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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 can't wait to open Closer on May 18th, so you all get to see the world of @obscuralucida and @furiebeckite's work! #Repost @obscuralucida • • • • • • Here’s a sneak peek at a little detail of one of the new pieces I’m working on for my and @furiebeckite’s upcoming show, ”Closer”, at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum at UBC! I love larches so much, and I was lucky to catch them just as they were turning golden when I was on my way up north to Wood Buffalo National Park this August (fall starts early up there!) 🌲💛✨ . . . . #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 #homeiswhereyouparkit #teardroptrailer #parkscanada #exploreAB
Even in adversity, corals remain full of surprises! . Researchers at the @pjkeelinglab here at UBC have found the world's first organism that produces chlorophyll but doesn't photosynthesise. . Called a corallicolid, the organism is found in over 70% of the world's corals. But despite having the pigment that plants usually use to absorb energy from sunlight, the corallicolid is doing... precisely not that! . "Having chlorophyll without photosynthesis is actually very dangerous because chlorophyll is very good at capturing energy, but without photosynthesis to release the energy slowly it is like living with a bomb in your cells," explained botanist Patrick Keeling. . Most corals form partnerships with small photosynthetic organisms like algae to obtain energy, so the role of corallicolids remains a mystery for now! . Learn more: or by following @pjkeelinglab! . #naturalhistorymuseum #naturalhistory #corals #coralreef #botany #photosynthesis #corallicolids
Check out this amazing capture of Calypte anna from our collections, shot by @philipperoberge! • • • • • • Repost: @philipperoberge Anna's hummingbird! This is a photo taken with a macro lens and illuminated with a flash to show off the brilliant iridescent colors of the plumage. Interestingly enough, there is no pigment containing these colors - it is an entirely structural phenomenon. The dark spot in the middle is where the beak is, with the eyes sitting on either side. Have you seen the iridescent feathers of a humming bird in the wild?⁣ check out my friend @roberthechler 's feed for just that! ⁣⠀ ⁣#wildlifewednesday⁣⠀ #bns_birds #best_birds_of_ig #bb_of_ig #your_best_birds #king_birds @feather_perfection #bird_brilliance #birds_adored #eye_spy_birds #planetbirds #birds_private #birdfreaks @birdsonearth #pocket_birds #best_birds_of_world @birds_best_planet #birds_perfection #birds_nature #birdsandblooms #canoncanada #explorebc #explorecanada #canonbringit #teamcanon #pnw #pnwonderland #parkscanada #explorealberta #vancouver #canonphotos #natgeo @cangeo @hellobc @canoncanada @explorecanada @beatymuseum ⁣@environmentcanada @canenvironment⁣⠀
We hope you've enjoyed Women's History Month as much as we have! . For our last post about the fantastic women who work in our collections, meet two of our fossil collection 🦖 volunteers - Kirstin Brink (left) and Marianne Wong (right)! . They work with the specimens in our fossil lab, which lives behind the scenes at the Biodiversity Research Centre. The vast majority of our collections, and those at all museums, aren't visible to the public, as they number in the thousands. . The Beaty would not be the same without our dedicated team of volunteers, and they come from all walks of life! . Kirsten is a Banting Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Faculty of Dentistry at UBC, studying the evolution of teeth (including some of the mastodon teeth at the museum) and Marianne is a piano teacher! . Kirsten's favourite specimen is a desmostylus tooth. This is an extinct mammal from the west coast of Canada and the USA. Marianne's is a dinosaur egg. . If you're interested in becoming a volunteer at the museum, and learning more about the collections that public visitors don't get to see, check out the Join the Team section of our website! . #volunteer #volunteering #naturalhistorymuseum #paleontology #dinosaurs


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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