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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 #57 of 185 Attractions in Vancouver
Type: Museums
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Delta, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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11 helpful votes 11 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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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

I wouldn't as far as to say this is the best biodiversity museum but it is pretty good. The students inside make the place very welcoming and the displays are great if you are into this kind of stuff. I recommend a visit if you are around UBC, maybe try to go MOA too if you are in this neighborhood.

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Oakville, Canada
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77 helpful votes 77 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
9 helpful votes 9 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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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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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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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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