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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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Dragonflies are way cool because they are among the most noticeable species in freshwater habitats and thus are good model organisms to study the biology, behaviour, and test evolutionary theories. They are also good sentinel species to track climate change! Join us on February 2 at 1:00pm for our next Way Cool edition, and learn more about this fascinating insect from our speaker Dr. Rassim Khelifa, postdoctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia. #UBCscience #biodiversity #BeatyMuseum #UBCevents #YVRevents #Dragonflies
Join us this Wednesday, January 22 at 3:30pm for the UBC Kung Fu Association performance of the Lion Dance at the Beaty Museum! The Lion Dance is one of the most important traditions during Chinese New Year celebrations and it is performed to bring prosperity and good luck for the upcoming year. This activity is included in the price of admission. #UBCevents #IamUBC #YVRevents #LionDance #ChineseNewYear #BeatyMuseum #ubckungfu
Tomorrow, January 19, 2020, from 10:00am to 3:00pm Eastern Time, the 12th Canada's History Forum will take place in Ottawa. Join us to watch the History Forum livestreamed on the Canada’s History Facebook channel starting at 10:00am (Ottawa time): The Beaty Museum section is from 2:15pm to 3:30pm! And on Monday, January 20, 2020 at 2:00pm (Ottawa time), the award ceremony will be livestreamed on the Governor General’s official Facebook page - The Beaty Biodiversity Museum is proud to be the recipient of the 2019 “Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Museums: History Alive!” with the Sturgeon Harpoon Knowledge Web.
First Beaty Nocturnal of 2020! Ildiko Szabo, Collections Curator of the Cowan Tetrapod Collection at UBC’s Beaty Biodiversity Museum, and Margery Fee, Emerita Professor of English at the University of British Columbia talked about their new released books: Kingfisher and Polar Bear. Guest authors Daniel Justice and Rachel Poliquin also participated with their books Badger and Beaver. We also had book signing and drinks under Big Blue! 🐋 #BeatyMuseum #BeatyNocturnal


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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