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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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This museum is located on the University of British Colombia. It is nice to see the university. Our family came here because this was the closest to a Natural History museum... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 3, 2016
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We had great expectations but were disappointed. It was a rainy day on Vancouver (surprise lol) and so we were told that this was a good thing to do on a rainy day. The museum does have a huge skeleton of a Blue whale and that was quite impressive. We watched the movie detailing it's recovery and assembly. This was... More 

Thank HungryTarHeel
North Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A treasure in a city of treasures. There is so much to see and do....a visit could be an hour or many hours. We enjoyed walking through museum but could return and see and learn so much more. Strongly recommend a visit.

1 Thank EllenGreenspoon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

This museum is out on the UBC campus and is definitely worth the trip to see. The Blue Whale skeleton did not disappoint - lots of specimens to explore and read about + activities for kids to keep them interested. My favourite part was the timespan of life's evolution on Earth.

Thank Nicole L
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

This museum is located on the University of British Colombia. It is nice to see the university. Our family came here because this was the closest to a Natural History museum they have. At the entrance, there is the skeleton of a large whale floating above you. They rest of the museum is storage facility for the specimens they have.... More 

1 Thank Firefly1423
Vancouver, BC
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016 via mobile

I purchased the Museum and gardens pass for my son and I as we will be spending sometime at UBC in the next weeks. My 6 year old loved the Blue whale skeleton, and excitedly put together the pieces to match the fin X-ray. We spent a short time exploring the aisles, but as there wasn't too much in engaging... More 

1 Thank Lady_Hatch
Delta, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

The Beaty Biodiversity Museum lives up to its name - creature skeletons abound, along with enormous numbers of flora and fauna. It's a place for hours of discovery, for all ages but especially for children The centerpiece is the gigantic and very elegant Blue Whale skeleton, hanging in a lunge feeding posture. It's riveting. A must see museum for anyone... More 

1 Thank Bill M
Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016 via mobile

Really cool information and awesome specimens, but it's a bit weirdly organized. Probably because it's a more university level museum, but it's not very visitor friendly. Amazing specimens though!

1 Thank Alex T
Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016 via mobile

I had never been before and was completely shocked to how cool it was. There is so much to see and the staff are super knoledgwable. The very back has things you can look at wih a magnifying glass. Perhaps not the best activity for the squeemish but there are squishy things in jars and even a dinosaur bone!

1 Thank Julia L
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2016

I hardly recommend for everyone to go there! It's an incredible collection and the museum has really nice guides! I spent around 3 hours looking at everything I could because it's really impressive and interesting! The explanation about the Blue Whale is awesome... Try to watch the cinema and go there when a guide is explaining about the whale. You... More 

Thank Suelem_Ruas
Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2016

If you are looking for a rainy day family activity, consider heading out to the Beaty Biodiversity Museum at UBC. I took the grandchildren (ages 6 & 9) for an outing, and they loved it! This museum houses approximately 200,000 specimens. There are rows on flora, fauna, etc. on display with a correlating symbol on the floor, should you wish... More 

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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.