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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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Learn about plants in your backyard and around your neighbourhood! Use our plant guide to identify the plants, and record like a scientist using the plant log. Found a plant that is not in our plant guide? Use online resources like, or see if you can guess what type of plant it might be related to. Plant guide: Plant log: . . . #Botany #Biodiversity #MuseumFromHome #KidsActivities #SciComm
Today at 2:00pm PDT! Join us for a virtual tour of one of our most exciting new exhibits; the Sturgeon Harpoon Knowledge Web. The result of a collaboration between the Musqueam First Nation and the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, this award-winning exploration of Indigenous knowledge centers around the making of a 35-foot sturgeon harpoon through the first-hand experience of Musqueam knowledge keepers. The tour will be presented as part of MuseWeb 2020, an international conference on digital innovation in galleries, libraries, archives, and museums. Join online on Tuesday, March 31st at 2pm Pacific Daylight Time. It’s free and open to the public through Microsoft Teams (free to download) or the Teams web app (supported on current versions of Edge and Chrome). . . . #Musqueam #FirstNations #FirstPeoples #IndigenousKnowledge #MuseumFromHome #SciComm
At home and wishing you could look at museum specimens? You can see photos of every insect species of the Spencer Entomological collection at! With over 600,000 specimens, the collection focuses on the insects of BC and the Yukon. Here is our pick today: you might find whirligig beetles (Gyrinidae) spinning around on the surface of a local pond. In this photo, you can see the brown top half of their eye for seeing in the air, and the matching bottom half for seeing downwards underwater. Amazing insects are all around us. Post it in the comments if you find something weird and wonderful too! . . . #MuseumFromHome #BeatyMuseum #Zoology #Entomology #Science #NaturalHistoryMuseum
Can (and should?) biotechnology reverse extinction? Could extinct species, like mammoths and passenger pigeons, be brought back to life? Is it possible to clone extinct species using the same or similar technologies that created Dolly the sheep in the 1990s? What are the chances that the science fiction of “Jurassic Park” will someday become science fact? Watch the last edition of the Biodiversity Lecture Series with Beth Shapiro, ancient DNA scientist and author of 'How to Clone a Mammoth', where she explains the real science behind the emerging idea known as “de-extinction.” . . . #biotechnology #biodiversity #extinction #science #evolution #scicomm


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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