Beaty Biodiversity Museum

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2212 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4

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UBC's Beaty Biodiversity Museum was included in the Georgia Straight's 2013 Best of Vancouver as the “Best Collection of Weird Things in Drawers,” and that pretty much sums up the museum. This hidden gem, which opened on the UBC campus in 2010, is “An interactive library with lots of hands-on opportunities and experiences. We're engaging, we're telling stories and making science accessible to the public. When you visit us, you can let your curiosity curate your experience,” says marketing, communications and events coordinator, Mairin Kerr.

Mairin goes on to say: “It's important to understand our place in the world, to inspire an understanding of biodiversity, its origin and its importance to humans. We champion a greater sense of collective responsibility for our biodiversity.”

The Beaty does that by focusing on the positive rather than the negative. “We're a stop-and-smell-the-roses place,” Mairin explains. With its positive, inspiring approach to the natural world, the museum focuses on all the amazing things that nature does and is capable of. “We want people to fall in love with biodiversity, fall in love with the natural world and become advocates for it.”

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Rainy day activities for kids in Vancouver

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The Beaty Biodiversity Museum located on the UBC campus is kind of a hidden gem; it’s like a mini museum of natural history in the heart of the city and they have more than 500 permanent exhibits, including dinosaur fossils. There’s a large kids’ area where museum staff put on a variety of interactive and educational activities. The 26-metre-long blue whale skeleton on display in the atrium is the largest of its kind in Canada and is a very cool specimen for kids to see.

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Indoor activities for tourists in Vancouver

Also located at the University of British Columbia, this grand, spacious natural history museum displays one of only 21 blue whale skeletons in the world as part of its permanent collection. Once you and your loved ones have had your fill of Earth’s largest animal, take a stroll through rotating exhibitions for interactive forays into the shellfish, insects, fungi, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and plants that creep and crawl the planet.

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You'll find the Beaty Biodiversity Museum nestled in the middle of the UBC campus. It's a relatively dark space, but the various galleries are well designed for displays. There are literally hundreds of specimens here, from animals and birds to reptiles and insects. In the lab, visitors can check out specimens for themselves in the microscopes, while the lobby is home to the impressive a vast skeleton of a blue whale. Kids will enjoy the chance to get up close and personal with the animalistic exhibits, and there is a free tour available if you want more in-depth information.

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