Tales of Treasure

Grades 7-12, Post-Secondary, Adults | 60 minutes

100Treasures_webIn 2015, the University of British Columbia celebrated their first 100 years as a campus. As a part of UBC, the Beaty has chosen to join in by showcasing 100 of our curators’ favourite treasures at http://beatytreasures.com/. The Beaty Museum’s extensive collections of over two million specimens encompass the familiar to secretive.

Every specimen within our cabinets holds a story of it’s life, evolution, collection, and preparation. In celebration of our 100 Years, 100 Treasures digital exhibition, join us and discover incredible stories, including tales of our founding scientists, exceptional specimens, and fascinating facts with our museum interpreters. This tour will feature stories in many of the museum’s collections. These stories will rotate and be chosen by our staff, which will give you a new experience every time.

This is a museum tour, which allows your group to learn more about the stories behind the museum’s exhibits and displays. Plan to be standing and walking on the tour. If you are looking for an activity-focused experience, please look at one of our 75-minute programs, such as One Life to Live (grades 3-7), Whale of a Tale (youth groups age 5-12), Sketching (all grades), or Inquiry into Evolution (grades 10-12).

  • Science 7: The theory of evolution by natural selection provides an explanation for the diversity and survival of living things; Earth and its climate have changed over geological time
  • Science 8: The theory of plate tectonics is the unifying theory that explains Earth’s geological processes; cells are a basic unit of life
  • Science 9: Cells are derived from cells
  • Science 10: Genes are the foundation for the diversity of living things
  • Biology 11: All organisms have characteristics that define them as living and interdependent; living things are diverse and evolve over time
  • Biology 12: Cells are the basic unit of life

Links will vary based on the stories selected for your group. Please let us know if you would like to focus on one of the following, and we will do our best to feature a story or two based on your request:

Many of our Educator Resources can support your visit. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Scavenger Hunts and Museum Activities

We suggest using a scavenger hunt before or after your program to help students explore the museum in a guided way.

  • Raising Big Blue Worksheet
  • Describing and Drawing Organisms
  • Ocean Pair Up

Pre and Post-Visit Resources

Please visit our Educator Resources page to download these materials.