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Beaty Biodiversity Museum

Out of an abundance of caution and in support of our community to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19, the Beaty Biodiversity Museum will be closed to the public until further notice. The decision to close to the public was not taken lightly and is based on the latest information being released by regional, provincial and federal public health authorities and UBC. We want to ensure the safety of our community, staff, students, volunteers and visitors and do our part to help promote social distancing to prevent the spread of this virus

Curious by nature? Fall in love with the diversity of life as you discover over 500 exhibits, and stare through the jaws of the largest creature ever to live on Earth—the blue whale.

Explore the University of British Columbia’s rich biological collections of birds, insects, fish, fossils, plants and more in Vancouver's natural history museum.

With hands-on activities and entertainment for all ages, we invite you on a journey to discover the interconnectedness of all life on Earth, and our role in preserving these delicate systems.

Follow the footsteps of dinosaurs in Footprints in Time, take in a documentary in the Allan Yap Theatre and get hands-on with our collections in the Discovery Lab. Just 20 minutes from downtown Vancouver, the natural world awaits.

Visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @beatymuseum.

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It might be too late for the #CreepiestObject contest, but we had to share one of the creepiest #taxidermy we have, 'Two Cobras fighting with a Mongoose'. 📷by Chris Stinson @Gundobar - Curatorial Assistant of #Mammals, #Reptiles, and #Amphibians. #CuratorBattle #MuseumFromHome
The Beaty@Home Live this week will explain how to keep 800,000 fish specimens in order! Dr. Nicolas Bailly, Curatorial Assistant for the Fish Collection at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, will share his experience working in the third-largest fish collection in Canada. Tomorrow, May 27 at 1:00pm PST, join us on Facebook Live or Zoom. Check out our events’ page for more information! #museumsfromhome #museumseh #scienceeducation #zoology #naturalhistorymuseum #scicomm
Today is #BiodiversityDay2020! As Vancouver’s natural history museum, we invite you on a journey to discover the interconnectedness of all life on Earth, and our role in preserving these delicate systems. These images showcase the diversity of research and researchers at UBC’s Biodiversity Research Centre, and the excitement of biodiversity research! See all images on our online exhibits webpage 📷🌿🐠🐝🌼🐚 . . . #WorldBiodiversityDay #Biodiversity #BiodiversityDay #NaturePhotography #ScienceResearch
Biodiversity or artwork? This amazing set of images by Colin MacLeod, postdoc fellow at the Biodiversity Research Centre and curatorial assistant for the Marine Invertebrate Collection at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, shows cysts of the trematode parasite 'Maritrema gratiosum', found in the gut of the common barnacle 'Balanus glandula'. In Burrad Inlet, 80% of barnacles are infected by M. gratiosum, with some containing up to 200 cysts. These cysts can reduce the reproductive output of barnacle hosts, especially in heavily infected individuals. 🎞️Watch Beaty@Home: Marine Invertebrate Research available on Facebook videos @BeatyMuseum to learn more! . . . #biodiversity #marineinvertebrates #scienceresearch #parasites #barnacles #marinelife #scicomm #sciart


The Beaty Biodiversity Museum is located on the campus of the University of British Columbia, 20 minutes from downtown Vancouver.

  • From 4th or 10th Ave.: Turn south on Wesbrook Mall, take the right lane passing the UBC Hospital and turn right on Agronomy Road. Turn right at East Mall then turn right into the driveway for Health Sciences Parkade.
  • From 16th Ave.: Continue through the roundabout staying on 16th, then turn right on East Mall. Turn right into the driveway for Health Sciences Parkade.
  • From SW Marine Dr.: Turn right on 16th Ave., then left on East Mall. Turn right into the driveway for Health Sciences Parkade. For parking rates and alternate parking options, see UBC Visitor Parking.

Walking from Health Sciences Parkade: exit the parkade and find East Mall, along the west side of the parkade. Walk north to the 4-way stop, and cross East Mall at the pedestrian crosswalk. Follow the asphalt path that goes through the grassy area. Proceed up the ramp on your left, the front door is at the top of the ramp, under the breezeway. Video directions or detailed walking directions.

For directions by public transit or bike as well as wayfinding resources see our website.

Hours and Dates of Operation

Tuesday- Sunday 10:00am – 5:00pm

The Museum is closed Mondays and Statutory Holidays

Calendar of Events


Phone: 604.827.4955
Fax: 604.822.0686
Address: 2212 Main Mall Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z4

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