Beaty Museum wins Best of Vancouver award!

The Georgia Straight is into the 18th year of its annual Best of Vancouver award. Their editorial team has spent months on the lookout for good deeds, weird urban details, and various howlers to highlight, and the Beaty Biodiversity Museum is ecstatic to learn that contributors have picked the Museum as one of the winners for Best of Vancouver 2013, under the category of “Best Collection of Weird Things in Drawers”.


Here is the online entry from The Georgia Straight:

The Beaty Biodiversity Museum opened out at UBC (2212 Main Mall, close to the big bus loop; 604-827-4955) in May 2010, and it was featured in these pages once before for its beyond-spectacular atrium attraction: a suspended 26-metre-long skeleton of a blue whale, the largest creature ever to exist on Earth—wussy dinosaurs included. Once visitors go downstairs, though, below that two-storey glass atrium, they are confronted by 20,000 square feet of exhibits, most of them in parallel rows of wall-to-wall cabinets with sliding doors and pull-out drawers stuffed with two million reptiles, amphibians, birds (and their eggs and nests), fossils, mammals large and small, bones, skulls, insects, shells, and plants from here and far away. All of them are gathered there to represent, in the coolest possible way, how biodiversity developed on this planet. Seeing as how the contents represent UBC’s natural-history collection, it is also a working research facility for the university’s scientists and students. Get an annual membership and lose yourself on drizzly, grey winter weekends. Bring a kid; create a future scientist.

Thank you, everyone, for your support of the Beaty Biodiversity Museum! Visit us to check out our current programming and see all the wonders of biodiversity up close!

Source: The Georgia Straight
Photo at the top: William W. Ting, The Georgia Straight