The museum is on summer hours:
Open Monday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm.
Be sure to check out our full online calendar of daily and special programs!
All of the events listed below are included with museum admission or membership, unless stated otherwise.
Create biodiversity crafts, learn at activity stations, explore the Allan Yap Discovery Lab, participate in biodiversity themed scavenger hunts, and watch films in the Allan Yap Theatre. Our schedule may change so be sure to check online calendar of daily and special programs!
10:15 a.m. Museum Tour
11:00 a.m. Puppet Show
12:00 p.m. Museum Tour
12:45 p.m. Extreme Eyes (Activity)
3:00 p.m. Museum Tour
3:30 p.m. Story Time
All day: Crafts and activities
“If we are to protect the world’s multitude of places and creatures, then we must know them, not just conceptually, but imaginatively as well.”
- Wendell Berry, Life is a Miracle
In this visual art exhibition by Edith Krause, [a]drift presents human life-sized images of microscopic marine creatures. Merging the worlds of art and science, Krause chose portraiture, an art form traditionally reserved for humans, as her medium to showcase individual organisms while carefully avoiding the scientific habit of splaying them out for identification. She worked with them as characters in the actual poses she observed. While the images are mimetic, these enlarged portraits convey their ecological importance, reveal forms that are unfamiliar and fantastic, and make visible the invisible.
Join Edith Krause, the artist presenting our exhibition [a]drift, as she explores the inspiration and process behind her work.
Edith Krause is a printmaker, currently living in Langley, British Columbia. She began her art studies at Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design and recently completed her MFA at the University of Alberta. Previously, she studied and worked in the fields of marine biology and aquatic ecology at the University of British Columbia and earned a Masters of Science degree in Zoology. Her interest in biology has been a major influence on the subject matter of her artwork and her current art practice consists of an interdisciplinary exploration of ecosystems, employing scientific methodology to collect images and data, and art to express her findings.
Come listen to a family-friendly lecture each month as a different biodiversity researcher competes for public affection for their group.
Mussel glue is way cool because…
Sunday, June 2, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.
Marine mussels secrete amazing glues that allow them to stick to rocks and other surfaces while powerful ocean waves crash over them. These underwater glues can be coated onto the inside of human blood vessels; the glue is so sticky, they stay stuck even while blood is flowing! Materials based on the chemistry of mussel glues are being developed to treat blood vessel diseases. Join Christian Kastrup, an Assistant Professor in the Michael Smith Laboratories and the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, in exploring an example of how the materials engineered in nature can be applied toward human medicine.
Mark Miller Productions and the Discovery Channel present this documentary feature following the story of our blue whale skeleton from PEI to Victoria to Vancouver. See the behind-the-scenes drama involved in recovering, cleaning, and restoring the skeleton of the largest creature on earth. Find more information about the film, along with a teaser here.
Daily showings at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 4:00 p.m.
Note: Please check our online calendar for the latest updates on show times.
Run time is approximately 45 minutes. Parental accompaniment is required; please note that some imagery may be overwhelming for sensitive or squeamish visitors. Please note that schedule may change please look at our calendar to confirm screening times.