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Beaty Biodiversity Museum

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University Land Endowments
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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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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Visual Exhibits of University Specimens

I visited the museum on a weekday while exploring the UBC campus. There is a stunning 80 foot skeleton of a blue whale in the entry way. I spent some time in the theatre watching... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 22, 2015
Valerie F
Markham, Canada

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Markham, Canada
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84 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

I visited the museum on a weekday while exploring the UBC campus. There is a stunning 80 foot skeleton of a blue whale in the entry way. I spent some time in the theatre watching a film about the excavation of the skeleton in PEI and the challenges to get the display ready as well as other short films about... More 

Thank Valerie F
Knoxville, Tennessee
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56 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

This museum is near the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia campus. The entrance is impressive with a complete skeleton of a blue whale hanging over the entrance. The rest of the museum appears to be more geared to science majors with thousands of drawers and jars of specimens on display. The museum is organized in narrow,... More 

Thank Dave1701Vol
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45 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

The museum is hard to locate but well worth the search. Also perfect for a very rainy day or if you also plan on visiting the Anthropology museum which is also located on University grounds. At first glance it does not look like one but upon entry you see the massive skeleton of a blue whale, below are a series... More 

Thank Clover82
West Vancouver, Canada
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47 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

This is a small gem on the UBC campus. Think: whale skeleton (and a film showing where it came from), the smallest and largest eggs in the world, learning lots more about evolution and adaptation. There is a small eatery cleverly titled "The Niche." One of two "must see museums" on the UBC campus (the other being the Museum of... More 

Thank Carolyn G
Abu Dhabi
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24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

We always go to the science world with the family but here in our back steps we have our own natural history museum. It's only been open since 2010 and not too many people know about it. It's a great place to visit with kids to see first the blue whale skeleton and learn about it. There is allot to... More 

1 Thank Divemahara
Kirkland, Washington
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65 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

This one is not just a very modern efficient museum. Exhibits on display are organized in a very easy fashion, according to the Linnaeus system, so transition from one species to another is very logical. Exhibit on deer and their kin will make any hunter's heart stop, for antlers on display are impressive. Nearly all exhibits are accompanied by explanations... More 

1 Thank Vitaly K
Hamilton, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Our day camp went to Beaty Museum twice as part of our program: July 28th and August 11th. For both visits, we payed and hired two curators to guide the camp around the museum; one for children in primary grades and the other for intermediate grades. For our first visit, July 28th, the tour focused on the theme "Biodiversity in... More 

1 Thank Jed B
Richmond, Canada
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600 reviews
90 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

This museum has literally thousands of species of fossils, insects, birds, reptiles, amphibians etc on display in over 20,000 square feet of exhibit room, and the most spectacular is the skeleton of a blue whale suspended at its main foyer. The blue whale is the largest whale in existence. Be sure to watch the short video of how the researchers... More 

1 Thank Renegade225
Toronto, Canada
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40 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

There seem to be a lot of interesting specimens in the collection, but most are not on display. Those that are, or those shown through photographs, are accompanied by very little information to help the visitor with interpretation.

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Lafayette, Louisiana
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015 via mobile

We enjoyed walking around and looking at all the specimans. The museum is full of interesting information and we'll set up, but I don'the think the average child would find much of interest.

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University Land Endowments
An area as rich in history as it is in natural beauty, the expansive parkland of the University Land Endowments is protected by the city in cooperation with the University of British Columbia. A large green space studded by rose gardens, Japanese rock gardens, botanic gardens, canopy walks, regional parkland, and hiking trails, the University Land Endowments are a breath of fresh air. Combining a commitment to preserving nature with a similar promise to preserve culture, its valleys are also home to the First Nations heritage museum, the biodiversity museum, and anthropological and memorial exhibitions. From its highest canopies to the sandy shorelines of Wreck Beach, its serenity is preserved by the University buildings that dot it, combining Mother Nature and scholarship.