Art surrounds us, and sometimes it’s worth a day to explore entire collections or exhibits. Vancouver is home to numerous galleries, so we’ve narrowed the scope to six favourites that continue to enthrall and entertain.Vancouver Art GalleryFeed your soul: The Vancouver Art Gallery is a beacon for tourists and locals alike from its grand downtown location in the former courthouse on Hornby Street. With permanent collections totalling more than 11,000 works — including the permanent works of Emily Carr, Jeff Wall, Marc Chagall and the Group of Seven — this is a gallery that you can explore any day, then still need more.The spring and summer lineup features French Moderns: Monet to Matisse, 1850-1950, a collection of 60 works that traces the evolution of modern art as impressionism, cubism and realism forever changed art and artists. Until May 20.A selection of works by Canadian artists with a monumental French influence explores the major and shifting movements of impressionism, post-impressionism and surrealism of the past 120 years. Works include those of J.W. Morrice and Emily Carr, among others. Until May 20.Victoria-based Mowry Baden’s exhibition is a playful look at our perceptions of psychology, science and architecture. Baden uses common items to explore the senses in our movement through space — and our positions within it. Until June 9.Views of the Collection: The Street has just opened. This takes us to the influential street scenes in more than 50 works that include paintings, photography, sculpture and video with such legendary artists as Fred Herzog and Robert Capa. Until Nov. 17.Polygon GalleryCarrying on the scope of Presentation House Gallery in North Vancouver, the Polygon is a stunning waterfront structure that evokes both industrial and contemporary elements that was created by the Vancouver firm Patkau Architects.The Lind Prize 2019 is a unique exhibition that showcases the finalists in the Philip B. Lind Emerging Artist Prize, a juried annual award for emerging B.C.-based artists whose work is in film, photography or video. More than 50 nominated works are on display until June 9, with tours every Saturday at 2 p.m.Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast ArtThe only gallery in Canada dedicated to contemporary Indigenous art of the Northwest coast is housed in a beautiful light-filled building full of enchanting works.qaʔ yəxw – (which is pronounced ka-heeyo) water honours us: womxn and waterways is a collective exhibition that examines the relationship between bodies, spirits and the unique roles of child-bearers, healers and doulas. The exhibition comprises arts from the Blackfoot/Cree, Mohawk, Tlingit and Musqueam among more than a dozen First Nations artists represented here. This is in addition to the permanent collection of more than 160 works in art, prints jewelry and sculptures. Until Oct. 2.Reid, an iconic figure in Canadian art, created some of the most memorable works as he explored his Haida roots and worked tirelessly to honour his legacy.Kurbatoff GalleryThe mission of this gallery is to promote contemporary Canadian artists — and the exhibitions will delight you. Until June 13, Marleen Vermeulen’s evocative paintings capture the light and the landscape expanse. These are gorgeous and compelling.The Museum of Anthropology at UBC has thousands of permanent works on display. [Kevin Arnold]Museum of Anthropology at UBCThis exceptional museum, of course, should be included in a gallery tour. A day here is for the senses as you explore the massive collection of more than 45,000 objects from around the globe.Shadows, Strings and Other Things: The Enchanting Theatre of Puppets opens May 16 and is worth a look at the often whimsical but revelatory exploration of storytelling. For audiences of all ages, this exhibition feature works from 15 countries in a world of demons, clowns, kings and queens in the largest puppet collection — in all forms of manipulation — in Western Canada. Opens May 16.Shadows, Strings and Other Things: The Enchanting Theatre of Puppets opens at the Museum of Anthropology. [Screengrab]Belkin Art GalleryWhile at UBC, take some time to check out Shores, an exhibition of work from this year’s graduates of UBC’s fine arts program. The breadth of experience and artistry of those whose wok is on display is breathtaking — and inspiring. The gallery is located in the basement of the main UBC library. Admission is free.Shores is on until July 9.