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Beaty Biodiversity Museum

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University Land Endowments
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Address: 2212 Main Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z4, Canada
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Never heard of this place till this year when I signed up for the Vancouver Passport and I'm so glad I went here. Just the whale skeleton was worth seeing. There is so much to see... read more

Reviewed 14 December 2016
Vancouver, Canada
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Kamloops, Canada
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13 reviews
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Reviewed 20 December 2016

Called ahead to inquire about exhibits and what attractions were there. What we were told on the phone wasn't at all what we found when we got there. It was disappointing. Also not very easy to find parking.

Thank Stirling57
Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 14 December 2016

Never heard of this place till this year when I signed up for the Vancouver Passport and I'm so glad I went here. Just the whale skeleton was worth seeing. There is so much to see and so many animals to go through and look at. Looking forward to going again and spending more time reading through everything.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2016

if you have children/grandchildren who like natural history this is fun for them. the volunteers r knowlegable and friendly. there r hands on animals, bugs, plants etc. for them to interact w. and learn while playing. on weekends the volunteers provide different learning experiences for small groups of children and adult tours. the museum is small and the displays r... More 

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Chilliwack, Canada
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Reviewed 21 October 2016

The blue whale skeleton is the highlight, but there is so much more to see here. I've been to the Natural History Museum in Oxford University and also London UK, and in my opinion this place is on par with them. We visited with my children ages 7 and 9 years, and although there isn't much specifically geared to kids... More 

Thank NutritionCoach
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2016

This is an extremely creative way for a University to house its plant / animal / fungi collections. The bulk of the museum space is taken by various locked cabinets for researchers to access, but scattered throughout are panels displaying some of collection in a theme relevant fashion. There are also many drawers that the public can open to gain... More 

Thank Clifford A
Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 16 September 2016

The massive blue whale skeleton is the highlight, and you see that upon entry and from the giftshop before you pay. Inside, in the "basement", there are rows upon rows of "things" to see. Loads of dead animals and birds and creatures from the sea. If you enjoy looking at dead things you will love this place. I imagine it... More 

Thank KateinVancover
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Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

Amazing afternoon full of information. Looking at what research is all about. Plants, Fish, Birds, fungi :).

Thank Tiago S
Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

It's true this museum has a lot of specimens, but the whale skeleton alone is worth a visit i think. You can also get a pass to 3 other attractions for the price of admission here. Well worth it. Nice gift shop too.

Thank TroisChatsLies
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Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

We had already visited the Botanical garden at UBC so swung by the Biodiversity museum on our way back to the bus. If you're working on some kind of project, studying, or whatever, then you'd find this place pretty neat, but for us a quick ten minute walk around was long enough. In fact, the most interesting part was the... More 

Thank intheheights63
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Reviewed 21 July 2016

We had great expectations but were disappointed. It was a rainy day on Vancouver (surprise lol) and so we were told that this was a good thing to do on a rainy day. The museum does have a huge skeleton of a Blue whale and that was quite impressive. We watched the movie detailing it's recovery and assembly. This was... More 

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University Land Endowments
An area as rich in history as it is in natural beauty, the expansive parkland of the University Land Endowments is protected by the city in cooperation with the University of British Columbia. A large green space studded by rose gardens, Japanese rock gardens, botanic gardens, canopy walks, regional parkland, and hiking trails, the University Land Endowments are a breath of fresh air. Combining a commitment to preserving nature with a similar promise to preserve culture, its valleys are also home to the First Nations heritage museum, the biodiversity museum, and anthropological and memorial exhibitions. From its highest canopies to the sandy shorelines of Wreck Beach, its serenity is preserved by the University buildings that dot it, combining Mother Nature and scholarship.
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