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Beaty Biodiversity Museum

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

The museum puts UBC's natural history collections, with more than two million specimens, on public view for the first time. Among our 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.

Through a combination of exhibits, hands-on activities, educators’ resources, public presentations, and community and cultural engagement, we are working to increase understanding of the interconnectedness of all life on Earth. Just as important, we 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.

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