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Pacific Museum of Earth

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6339 Stores Rd, Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 2B4 Canada
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Hardoil wrote a review Oct 2018
Toronto, Canada160 contributions224 helpful votes
THIS MUSEUM IS A REAL GEM ---- NO PUN INTENDED. We spent about two hours exploring this museum. Yes it is very hard to find, yes it is small in comparison to many museums and yes it is spread out but it is worth a visit. The two exhibits of the Swimming Elasmosaur and the 75 million year old Lambeosaurus are fascinating and make the trip well worthwhile by themselves. There is a huge, varied and very interesting collection of gems and minerals from all over the world on display. As well there is a display of fossils mainly found in the PNW. The volcano, mountain forming and plate tectonic displays were some of the best and most interesting I have seen anywhere. However, my favourite exhibit was the Evolution of the Earth Display in the Wheaton Precious Metals Atrium. A series of 7 globes show the evolution of our planet from its formation 4.5 billion years ago through the various continental formations to the present. Concise descriptions detail the land, sea, geologic and atmospheric conditions at various times throughout the evolution of our planet. I have never seen such a great display on the evolution of the earth anywhere else. My son and grandson really enjoyed the Weather Alley section and enjoyed seeing themselves on the TV screen as meteorologists giving weather forecasts for the Vancouver area. We live in the Ottawa area now and recently had some tornadoes touch down near us. The tornado machine clearly demonstrates how a funnel cloud forms and the conditions necessary for a tornado to occur. My grandson got a big kick out of this machine display and spent several minutes creating and interfering with a tornado funnel cloud being formed. The museum is open from 10:00 until 5:00 pm Monday through Friday but closed on all Stat holidays. We used our cell phone mapping app to locate the museum which is located in the Earth and Sciences main building at 6339 Stores Road on the UBC campus. The best way to get there is to take the number 99 bus right to the Campus and walk to the museum. It is about a 10 minute walk from the main bus loop stop. Admission is by donation. There are Guided Gallery Tours and Guided Museum workshops for student or adult groups for a fee of $100 per group of 25 students and 3 adults. Had I taught in the Vancouver area I would have brought my classes to these exhibits. While you are there walk over to the Blue Whale Display in the Beaty Biodiversity Museum and see Canada’s largest Blue Whale skeleton. It is impressive as is the story of how it ended up traveling from a beach is PEI all the way to BC.
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Date of experience: October 2018
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Chris D wrote a review Aug 2018
New Westminster, Canada2,262 contributions368 helpful votes
Very small and specialized, so suggest you use this as an "add-on" to something else you are seeing on campus. Admission by donation.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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Joan F wrote a review Jul 2018
Seattle, Washington63 contributions10 helpful votes
This museum is either a tiny geology museum or a very big rock collection. If you have a rock hound in your family then it is highly recommended. However it is difficult to find. I would recommend visiting it in conjunction with a visit to the amazing Anthropological Museum also on the BC campus.
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Date of experience: June 2018
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KFF77 wrote a review Jan 2018
Winchester78 contributions26 helpful votes
This little museum won't take long to walk round, but it's free and well worth a visit. Lots to see and really interesting. Combine with a trip to the museum of anthropology and the Nitobe Memorial Garden.
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Date of experience: February 2017
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Valerie F wrote a review Jun 2016
Markham, Canada338 contributions96 helpful votes
Had visited other UBC museums previously so decided to pop in here. Spent about an hour viewing this interested collection of gems, minerals and fossils. Animated light up earth demos oceans, hurricanes, currents and other climate models. Quiet and worth a visit if you are exploring campus or want to take the kids for a quick visit. Disappointed that the gift shop was not open though.
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Date of experience: June 2016
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