The Beaty Biodiversity Museum strives to inspire an understanding of biodiversity through collections-based research, education, outreach, and exhibits. As Vancouver’s natural history museum, we work to promote a greater sense of collective responsibility for the biodiversity of British Columbia, Canada, and the world.


As you explore the exhibits, look for these four symbols representing the drama, change, heritage, and conservation of biodiversity. A display connected to one of these themes will have the symbol highlighted.


A tide pool is a place of murder, thievery, deception, and conspiracy, but also a place of cooperation and interdependency. Explore the ecological interactions that sustain and define all life.


Biodiversity was not always as it is now. Learn about the dynamic mix of chance and circumstance that drives evolution and has produced all species alive today.


Discover how you are related to all life on Earth in a vast evolutionary tree descended from a single ancestral species, and explore the enormous diversity of both the past and present.


Biodiversity is important, but it is fading, and its fate is in your hands. Find out why biodiversity matters, what threatens it, and what you can do to help protect it.


Our cabinets house over 2 million specimens. The labels on the doors can tell you a lot about what is inside.

  1. cabinet contents
  2. cabinet number
  3. scientific name
  4. common name
  5. scientific classification
  6. image identification