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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 have a super special Nocturnal event next Thursday, November 21 starting at 5:00pm! New exhibit “Documents of Collapse" will be opening and artists Jude Griebel and Lorraine Simms will be at the museum for a special tour. At 6:00pm we will have the screening of the documentary "Heart of the Fraser" with Q&A session with Dr. Ken Ashley, Director of the BCIT Rivers Institute and expert in aquatic fisheries restoration and environmental engineering. And since the night is young, we will have a museum tour starting at 7:00pm. The museum will be open until 8:30pm with admission by donation after 5:00pm, all ages welcome! Please check our website for more information: . . . #UBC #UBCevents #IamUBC #yvrevents #naturalhistorymuseum #heartofthefraser #newexhibition #beatynocturnal #beatymuseum
Did you know that thick Poppies grew over the graves of soldiers in France during the Napoleonic Wars in the 19th century? According to the records from that time, fields were covered with the blood-red flowers after the war ended. Today, the Poppy is worn each year during the Remembrance period to honour Canada's Fallen. This beautiful print of Papaver rhoeas, the poppy of wartime remembrance, is on display in our gift shop. More information here: #CanadaRemembers #RemembranceDay #BeatyMuseum #herbarium
We have a brand new item on our gift shop shelves! "Kingfisher" by Ildiko Szabo, UBC Beaty Museum's collections curator of the Cowan Tetrapod Collection, is a beautifully illustrated book on the origins and diversity of the more than 120 species of kingfishers, from the burly kookaburras to the diminutive birds that daringly pluck spiders off webs, highlighting their characteristics, differences, lifestyles, and their cultural significance around the world. You can find the book in the museum's gift shop and online. #birds #birdlovers #kingfisher #biodiversity #zoology
We had a full house for yesterday’s Biodiversity Lecture Series. Beth Shapiro, evolutionary biologist, ancient DNA scientist, professor at UC Santa Cruz and author of How to Clone a Mammoth, gave a great talk about the real science behind “de-extinction”, and how this technology can provide new solutions to protect contemporary ecosystems and existing biodiversity. Thank you Loren Rieseberg, Director of the Biodiversity Research Centre, and Rick Taylor, Director of the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, for introducing and thanking our amazing speaker. And a special thank you to the engaged audience! ❤️ The lecture will be available on the Beaty Museum YouTube channel soon. Stay tuned! #ubc #ubcscience #biodiversity #biotechnology #deextinction #preservation #biology #scienceresearch


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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