to go!

  42. Natalie Lam says:

    would love to go

  43. peony says:

    I wish to win the tickets. Thank you!

  44. Feng says:

    Sounds very interesting!

  45. LyNdA says:

    F-U-N !!!!

  46. Teresa K says:

    I’d love to win.

  47. cindy quach says:

    this would be a great family weekend outing for us!

  48. narceli says:

    Thank you for the chance!

  49. Hadley says:

    I need to see the battle of the Quatchi.

  50. Wes says:

    Great prize! Love checking out the local museums!

  51. Kenei says:

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

  52. Carlos says:

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

  53. Dale says:

    Would love to go!

  54. dane says:

    Would love to see the Thunderbird once more

  55. Kelly says:

    Would love the chance to visit!

  56. Aga says:

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

  57. Tina says:

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

  58. Rob says:

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

  59. Donald says:

    This would be perfect family event.

  60. Alex says:

    Would like to check it out

  61. Bronwen says:

    Looks like an interesting exhibit.

  62. Jane says:

    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.

  63. Leanne says:

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

  64. Stotes says:

    This sounds great!

  65. sandy says:

    Yes! Been wanting to check this place out for a while now ๐Ÿ™‚

  66. Linda says:

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

  67. dave says:

    Would love to visit!

  68. Steve v. says:

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

  69. Jeff Grierson says:

    Sweet prize!

  70. Jeanette McLatchie says:

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

  71. Jessica Roberts-Farina says:

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

  72. Lyn says:

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

  73. mike says:


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