Showcasing UBC’s biological collections and research

Fall in love with the diversity of life as you explore over 500 exhibits, and stare through the jaws of the largest creature ever to live on Earth—the blue whale.

The Beaty Biodiversity Museum strives to inspire an understanding of biodiversity, its origins, and importance to humans through collections-based research, education and outreach. As Vancouver’s natural history museum, we work to promote a greater sense of collective responsibility for the biodiversity of British Columbia, Canada, and the world. The unique combination of world-class research, paired with beautiful, compelling exhibits, strives to make the research conducted at UBC more accessible to the public.

Explore the university’s spectacular biological collections, with 20,000 square feet of exhibits showcasing over 500 permanent exhibits. Among our two million treasured specimens are a 26-metre-long blue whale skeleton suspended in the atrium, the third-largest fish collection in Canada, and myriad fossils, shells, insects, fungi, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and plants from around BC and across the world. 

Through dynamic exhibits, interactive activities and rotating temporary gallery exhibitions visitors can increase their knowledge and understanding of the interconnectedness of all life on Earth. Visitors can get hands-on in the Allan Yap Discovery Lab and take in a film in the Allan Yap Theatre.

Don’t forget to visit our gift shop full of entertaining and unique items for nature enthusiasts of all ages, as well as prints of selected specimens from our collections.

Why Biodiversity?

We work to show how biodiversity evolved, is maintained, why it matters to humans, and how we can conserve it.

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Museum History

The Beaty Biodiversity Museum opened its doors in 2010 and UBC’s vast natural history collections were put on public display.

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Vision & Mission

The vision, mission, and core objectives of the Beaty Biodiversity Museum.

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Annual Report

Communicating our activities and accomplishments, reporting on our fiscal spending, and thanking our supporters.

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The Beaty Biodiversity Museum was made possible through a partnership of UBC researchers, government, and private donors.

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Privacy Policy

Our privacy policy for the museum e-newsletter and website.

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