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Beaty Biodiversity Museum

Address: 2212 Main Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia BC V6T 1Z4, Canada (Downtown)
Phone Number: +1 604-827-4955 ‎
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Ranked #99 of 336 things to do in Vancouver
Type: Museums
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Type: Museums
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
18 reviews 18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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19 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
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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134 attraction reviews
174 helpful votes 174 helpful votes
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
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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33 attraction reviews
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
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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22 helpful votes 22 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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26 attraction reviews
184 helpful votes 184 helpful votes
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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166 reviews 166 reviews
34 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 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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61 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 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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