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Beaty Biodiversity Museum

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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We've been letting our courtyard garden grow in preparation for tonight's Nocturnal! . Join us from 6pm to learn more about pollinators and meet some of our local ones! . #naturalhistorymuseum #naturalhistory #bees #🐝 #pollinators #entomology
Join us for the Canadian premiere of The Garden of Secrets on Thursday 27th June. Created in partnership with @ubcgarden, this fascinating documentary explores the influence of plants on architecture, design and engineering. Follow the link in our bio now to grab your tickets for the screening and discussion! . @tealeavesco #biomimicry #botanicalgardens #biodiversity
Closer opens today! We hope you enjoy it! . Julya (@obscuralucida) sharing one of my last days in residence at the Beaty, before I sign off! . I could have spent a year here and only scratched the surface - Flat abalone shells, Rhinoceros auklet, Bald eagle 🦅🐚🌲💚✨ . . . . #alfrescosciencemachine #yycLCL #biophilia #getoutside #outdoorsisbetter #outsideisfree #wearestillwild #keepitwild #letswander #wherewillwegonext #justdrive #treehugger #wildlife #friluftsliv #森林 #sciart #canadianart #climateart #botany #mycology #bryophytes #tidepools #forestvibes #campvibes #sheexplores #parkscanada #explorebc
Julya (@obscuralucida) here, taking over the Beaty's account before we open Closer *tomorrow* 🎉 . I knew intellectually that a week at the Beaty would be incredible, but while imagining the specimens you’ll get to work with is one thing, getting to photograph a Passenger pigeon, or scan the bones of a Great auk is another thing entirely. 🕊💚✨ . . . . #alfrescosciencemachine #yycLCL #biophilia #getoutside #outdoorsisbetter #outsideisfree #wearestillwild #keepitwild #letswander #wherewillwegonext #justdrive #treehugger #wildlife #friluftsliv #森林 #sciart #canadianart #climateart #botany #mycology #bryophytes #tidepools #forestvibes #campvibes #sheexplores


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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