Group Tours

We offer special group ticket pricing. Our group activities are customizable, so you can create the event to match the needs of your group and budget. We have also have specific programs and packages for Private Groups, Schools, Colleges and Universities, and Tourism Professionals.

PLEASE NOTE: The School Program The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China's Emperors 2-hour tour/workshops and 1-hour guided tours are sold out. Please email to request to be placed on the waiting list.

Due to the popularity of the exhibition, The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China's Emperors, we can no longer accommodate group self guided visits including post secondary classes. Private guided tours can still be arranged.

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.

Group Ticket Prices

(All prices subject to GST) Valid until Sept. 27, 2015


MIN: 10 people        MAX: 30 people

Adult $18.50
Senior (65+) $13.50
Student* (with valid ID) $13.50
Children (age 5 and older) $4.50
Children under 5 Free
Family** (maximum 2 adults and 4 children) $50
Gallery Members Free
Persons with disabilities Full admission price with free admission for one attendant
Tuesday evenings 5-9pm By donation

Group Bookings - Book a Private Tour

All Group rates and activities are available for pre-booked groups only and require two weeks booking notice.
No walk-in groups.

*Students must show current student ID from a post-secondary education institution.

For all other inquiries and further information, contact the Group Bookings Coordinator
from Monday-Thursday, 8:30am-3:30pm at 604.662.4717 or

Tour Programs & Packages

- See below for costs and booking information for packages offered.

Schools Groups and Tours

We offer unique rates and tours specially designed for Schools. If you are interested in bringing your class to the Gallery, please contact fill out the online booking form by clicking the button below.

COST & TOURS: see Schools page

DURATION: see schedule

CAPACITY: 30 people maximum

(For larger class sizes a tour schedule can be arranged.)

Online Booking Form


Post Secondary Groups and Tours

Private guided tours are an excellent educational experience for Post Secondary students.

The Gallery's rotating exhibitions of historical and contemporary art provide unique opportunities to enhance a range of studies from fashion, visual art, art history, graphic design, history, visual culture, and architecture, among many others.

$70 (Group of less than 20)
$100 (Group of more than 20)

TOUR: $150
(plus Group admission cost)

TOTAL: Admission + Tour Cost

DURATION: 1 hour

CAPACITY: 30 people maximum

(For larger class sizes a tour schedule can be arranged.)


Private Guided Exhibition Tours

Visitors can enjoy the exclusive and intimate experience of a private guided tour for the current exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Led by experienced art professionals and educators, the tours provide an excellent introduction for first-time visitors as well as food for thought for returning visitors. Our educators sketch an overview of the exhibition, outline historical contexts, as well as highlight specific works for a closer look.

(Group Admission price per Person)

TOUR: $150
(plus Group admission price per person)

TOTAL: Admission + Tour Cost

DURATION: 1 hour

CAPACITY: 30 people maximum


Before Hours Exhibition Tours

Take your Gallery experience to the next level! Make the exhibitions and Gallery truly your own with this exclusive private VIP access tour.

Led by one of our friendly and professional guides, all tours include an introduction to the Gallery’s turn-of-the-century heritage building and your choice of a private tour of one of the featured exhibitions.

(Group Admission price per Person)

TOUR: $225
(plus Group admission price per person)

TOTAL: Admission + Tour Cost

DURATION: Allow 1-2 hours

CAPACITY: 30 people maximum

Multi-lingual tours are also available upon request.


Breakfast with the Masters

Start your group’s day with a private breakfast buffet in the Vancouver Art Gallery’s award-winning Gallery Caf? followed by an exclusive before-hours tour of one of the Gallery’s featured exhibitions.

Dine indoors amid breathtaking floral arrangements to the sounds of classical music, or enjoy an alfresco meal on one of the best outdoor patios in the city.

(Group admission price per person)

TOUR: Inclusive

DURATION: 2 hours
Breakfast: 8-9am
Tour: 9-10am

CAPACITY: 30 people maximum

(Reservations required one week in advance. Two menus to choose from, either hot or cold breakfast buffets.)

Tourism Professionals

Exclusive Guide

Net rates are available for tour operators. Please visit our Exclusive Guide -Tourism Microsite for more information.

For additional information contact Gillian Wood, Tourism Marketing Specialist, for more details at 604.662.4700 ext. 2416 or

Unique Experiences - The Forbidden City

The Vancouver Art Gallery and Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver, invite you to an afternoon of intrigue and indulgence. Enjoy express-entry admission to The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China's Emperors at the Vancouver Art Gallery and an Asian-inspired Emperors Afternoon Tea in Shangri-La Hotel's Xi Shi Lounge, overlooking the Gallery's Offsite exhibition.

Purchase NOW at
$55 per person (includes tax & gratuity).
Itinerary: The Gallery is open daily from 10am–5pm | Tuesday until 9pm (allow 1-2 hours). (Closed on December 25 and January 1)
Shangri-La's Emperors Afternoon Tea is served in Xi Shi Lounge 7 days a week, from 11am–5pm. Advance reservations recommended, and can be made by calling 604.661.3353.
Valid October 18, 2014–January 11, 2015.

View our complete listing of special Group Unique Experiences offers during this exicting exhibition here.


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