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Beaty Biodiversity Museum

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Address: 2212 Main Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia BC V6T 1Z4, Canada
Phone Number: +1 604-827-4955 ‎
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Watch the whale video!

I was impressed by this the first time I was here, especially by the huge blue whale skeleton at the entrance! I took my folks and we watched the video detailing how they... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 14, 2015
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Vancouver
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

I was impressed by this the first time I was here, especially by the huge blue whale skeleton at the entrance! I took my folks and we watched the video detailing how they unearthed it- wow! Such a huge project with so many hurdles we had a completely new appreciation of the display! Staff were very helpful (Nicko) and talked... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
18 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

This is a really good "rainy day" visit, as the entire museum is indoors and easily accessible for all mobility types. Rows upon rows of bio-collections so whatever is your thing; bugs, butterflies or bears, they have the collection and the friendly staff to show you cool stuff. and a giant skeleton of a blue whale of course.

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Kirkland, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Lots to see, explore, discover and learn. We went - just two adults - and found a lot to look at. Very educational about how they study natural history. Also, lots of creepy dead things that some kids might love!

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

For anyone interested in bio-diversity, this is a great place to visit. The museum is the public face of the huge array of specimens held for research at this UBC faculty. While much of the huge volume of items is shut away in vast cupboards waiting for the next researcher to ask for access to them, there are fascinating examples... More 

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Warrington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

From the Blue Whale skeleton exhibit in the entrance hall, we were taken on a tour by an expert volunteer. Ok, it's modest in comparison to the Natural History Museum in London, but it's still extensive, modern, and beautifully laid out. If you ask questions the staff are very happy to spend extra time with you. The location is the... More 

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Surrey, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

The Beaty Biodiversity Museum was pretty interesting. Row after row of specimens, very well laid out in what seems like a new facility. I think this is the wrong place to bring kids, but having said that, there are some displays specifically for kids. The main attraction whale skeleton is easily viewed upstairs and before the ticket counter, very neat... More 

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Marburg, Germany
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

The blue whale skeleton and documentary are quite interesting. On the whole the museum's organization highlights taxonomy and classification. It certainly has great specimen and is great for university classes etc. The overall pedagogy for the general public could be retought, eg to promote more interaction, analogies to everyday life - as the display on poisons - or more complex... More 

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Delta, Canada
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

The highlight of this museum is the huge Blue whale skeleton hung in the entrance to the museum. You can view this whale without having to pay the $12 entrance fee. The museum's displays are underground ,row after row of high black cabinets with scattered windows highlighting the way plants, animals, insects, fish and other life forms have evolved. Lots... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

The blue whale skeleton that they have on display is enough at this museum. They show a documentary on the recovery of the skeleton which really makes you see how rare it was to find a specimen fully intact and how much work it was to put it together and into the museum. Incredibly information video. The rest of the... More 

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Port Moody, Canada
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

We were surprised to see all the cabinets, and we didn't really enjoy stuffed dead animals in drawers or behind glass. Our kids got bored very quickly, and the adults felt creepy as if visiting a morgue. It is not that the museum itself is not well made, maintained and presented; it seems perfectly good for students or researches but... More 

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