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Beaty Biodiversity Museum

2212 Main Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia BC V6T 1Z4, Canada (Downtown)
+1 604-827-4955 ‎
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Ranked #52 of 184 attractions in Vancouver
Type: Museums
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Oakville, Canada
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144 reviews 144 reviews
26 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

They have a very different approach to a biological museum. Much to be seen is in drawers which are unlabelled and you have to pull out to see the contents --- it certainly piques your curiosity. Some of the scripts seemed to be aimed at children; others at adults --- so I'm not who this is is designed for. But... More

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Vancouver
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38 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Good tour, but the star of the show, a massive blue whale skeleton, hangs above your head in the big two-level atrium!

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Winnipeg, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

So this is a very different kind of museum than the standard. Yes, there is a giant skeleton of a blue whale in the entry, and it is very impressive. But when you actually go into the museum itself it's more of a catalogue than anything else. There are rows and rows of large black cases, some with some glass... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014 via mobile

We had our first visit to the museum and lucked into a 45 minute tour. It is fascinating with the huge blue whale skeleton and thousands of specimens. Kids will enjoy.

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New Westminster, Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

The museums was way more wow that I expected. In fact, I didn't really know what to expect. I knew there was going to be a huge whale skeleton but that was it. When you go downstairs it looks small and then you look further and there is SO MUCH to explore and learn about. It's really cool, no other... More

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calgary
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

I must confess first, I am a biologist, so I am attracted to these kinds of places. This was my first visit to the biodiversity museum and it really is a pretty cool place to explore, especially if you like animals! The tour guide was excellent - even I learned some new things about some neat animals (like carrier snails);... More

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Grafing, Germany
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

Great collection and very helpful staff. If you like to understand the development of life on our planet, you definitely want to go there.

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Calgary
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68 reviews 68 reviews
27 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

Do not think Museum when you are preparing to visit this INCREDIBLE place. Think of a massive library, filled with shelves of everything living (but dead of course) thing you could ever imagine - there are thousands of things to look at. We took the time to watch the video, in a comfy theatre, of the building of the Spectacular... More

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Wollongong, Australia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
24 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

We visited whilst on holiday, this place is huge! The skeleton of a female blue whale is what greets you first- huge and imposing, i's strung up over the entrance to the archives. The whale itself is worth a visit to this museum, it's spectacular. Further down are hundreds (thousands?) of animal and plant specimens, there are so many to... More

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Sointula, British Columbia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013 via mobile

We visited the museum on a week day with kids and adults. Getting there was quite easy, with parking available on the UBC campus, which is beautiful in it's own right. We spent a couple of hours there and only had to leave because the kids were getting hungry. The blue whale skeleton and movie describing the process of getting... More

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