Travelling can be stressful sometimes, especially when you are on a budget but would like to get the most out of experiencing a new city. What would be a better way to see Vancouver than to explore the city’s most popular gathering place for festivities, flash mobs, and lunches? The steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery is known to be the gathering hot spot for Vancouverites. It is where we gathered to listen to spoken poetry dedicated to Nelson Mandela the day after his passing. It is where marriage proposal flash mobs were captured on film and have gone viral. It is where food trucks pile up on warm sunny days and where people gather during their lunch breaks. Right next to it, you will see the Robson Square Skating Rink where you can skate for free in the Winter.
For those who do not know, the Vancouver Art Gallery offers free admission to all guests on Tuesdays between 5-9 pm. You may also wish to make a small donation on your way in, which the gallery would surely be grateful for! If you are an adult, admissions are only $17 so it won’t take too much out of your wallet.
Now, in order to bring the community even closer to the City’s art and culture, the Vancouver Art Gallery and its Visionary partner, the Diamond Foundation, have launched a new philanthropic movement that grants free Gallery admission for children aged 12 or under every Sunday. This initiative began on January 5, 2014. According to its website, “This offer allows children to have free and regular access to all of the Gallery’s exhibitions as well as the Weekly Family Programs that consist of child-friendly exhibition tours and art-making activities. More than 50,000 children and their families will benefit from this program annually.”