The MoA’s collection of Northwest Coast artifacts is unparalleled by any institution on the planet. Over half-a-million archeological objects, from totem poles down to ornate jewelry, tell an encyclopedic story of the native peoples of this region. Designed by the great architect Arthur Erickson in 1976, its post-and-beam “Great Hall” recalls the long houses that West Coast peoples built. Visitors move through the hall toward a 15-metre-high glass wall that looks out onto a vast reflecting pool in the cliff-side “wilds” beyond—an effect of Erickson’s meant to recall the ocean-side villages of native communities. Don’t miss: Bill Reid’s enormous wooden sculpture “The Raven and the First Men,” which tells a Haida creation myth with stunning organic lines.