Beaty Biodiversity Museum
The Beaty Biodiversity Museum is a natural history museum in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, located on the campus of the University of British Columbia. Its 20,000 square feet (1,900 square metres) of collections and exhibit space were first opened to the public on October 16, 2010; since then it has received over 35,000 visitors per year.
Its collections include over two million specimens collected between the 1910s and the present, comprising the Cowan Tetrapod Collection, the Marine Invertebrate Collection, the Fossil Collection, the Herbarium, the Spencer Entomological Collection, and the Fish Collection. The collections focus in particular on the species of British Columbia, Yukon, and the Pacific Coast. The museum's most prominent display is a 25-metre (82-foot) skeleton of a female blue whale buried in Tignish, Prince Edward Island, which is suspended over the ramp leading to the main collections.
The current museum director is Eric Taylor, a professor in the Department of Zoology. Activities run by the museum include scientific workshops for children, tours of the collections and the laboratories of its associated Beaty Biodiversity Research Centre, public lectures on biodiversity topics, and film screenings.
The Beaty Biodiversity Museum was listed as the "Best Collection of Weird Things in Drawers" in Georgia Straight's "Best of Vancouver 2013" list.