New Vancouver Art Gallery 

The Vancouver Art Gallery now stands at the threshold of one of the most exciting moments in our history. After more than a decade of research and planning for a new Gallery, we are moving forward with our vision to create an innovative and inspiring visual art museum that enriches lives and plays a pivotal role in enhancing Vancouver and British Columbia’s reputation as a vibrant, creative, and desirable place to live, work and visit.

In April 2013, Vancouver City Council voted unanimously to designate two-thirds of a site at West Georgia and Cambie Streets for a new Vancouver Art Gallery. Our journey has now begun. Architects, Swiss architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron, Internationally renowned for their innovative and elegant buildings and their significant contribution to the design of contemporary museums.  

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 By the numbers:

Cost of the new Vancouver Art Gallery: $400 millionBreakdown
• Building: $350 million
• Education and community programs: $40 million
• Art commissions: $10 million
• Site (not included above): $100 million
• Raised so far: $240 million ($100 million from Audain Foundation, $90 million other private sources, $50 million from B.C.)
• Needed: $160 million

Through extensive studies, the Gallery has determined the need for a building of approximately 310,000 square feet with a minimum of 25,000 square feet of exterior space to meet the current and future needs of the community it serves. This includes: 

  1. More than double our current exhibition space
  2. Dedicated galleries to showcase much more of the Gallery’s art collection
  3. Greatly expanded school, family and children’s programming
  4. An auditorium (approximately 300 seats) for lectures, films, classes, art performances and more
  5. Sufficient outdoor space for the presentation of art and public programs
  6. Welcoming lobby and public gathering spaces that serve as a “Town Square” for the 21st century
  7. A larger Gallery Store and a variety of food services designed for the comfort and enjoyment of visitors
  8. Dynamic indoor and outdoor event spaces for public and private programs
  9. State-of-the-art HVAC systems, collection storage, and conservation labs to house and protect the growing collection for future generation
Situated at the intersection of West Georgia and Cambie Streets, this city-owned site is at a vital cultural crossroads. It is located in a dynamic part of the downtown core, adjacent to other cultural amenities, retail, commercial and residential areas, and public transit.
The new Vancouver Art Gallery will serve as a connector of many important and diverse communities, including Downtown Vancouver, Gastown, Yaletown, Chinatown and East Vancouver. Like the Gallery, these areas are steeped in a rich sense of history even as they continue to grow and evolve.