Beaty Biodiversity Museum

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The Beaty Biodiversity Museum is Vancouver’s natural history museum, dedicated to creating a shared sense of community and wonder. Conveniently located at the heart of UBC, Explore the university’s spectacular biological collections, with 20,000 square feet of exhibits showcasing over two million specimens.

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Seasonal and varies. Please check our website for current public hours.


Please check our website for individual and group rates.

Memberships are available at various levels.


Among our treasures 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 the world.

Through a combination of exhibits, hands-on activities, educators’ resources, public presentations, and community and cultural engagement, we are working to increase understanding of the interconnectedness of all life on Earth.

Just as important, we connect the world-renowned scientists at the adjacent Biodiversity Research Centre with the public. This unique combination of world-class, university-based research and beautiful, compelling exhibits makes the research conducted by UBC scientists more accessible and more relevant to the public.

The Beaty Biodiversity Museum is comprised of six major collections:

• Cowan Tetrapod Collection: encompasses over 40,000 specimens of mammals, birds, amphibians, and reptiles to represent every continent on Earth, with most coming from western Canada

• The Herbarium: houses the largest collection of plants and fungi in western Canada, with more than 600,000 specimens

• Spencer Entomological Collection: holds over 600,000 specimens that highlight the diversity of BC’s insects and other arthropods, as well as jumping spiders from around the world

• Fish Collection: boasts over 800,000 specimens, with particularly spectacular and important holdings from Canada, the Aleutians, the Malay Archipelago, Mexico, the Galapagos, Panama, and the Amazon

• Marine Invertebrate Collection: contains thousands of specimens representing the major lineages of animals, such as cnidarians, molluscs, annelids, crustaceans, echinoderms, and sponges

• Fossil Collection: includes over 20,000 specimens that range from recent shells to 500-million-year old fossils of blue-green algae, as well as specimens from BC’s famous Burgess Shale


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