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Beaty Biodiversity Museum

The Beaty Biodiversity Museum is Vancouver’s natural history museum at the University of British Columbia.

Stare through the jaws of a blue whale in the two-story glass atrium as you enter the award-winning building and descend into the museum. Explore this active research collection showcasing the diversity of living creatures of both the past and present.

Let curiosity curate your experience as you discover the 2.1 million plants and animals housed here. Get hands-on with the daily activities and special events that bring the museum to life.

Find the perfect gift for your nature-loving family and friends in the gift shop.

Visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @beatymuseum.


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It's Krampusnacht! . This tradition in some European countries like Germany, Austria and Hungary is centuries old, and arose as a sort of anti-St. Nicholas to punish naughty children. . In some cities, children will leave out their shoes to see if candy awaits in the morning. In others, people will dress up as nightmarish creatures. . Most depictions of Krampus, like this 1900s greeting card, are of a hairy, frightening figure with goat-like horns! . Though their depiction varies in different faiths and cultures, and Krampus is a pagan tradition, goats can't seem to shake their association with evil, which likely stems from Biblical writings. . . . #krampus #naturalhistory #naturalhistorymuseum #🐐
Spot the whale on our Christmas tree at the @roberthleealumnicentre! . Many of the decorations were creatively upcycled by our volunteers. . Special thanks to the UBC Origami Club for the beautiful flowers! . . . #naturalhistorymuseum #upcycle #christmascrafts #bigblue #🐳 #🎄
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Can a human teach an orangutan how to be... an orangutan? . In the wild, infants learn forest survival skills from their mother, who takes care of them for 6-8 years. . When an orangutan is orphaned, human surrogates take on the role of teaching them critical skills for life in the wild. . Known as the Forest School, this conservation work in Borneo is allowing orangutans to return to the wild after injury, trauma and the loss of their parents. . Conservationist Jacqui Sunderland-Groves, will be sharing more about her work with this critically endangered species at our Way Cool talk this Sunday! . 📷 1: Indrayana 📷 2: Jacqui Sunderland-Groves . . . #orangutan #conservation #wildlifeconservation #borneo #naturalhistory #naturalhistorymuseum


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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