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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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Name our exhibition opening in SEP. 2020! In celebration of our first 10 years as a public museum, we'll be showcasing creative works from past and present staff, students, researchers and volunteers of #UBC Beaty Biodiversity Museum and the Biodiversity Research Centre. We’ve selected 3 names for this special exhibition, and we need your help to choose one. Write in the comments the one you love the most! 🐋 1 - ReCollections 2 - Curiosities 3 - Wonderment #beatymuseum #10thanniversary #newexhibition #biodiversity #ubcscience
Join us next Wednesday Feb.26 at 10AM for a special screening of @aptn_ca docu-series @askiboyz followed by a discussion with brothers Asivak and Mahiigan Koostachin, the two co-stars of the show, moderated by director Jules Koostachin, @ubccis sessional and UBC PhD candidate. The AskiBOYZ are two urbanized Cree young men from Toronto on a life altering quest to 13 different Canadian rural Indigenous communities where they will take on whatever challenges come their way. With the help of their mentor, Cassius Spears, Narragansett Nation, they will walk away with the respect and tradition taught by each Elder and/or Knowledge Keeper they meet. This activity is included in admission and it's open to all. FREE admission for UBC students, faculty and staff (with UBC card). #UBC #UBCevents #IndigenousStudies #firstnations
Come by for a night at the museum! This Thursday, February 20 starting at 5:00pm is our next Beaty Nocturnal. The museum will stay open late offering activities until 8:30pm. Admission by donation after 5:00pm. All ages welcome, drop in at any time. Activities include: Raising Big Blue screening, guided museum tour and hands-on activities where you can learn more about specimens in the museum and our current exhibitions, Biophilia and Documents of Collapse. #UBCevents #YVRevents #IamUBC #BeatyMuseum #BeatyNocturnal #NightAtTheMuseum #NaturalHistoryMuseum #yvrlife
Thank you all who participated in our first giveaway! Congrats @mary_yu_ for winning the prizes!!! Stay tuned for our next contests and special events ❤️🐋❤️


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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