There is Claude Monet exhibit in August, September
outdoor cafe with classical music, a haven in the heart of town
Although the gallery's permanent collection includes works from across Canada and around the world, it has an unsurpassed collection of regional art, showcasing west coast talents, especially Emily Carr. They bring in outstanding exhibits as well. The gallery store carries "artist editions" in addition to the usual museum store fare. The onsite restaurant is a casual dining experience, but the selection is good and the ambience pleasant. On summer days, check out the outdoor dining patio. Admission can be pricey, but they now have a donation option for seniors, and on Sundays families get in free. Take the kids to The Making Place for hands-on fun.
Last time I came here there was an exhibit about Chinese history and art. It was pretty great.
You don’t have to break the bank to see the priceless works of art on display at the Vancouver Art Gallery. At least, not on Tuesdays when it’s admission by donation from 5pm to 9pm. With three floors, each with separate exhibitions, you could easily spend the whole evening here doing your best impression of an art history major. Better yet, check if they have any free tours going on that evening to learn from one.
Try to spend some time at the Art Gallery Cafeteria's patio to enjoy a drink or a bit to eat for lunch or late afternoon.
They bring world-class exhibits here! And it's a beautiful building in its own right.