Vancouver’s Beaty Biodiversity Museum at UBC features a collection of biological exhibits including animal, plant and insect specimens and fossils.
The museum has been designed to shine a spotlight on why biodiversity is so important and how we can help maintain it.
This article contains the following information about the museum:
The Beaty Biodiversity Museum at UBC
Home to around 2 million specimens, the Beaty Biodiversity Museum displays all kinds of biological organisms including insects, plants and mammals.
The facility’s address is 2212 Main Mall at the University of British Columbia. It was the first biodiversity museum in Canada to publicly display its scientific findings to help educate visitors on what they can do to help the current environmental crisis.
Note: Next to the museum is the Biodiversity Research Centre. Scientists at the centre conduct biological diversity research that’s crucial to thwarting the degradation of biodiversity due to the perils of climate change. The Biodiversity Research Centre is currently undergoing expansion. The Beaty Biodiversity Museum remains open during this expansion period, which started in April 2023 and is due to complete in the spring of 2025.
Hours and Admission Rates
The museum is open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on Tuesdays to Sundays. It’s closed on Mondays and on public holidays.
Admission rates as of February 2024 are the following:
- Adults – $14
- Seniors (ages 65+), Students (with ID) and Youth (ages 13 to 17) – $12
- Children (ages 5 to 12) – $10
- UBC Students and Employees – Free
- Families – either $30 or $45 depending on the family size
Children 4 years old and younger get in for free. There are also annual memberships available for $35 per adult, $25 per senior, student or youth, and $45 to $70 per family.
Beaty Nocturnal Nights
The museum hosts its Beaty Nocturnal event on the third Thursday of most months. These are special evening hours from 5:00 pm until 8:30 pm and admission is by donation during these times.
Dates for Beaty Nocturnal in 2024 are January 18th, February 15th, March 21st, April 18th, May 16th, June 20th, July 18th, August 15th, September 19th, October 17th, November 21st, and December 19th.
For more information about these and other events, see the Beaty Museum’s Calendar.
Biodiversity Museum Exhibitions
Permanent exhibits displayed at the museum include the largest blue whale skeleton in Canada at approximately 86 feet long. There are casts of dinosaur footprints that were discovered in British Columbia as well. A timeline of earth’s history is also included which depicts when various organisms lived and went extinct over time.
The museum has many temporary exhibits that often change too. It’s also possible to access online exhibits without having to go to the building itself.
See the official Beaty Biodiversity Museum website to learn more about the museum.
Check out the Museum of Anthropology, UBC Botanical Garden or Nitobe Memorial Garden if you’re on campus and want to visit other places of interest. UBC Botanical Garden also includes the Greenheart TreeWalk.
For more information about the UBC campus, see our article about the University of British Columbia.
Other museums and related places of interest in Vancouver include the following:
- Greater Vancouver Zoo
- H.R. MacMillan Space Centre
- The Museum of Vancouver
- The Maritime Museum
- Science World
- Vancouver Art Gallery
- Burnaby Village Museum
- Kilby Farm Museum
- Maplewood Farm
- Roedde House Museum
- Vancouver Parks and Places in Nature