Online Museum Collections Tour

Join us online to virtually explore the six collections that make up the museum: Tetrapods, Marine Invertebrates, Herbarium, Entomology, Fish, and Fossils. Discover stories about BC species, biodiversity research, and different specimens in the collection and how they relate to each other.

This introductory online tour will teach you about some of the different specimens in the collection, and showcase some of our Museum Interpreters’ favourite specimens and stories. After a virtual tour, you will have time to ask questions.

Please go to the ElementarySecondaryPost-SecondaryFamily, Community, and Adult Groups pages to find descriptions of online bookable programs.

Online Tours

$60.00 per group (tax included) payable online with Visa or MasterCard, or Interac Online.

Tour Length

Online programs are 60 minutes long. The online tour includes up to 15 minutes for a tech-test with the organizer, students, and facilitator before the program begins, plus 45 minute program time, which includes time for student questions and discussion.

When you click the zoom link, you will be taken to a waiting room. The organizer will be let in first, so we can quickly touch base about the program. Then, students will be allowed into the zoom room where we can check that things are set up and working smoothly before we begin. The main organizer can sign on a few minutes before the scheduled start time (up to 5) if preferred.

Booking Times

Online sessions are offered at 10:15 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.
Online tours are booked using our online booking form and follow our regular booking policy and procedures.

Class Size & Management

A maximum of 30 participants per booking makes for an optimal experience. We will expect the adults responsible for the group to provide group management and facilitate the Q&A portion. The amount of time for individual students to ask questions and interact will depend on the number of students in the call.

Depending on your needs, your group may need to be larger than 30 students. We can accommodate larger groups by request for the Online Museum Collections Tour, but please note that we will not be able to have the same level of interactivity that we can have in a smaller group setting.

Technology Requirements

Online tours require a strong internet connection and access to a video/sound system. This can be achieved through a laptop. We recommend connecting your laptop to a projector to provide an optimal viewing opportunity for all participating students.

If your students do not have access to the internet, they can call into the tour using a local phone number.

Once your online program request has been confirmed you will receive information on your program. Your 10:15 or 12:45 program time is when you and your students should log onto the zoom link we send you. We will let the main teacher into the zoom room first to quickly touch base, then allow all students in for  tech and materials check with the facilitator before starting the program.  This tech test is included in your 60 minute booking time and is included in your tour fees.

Platform & Security:

We run sessions using Zoom ( ), as this is a widely available and easy to use platform. Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive a unique link for a Zoom meeting. You are not required to hold a Zoom license as the Museum is hosting the meeting. Where possible, we will work with organizations who prefer to use other platforms.

We take steps to ensure security while online and expect the same of the groups we are working with. We provide unique meeting links, passwords, virtual waiting rooms, and designated staff to manage the online environment.

We ask that you do not share your unique meeting link beyond the immediate audience and avoid posting meeting links on social media. We expect participants to join and leave at designated times.

There is an element of risk using any online interface, and while we take steps to ensure security of the facilitators and audience, we cannot accept responsibility should the session be compromised.


We do not record our online tours out of respect for the safety and privacy of our facilitators and participants. We will offer the option of sharing a pdf of slides with the organizer to use later and to distribute with those unable to attend the live event.

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