BC Pavilion (Vancouver Art Gallery)

bc pavilion CLOSED: The British Columbia Pavilion will be proudly located at the beautiful Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG) building next to Robson Square. You can expect to see a number of interactive displays that will highlight the rich cultural fabric of both British Columbia and Canada. You gotta check out BC's fantastic new You Gotta Be Here ad.

Live concert performances are taking place at Robson Square which will feature several BC musical artists (more information below). This downtown hub also features the International Media Centre where several live broadcasts are taking place, the Ziptrek line over Robson Square, and the GE Plaza skating rink.

A series of displays highlighting BC industry & tourism will also be on-site. Visitors will get full access to the VAG for free during the Games and the venue is anticipated to be open between 10:00 am – 5:00 pm daily (no evening hours, private events only). A special Leonardo Da Vinci exhibit is available for public viewing. Located in the heart of downtown across from the huge Canadian flag at Georgia & Howe Street and right next to the GE Plaza outdoor skating rink, this will definitely become a popular gathering place. The north lawn is also home to the official Omega Olympic and Paralympic Countdown Clock. The area is conveniently accessed by the Skytrain or Canada Line Vancouver City Centre stops. You, definitely, gotta be here.

During the 2010 Winter Games, BC’s signature celebration site at Robson Square will feature live entertainment, sport demonstrations, light shows, video displays, and fun for the whole family.

Featured programming at Robson Square during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games (Feb. 12-28) includes:

Aboriginal Showcase – A showcase of the talents, traditions and contemporary expressions of B.C.’s Aboriginal people with performers including three-time World Champion Hoop Dancer Alex Wells, the Yinka Dene Drum Group, Métis Cultural Dancers, Le-La-La Dancers, and the Nisga’a Ts’amiks Dancers.

When: Daily at 12:30 p.m.

First Nations Carving Exhibit – Located in a temporary gallery on the northeast side of the Georgia Street Plaza, will feature Musqueam artist Susan Point and Coast Salish artists demonstrating their creative skill.

When: Daily from noon to 8 p.m.

BC Kids – Fun programs with B.C.’s best children’s performers including Bobs and Lolo, Rick Scott, and The Kerplunks. In addition, there will be amazing acrobatic, circus and theatrical arts shows by Vancouver’s CircusWest.

When: Weekends at noon and 1 p.m.; CircusWest daily at 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5:00 p.m., and 6:30 p.m.

BC Live – Showcasing B.C. musicians and artists representing all regions and cultures with family entertainment to world-beat fusion to B.C.’s best indie bands. Performers include Jim Byrnes, Mother Mother, Hey Ocean, Alex*Cuba, The Left, Jaydee Bixby, Said The Whale, and the Paperboys.
When: Nightly at 10 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.

BC Spirit Showcase: Music! Culture! Community! – Featuring local community and multicultural performers, as well as established, amateur and up-and-coming musicians from B.C. Performers include M’Girl, Shari Ulrich, Pastiche, Gypsalero, Tiller’s Folly, Alpha Yaya Diallo, Showstoppers, Ache Brasil, Strathcona Chinese Dance Company, and Il Voce.

When: Various showtimes daily

BC Street Jam – Engaging performances on Robson Street showcasing the unique talents of the best of B.C.’s street artists, including the Stunt Superstar Aaron Gregg, the Checkerboard Guy, Junkyard Symphony, and the Bigger Balloon Guy.

When: Various showtimes daily and nightly

Meet The Mascots On Ice – A fun, family show featuring the Vancouver 2010 mascots and their friends as they skate, dance and sing in celebration of the Games.

When: Daily at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Ignite the Dream – A spectacular and innovative evening show that will light up the sky featuring specialized lighting, pyrotechnics, lasers, projected images, and performers high above the ground.

When: Nightly at 9:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.

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I went on March 20. When I exited the Art Gallery, I saw a staff holding some pins. When I asked for one, he said nothing but "Sorry".

Later, I saw him asking if some kids want a pin.

Was this age discrimination? I thought it was not fair that only kids got the pins. :(

Went to the VAG at 10am on tuesday 16th and there was no line up. The BC pavilion was definitely one of the best free exhibits in town, loved the interactive screens, and of course the Da Vinci drawings on the main floor are wonderful.

This was awesome for the kids! The line moved very quickly, and the free Leo exhibit was a wonderful bonus. (We were there on a Tuesday, at around 1 pm, and it had started to rain - we thought more people would be in the line to go indoors because of the rain, but not an issue)

The interactive electronic art upstairs delighted young and old, as well as the little wander through a BC rainforest (the kids loved catching the swimming fish projected onto the floor) The rest of the gallery was wonderful to wander through and, of course, the museum gift shop - free of Olympic stuff - a treat.

I have been to about 30 of the free houses/pavilions and have decided this is the best. Line up is fast moving. Start at the top floor with the well built informative BC pavilion exhibits and enjoy a short 3D movie. Then you get free access to interesting temporary Vancouver Art Gallery installations featuring photography, video, and painting about Vancouver BC. Then get free access to the gallery's permanent collections such as Emily Carr. Down to the first floor is free access to Leonardo Da Vinci sketches. Regular access to all this usually $18.75 now FREE. Plus you get a free British Columbia lanyard. You can spend all day here if it is raining.

Not sure where you are from, but the gallery has always been known as the VAG, which is pronounced "vague".

We went first thing on Saturday - arrived at 9:40, got in by 10:20 (it opens at 10). Thought the wait was reasonable for a weekend. And well worth it! The drawings were amazing & Da Vinci's writing was beautiful too. Looking at something almost 500 years old and seeing how incisive he was in those times was very inspiring.

My husband and I spelled each other off in the line-up. There was carving going on nearby, Omega was handing out free baseball caps, free Globe & Mail to read, even free coffee being handed out to those in line! Lots to occupy our time.

Got to VAG at around 11 am on Friday and it took about 2 hours to get into VAG to spend about 30-45 minutes looking at the Da Vinci exhibit, despite that I was told that it was going to take about an hour to get in. While the exhibit was excellent and well worth the wait, it was a long wait, even though the line did move quickly at times. I realize that they were having problems due to the amount of people that were in the building, but I really think they (the VAG staff) could have had more information as to when people would get in the building, as most places that I did go to did have information as to how long to wait at certain points before you got in the venue. It seems that if one had a VAG membership you could get in right away.

Went here on Wed. around noon, line moves quickly even though I waited for an hour. I suggest that once you get into the museum, head straight to the BC Pavilion on the 4th floor. The reason for this is that the Da Vinci exhibit is the first thing you'll see and there's a lot of reading involved while standing. The BC pavilion have no seating, lots of interactive displays, the salmons beamed on the floor was cool, the forest room was a breeze, most people just bypass it, skip the 3D movie, it's not worth it, another room focusing on energy was a drab. After all that work your way down to each of the floor exhibits and by doing the DaVinci last, reading all the explanations for each drawings, you can enjoy it more by relaxing on the seats that are in the middle of the gallery. Having standing in line and walking through all the floors of the museum, it's nice to be able to sit down and enjoy the drawings at the same time.

I am disappointed with Vancouver Art Gallery and the BC Pavilion. This closes at 5pm every day. Thats fine for a Sunday, but seriously, its not like we're hosting a minor convention of artists. This is the OLYMPICS! Everyone else is open until at least 8pm, why can't the VAG follow suit?

I wish that when people post how long they waited in line they would also state what time of day they got in line. Thanks for at least posting the day of the week. I don't care much for line-ups.

stood in line for maybe 20min on sunday 14th. Free admission to the art gallery and free pin and flag.

i particularly went to see Da Vinci's exhibit, amazing! these are not replicas, these are real sketches drew by Da Vinci, so to me it's a must see~

the BC pavilion on 4th floor seems a lil too small in my opinion, there wasn't too much to see...the interactive touchscreens were cool, but not sure how they promote BC...

Went and visited the pavilion and was surprised to get free admission to the rest of the museum. The Leonardo Da Vinci exhibition was great and the rest of the gallery exciting as well. The pavilion was well done, with great hi-tech displays and a nice woodland theme. Highly Recommended

Mascots on ice: Note sit on the stairs on the gallery side up by the winged sculpture if you want a good view. Do not sit on the courthouse side where the aboriginal performers sing and dance if you want to see the ice show. We took our children to see the mascots on ice yesterday. We enjoyed the Carrier Nation singers and dancers. We had good seats as we'd arrived early. But we were on the courthouse side.

In someone's infinate wisdom, they effectively removed half of the possible seating by erecting an inflatable backdrop for the show and therefore blocked out the view from the second set of stairs.

We had to scramble to find a spot for the kids to see from the other side. I didn't see a thing other than the backs of heads, but we found single seats in the crowd for our six and nine year olds. They seemed to like it after all the rigamarole.

hrm, visitors get full access to the vag hey? sounds promising...

I was just wondering if there are any big screen's, such as theater's or other free venues that will be broadcasting the opening ceremony on a big screen in downtown Vancouver.
Could you please let me know?


I am going to bring my 5 year old son to see the Circus West performance. Im sure that he would love that...

We went to the art gallery and thought it was already open for free to see the Leonardo display. Unfortunately, it is only open for free starting Feb 12-the opening of the olympics.

I'm not sure if anyone is going to be willing to offer free vag 12 hours a day. Did no one see the problem with the acronym coming?

it would be nice to have some classical music: street consert or in
one of many churches in the centre town. thank T.

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