The Diversity of Life

The Beaty Biodiversity Museum is a treasure trove of nature’s ingenuity. Here’s a sampling of the weird and wonderful evolutionary feats that can be found among its collections.

The Beaty Biodiversity Museum is Vancouver’s only natural history museum, with 20,000 square feet of exhibits including a 26-metre-long blue whale skeleton, the second-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.

The museum is part of UBC’s Beaty Biodiversity Centre, which houses more than 50 internationally renowned scientists studying the biological forces that produce and sustain biodiversity, as well as the forces that lead to extinction and the consequences of such loss.

Through a combination of exhibits, hands-on activities, educators’ resources, public presentations, and other community engagement, the museum is working to increase understanding of the interconnectedness of all life on Earth.

Watch the slideshow for a small taste of what the museum has to offer visitors.

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