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Check out these 20 bizarre Vancouver collections

As we've been a partner of the Museum of Vancouver over the past few years I've been blessed to have been exposed to a great deal of local stories and history through our work together.
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As we've been a partner of the Museum of Vancouver over the past few years I've been blessed to have been exposed to a great deal of local stories and history through our work together. I've taken in every one of their exhibitions, explored their (hidden!) collections with their curators on multiple occasions and at their events have had a great deal of conversations with others passionate about this city we call home.

 A slice of the All Together Now exhibition at MOVAll Together Now at MOV

MOV's latest exhibit - All Together Now - brings together what they're calling "beautiful, rare, and unconventional" collections from 20 different Vancouverites. It contains a near-overwhelming amount of physical artifacts displayed in multiple rooms (see the above image for a look at one room) and I feel like the word "bizarre" mostly sums it up. And I mean that in a good way of course; we are all collectors in one way or another and there's something strange and wonderful (bizarre!) about that, and about how and why we come to collect the things that we do. This show not only displays the collections of 20 folks but it gives us some insight as to what brought them to accumulate this stuff. Below are portraits shot by local photographer Rebecca Blissett of all of the collectors featured in the exhibition, taken in their homes and work spaces. Check out the exhibit to see their things!

 Angus Bunke, action figure collector. All photos below by Rececca Blissett.Angus Bunke, action figure collector. All photos below by Rececca Blissett.

 Melanie Talkington, vintage corset collectorMelanie Talkington, vintage corset collector

 Lyanne and Angus, Transit collectorsLyanne and Angus, Transit collectors

 Gerry Parson, jukebox and toaster collectorGerry Parson, jukebox and toaster collector

 Nancy Bendtsen, chair collectorNancy Bendtsen, chair collector

 Imogene Lim, Chinese restaurant menu collectorImogene Lim, Chinese restaurant menu collector

 Art Lingren, fly fishing lure collectorArt Lingren, fly fishing lure collector

 David Moe, prosthetic collectorDavid Moe, prosthetic collector

 Gabrielle Whiteley, taxidermy collectorGabrielle Whiteley, taxidermy collector

 Harold Steves, heirloom seed collectorHarold Steves, heirloom seed collector

 Willow Yamauchi, collector of drag queen costumesWillow Yamauchi, collector of drag queen costumes

 Major James Matthews, Vancouver's original collector/city archivistMajor James Matthews, Vancouver’s original collector/city archivist

 Ken Stephens, ramp walker toy collectorKen Stephens, ramp walker toy collector

 Yosef Wosk, circus ephemera collectorYosef Wosk, circus ephemera collector

 Maurice Guibord, Expo '67 memorabilia collectorMaurice Guibord, Expo ’67 memorabilia collector

 Marie Allen, artificial eye collectorMarie Allen, artificial eye collector

 Neil Whaley, Vancouver memorabilia collectorNeil Whaley, Vancouver memorabilia collector

 Rob Frith, retro concert poster collectorRob Frith, retro concert poster collector

 Anonymous, pocket watch collectorAnonymous, pocket watch collector

 Kyle Seller, arcade and pinball game collectorKyle Seller, arcade and pinball game collector

Also, distributed throughout the exhibition are a bunch of interactive displays! You can try on some of the drag queen costumes, play a number of pinball machines, make your own fishing lure and more.

The Museum is open every day of the week and has their doors open til 8pm on Fridays now, and All Together Now is definitely something you should check out this summer!