Featured Attraction of the Week: Beaty Biodiversity Museum (Free Tickets!)

photo: Beaty Biodiversity Museum

Welcome to Inside Vancouver’s new “Featured Attraction” series. Each Monday we’ll be featuring a different Vancouver attraction, and will be giving away free tickets to our readers. To be eligible you just need to post a comment.

Fall in love with the diversity of life as you explore 20,000 square feet of exhibits, visit their teaching lab, and stare through the jaws of the largest creature ever to live on Earth—the blue whale, at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum.

The museum puts UBC’s natural history collections, with more than two million specimens, on public view for the first time. Among the museum’s treasures are a 26-metre-long blue whale skeleton suspended in the Djavad Mowafaghian Atrium, the third-largest fish collection in the nation, and myriad fossils, shells, insects, fungi, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and plants from around British Columbia and the world.

photo: Beaty Biodiversity Museum

Through a combination of exhibits, hands-on activities, educators’ resources, public presentations, and community and cultural engagement, they are working to increase understanding of the interconnectedness of all life on Earth. Just as important, they connect the world-renowned scientists at the adjacent Biodiversity Research Centre with the public. This unique combination of world-class, university-based research and beautiful, compelling exhibits makes the research conducted by UBC scientists more accessible and more relevant to the public.

Party with the museum to celebrate their first birthday. This will be the most bio-diverse first birthday party you’ve ever been to! Enjoy their brand-new exhibits and programming which began on Saturday, October 22.

photo: Beaty Biodiversity Museum

  • Birthday Party Activities: Decorate your very own birthday hat and play biodiversity-themed birthday party games; daily for a limited time only.
  • New Museum Tour: Daily at 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m., additional weekend tour at 3:30 p.m.
  • New Puppet Show: “This is your life!” Meet a variety of animals and discover their life stories. Weekends at 11:00 a.m.
  • Story Time: Weekdays at 11:00 a.m., daily at 3:00 p.m.
  • Brand-New Exhibit: An incredible 30 metre timeline, spanning 4.54 billion years of earth’s history!
  • New Art Exhibition: IsoTYPE, a series of student and community generated art, exploring issues in sustainability and biodiversity.

If you’d like to get the museum a present, consider joining as a member!

photo: Beaty Biodiversity Museum

Contact Information
University of British Columbia
2212 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z4
P: 604.827.4955
W: www.beatymuseum.ubc.ca

Monday: Closed for research
Tuesday – Sunday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Getting to the Beaty Biodiversity Museum
The Beaty Biodiversity Museum is easily accessible via car and public transportation. Please click here for more information.

We have a One-Year Basic Family Membership to give away to one of our readers. To be eligible, all you have to do is post a comment below. We’ll randomly select a winner on Friday and notify them by email.
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96 Responses to Featured Attraction of the Week: Beaty Biodiversity Museum (Free Tickets!)

  1. Jeannie

    That is so cool. I have live in the city seven years and never knew this existed. Thank you for uncovering this hidden gem!

    • Rachel

      Looks exciting

      • Rachel

        Yes please

    • Jane

      I am glad to finally have this caliber of museum in Vancouver! We usually need to go to other cities to find great museums. We will definitely enjoy discovering its treasures with our children.

  2. Andy

    Choose me. Would definitely go with m family to visit the museum.

  3. Kim

    Is this the museum of anthropology? We have to call it biodiversity now??

    • Hi,

      This is a new museum that is separate from the Museum of Anthropology which is also on the UBC campus and underwent a huge renovation recently. A trip to both would make great use of your time if you’re already out on campus. There is actually a discounted ticket that includes admission for the Museum of Anthropology, Beaty Biodiversity Museum, Nitobe Memorial Garden and UBC Botancial Garden. See the garden’s website for more details on the Museums and Gardens Pass http://www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/rates

  4. Elaine

    Can’t wait to check out the whale!

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  6. Lisa Thompson

    ‘Would love to win this awesome prize and take our 3 kids.

  7. Dalell

    This is great!

  8. sophie

    sounds great!

  9. Raina Beeksma

    Wow! This place looks amazing! Would be a great learning experience for my kids…and myself!

  10. Wendy N

    Fantastic! Can’t wait to explore!!

  11. Elle

    A must see for my family and me!!!!!

  12. June

    Amazing! I never knew this existed. It will be a wonderful supplement for our three children, who already love the aquarium

  13. Jill K

    I would love to take my kids to explore the wonders of the Beaty Biodiversity Museum. They would learn so much.

  14. tatiana

    I would love to win this. Beautiful new museum.

  15. kate

    Since I am one that does not believe in using animals, dead or alive, for entertainment, I wasn’t impressed when I started to read this article. However, in reading that the purpose of this museum was because “they are working to increase understanding of the interconnectedness of all life on Earth”, I thought this could be an “exception to my rule”. For the sake of the planet and for humanity, I sure hope you are able to get that message across to the public. This is a time where we really need it!

  16. pat

    This looks so interesting; would love to go.

  17. Teri

    Aaah how UBC has changed since I graduated some 40+years ago! Would love to come out and see the museum!

  18. Lisa

    my son is turning 8 and reads reference books about mammals, dinosaurs, reptiles, insects and pretty much anything that has walked or crawled or still does. I didn’t know this museum existed and I we will be booking a day to come visit for sure.

  19. Edd Albrecht

    What an awesome prize. Please enter me in the contest!

  20. Alfred

    Definitely need to check this place out sometime!

  21. Lisa

    I was not even aware of this museum. Glad I saw this article!

  22. Eva Sharell

    Didn’t know this Museum existed…it looks great!

  23. Dani Conrad

    My young son is starting to express a lot of interest in animals and history…he would LOVE to be able to visit the museum on regular basis, as would his parents! What a fun, educational, family experience!

  24. Angela J.

    There are so many fabulous places to explore in Vancouver.

  25. Adrian

    Wow, never know there is this museum in town. I would be interested to go and check it out with my family.

  26. Robert

    I’ve been here once. I love it. Great place to support… I should go again!

  27. Rosie

    I still have never been to this museum. I’d love to go!

  28. Jennifer

    Looks fascinating and I’d be interested in maybe coming to sketch if that’s permitted?

  29. Wow! never even knew of this place. pick me! :p

  30. MYC

    Wow~ This looks like a great place to bring not only my 8 year old and 12 year old friends to but my parents as well <3 It'd be awesome if I get a chance to bring them with me :D

  31. Octavio

    I’d love to take my kids to the museum.

  32. Catalina Baeza

    Hi. I would be so, so interested in visiting this great place. I always pass by the great buliding and admire its architecture. Second step, would be to go into the place and get to visit and explore it!!I have a son of 13…he would love to go,
    We are leaving Vancouver in two weeks to visit our family, so It would be such a great opportunity to go before our departure….Thanks so much!!!

  33. J.

    My kids would love to see this!

  34. Trevor

    Amazing! I’m going to visit the museum soon, but a one-year membership would be great!

  35. Katy O’dea

    This looks so cool and interesting – Big yes please ;0)

  36. Alex

    It would be great to get free tickets, I’ve been wanting to visit the museum.

  37. Cecile

    I will definitely put this on my list of places to take my kids.

  38. Ruth

    I’ve read about this museum on the Yoyomama blog – my parents took my daughter and had a wonderful time, but I haven’t been yet. Sounds like they’re adding more and more great features, too.

  39. Cherie

    I would love to check out the biodiversity museum!!!!

  40. Anne

    Really cool! I would love to win the pass!

  41. Christine

    I’ve always wanted to go!

  42. I have been there. It is really a wonderful learning centre.

  43. What a great prize!

  44. Johnny Vanderputten

    Wow looks neat! I’ve always wanted to see a blue whale skeleton.

  45. Catherine

    How generous. A year prize instead of just a single visit.

  46. Craig Paterson

    Museums rock! What an awesome prize!

  47. SN

    This is so interesting, thx for the recommendation.

  48. Cheryl K

    I love the Beaty Biodiversity Museum.

  49. Vrs

    Love to visit and bring guests….always enjoyable to see a museum of this scale in our city! Thanks for recommending.

  50. Irene

    Sounds like an awesome birthday celebration! Wonder if one of my 3 sons will be a future biologist or scientist. Maybe a free membership will spark their interest ;)

  51. Alvin

    The free membership will help me reconnect with a lot of my family members, and I help them reconnect too.

  52. Andrea

    I can’t wait to visit the Museum!

  53. Ryan

    Raising Big Blue!
    Family pass would be awesome.


  54. Neal R

    This is the best thing to come to UBC since i went there! AWESOME! Love to check it out…essp for Free! =P

  55. Alex

    this is fantastic! ill be going this weekend if possible :)

  56. Hayley

    Never even knew about this place, it looks pretty cool.

  57. Amy

    I want to go..

  58. Michael

    I LIKE

  59. Svetlana

    Sounds wonderful!

  60. Cecile

    Do please enter me in the draw. Thank you!

  61. Lynn

    Yes, please!

  62. Edna

    It is a fantastic place for anyone, but I think, especially for kids. We were out during Alumni Day and we had a hard time getting out–too much to see elsewhere on campus. We’d love to be able to go back and wander the exhibits. Way cool!

  63. Therese Sustar

    How I used to love going to the museum with my family when I was young. Now seeing what lies in wait at the Museum I am determined to go. Hope I win some tickets.

  64. Katherine Yip

    I would love to go there!

  65. Matthew

    Looks like fun.

  66. Donna

    awesome museum and great giveaway!

  67. Kristina

    OMG this is soo amazing. i even couldn’t imagine that there is such an interesting museum in Vancouver. I really want to see it

  68. I’d love to win this not only to go back to the museum again but to meet with some of the people behind the blue whale project.

    I had visited their blue whale project & taken photos of some of the people involved as well as photos of the whale skeleton before it was all moved over to the mainland. I have not seen it in person since. This would be great!

  69. Jacqui

    Wow! I would love to win! A family pass would be amazing!!

  70. kai

    love this place. brings a sense of wonderment :)

  71. What an amazing whale! Great front enterance feature

  72. michele

    I have been meaning to come and have a look at the museum.. It looks very very interesting.. Even if I don’t win a membership I will still come and visit.. thanks..

  73. Jane

    I am glad to finally see that there is this caliber of museum in Vancouver. Usually, we need to travel to another city to visit great museums. We will enjoy discovering its treasures with our family!

  74. Josephine

    Looks great!!
    I want to take a look as well!!

  75. Becky

    would love to go and take the kids!

  76. That grey whale skeleton is the coolest!

  77. S

    would love to visit!

  78. awesome, would love to visit!

  79. Eileen

    Went once but didn’t manage to see it all…the museum is deceivingly small! Would love to go again!

  80. I did not know that this existed in Vancouver. Excited to check it out!

  81. peggy

    Would love to take my friend’s children to see this.

  82. Anna

    I would love to go with my family to see this! Looks fantastic!

  83. Looks super cool! I’d love to win free tickets. :)

  84. MrQ

    This sounds likes a great first date venue!

  85. Momoko


  86. Caroline

    i pass by this everyday! but ive never been!

  87. Misha

    I’d love to come visit with the family – we have not had a chance yet to come by!

  88. Katherine

    I did not know about this museum and do look forward to visiting it!

  89. OLGA

    Thanks for give us the opportunity to know more about Vancouver! I would love to go there.

  90. Zukinai

    That’s amazing, I’d love to visit that.

  91. Josephine

    I’d love to go there with my family!!

  92. shirley

    Did not even know this existed! What an amazing museum – we’d love to check it out! Thanks