Discover Vancouverites’ Unusual Collections at the Museum of Vancouver

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People all over the world collect strange things — often things that others consider trash — and, of course, Vancouver is no exception. If you’ve ever wondered what unusual items your neighbours are hoarding, you need wonder no more.

An exhibition at the Museum of Vancouver unveils the private worlds of 20 Vancouver collectors. Among the many, many objects on display, there are fake limbs, glass eyes, restaurant menus, vintage corsets, drag costumes and more.

The aim of the exhibition (titled ‘All Together Now: Vancouver Collectors and Their Worlds’) is to investigate the concept of collecting. Why do people do it? How do the collections form part of the collector’s identity? What is the relationship between society and private collections?

The museum asked Vancouverites to submit their collection to the exhibition and the 20 featured collections were chosen from those submissions. Vancouver collectors who missed out still have the opportunity for photos of their collection to be featured. To submit a photo, share it on Instagram or Twitter and use the hashtag #MyCollectionatMOV.

The exhibition runs until 8th January, 2017, with tickets from $11. Full details can be found on the museum’s website, and the list of featured collections is below.

  • Angus Bungay: Action figures and toys
  • Major James Matthews: Vancouver history
  • Art Lingren: Fly fishing lures and gear
  • Marie Allen: Artificial eyes
  • David Moe: Prosthetics
  • Maurice Guibord: Expo ’67 memorabilia
  • Gabrielle Whiteley: Taxidermy
  • Melanie Talkington: Corsets
  • Gerry Parson: Juke Boxes and toasters
  • Nancy Bendsten: Chairs
  • Harold Steves: Seeds
  • Neil Whaley: Vancouver memorabilia
  • Imogene Lim: Chinese restaurant menus
  • Rob Frith: Concert posters
  • Ken Stephens: Ramp walker toys
  • Willow Yamauchi: Drag queen costumes
  • Kyle Seller: Pinball machines and arcade games
  • Yosef Wosk: Circus toys
  • Lyanne Smith & Angus McIntyre: Transit memorabilia
  • Anonymous: Pocket watches

All Together Now: Vancouver Collectors and Their Worlds

When: Until January 8, 2017

Where: Museum of Vancouver, 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver

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Tom Ireland

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