About the Beaty Biodiversity Museum
Showcasing UBC's biological collections and research
Fall in love with the diversity of life as you explore over 500 exhibits, and stare through the jaws of the largest creature ever to live on Earth—the blue whale.
The Beaty Biodiversity Museum strives to inspire an understanding of biodiversity, its origins, and importance to humans through collections-based research, education and outreach. As Vancouver’s natural history museum, we work to promote a greater sense of collective responsibility for the biodiversity of British Columbia, Canada, and the world. The unique combination of world-class research, paired with beautiful, compelling exhibits, strives to make the research conducted at UBC more accessible to the public.
Explore the university’s spectacular biological collections, with 20,000 square feet of exhibits showcasing over 500 permanent exhibits. Among our two million treasured specimens are a 26-metre-long blue whale skeleton suspended in the atrium, the third-largest fish collection in Canada, and myriad fossils, shells, insects, fungi, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and plants from around BC and across the world.
Through dynamic exhibits, interactive activities and rotating temporary gallery exhibitions visitors can increase their knowledge and understanding of the interconnectedness of all life on Earth. Visitors can get hand-on in the Allan Yap Discovery Lab and take in a film in the Allan Yap Theatre.
Don’t forget to visit our gift shop full of entertaining and unique items for nature enthusiasts of all ages, as well as prints of selected specimens from our collections.
On October 8, 2013, the museum was featured on CityTV's Breakfast Television:
City E-scapes has come on a tour of the museum. Check out their video for a great overview of everything you can see and do at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum:
Find out more about us on an episode of The Express: