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Come learn about the astounding diversity of phytoplankton – tiny plant-like organisms that live throughout our world’s oceans. An entire ecosystem, invisible to the naked eye, has dramatic impacts on the air we breathe, the fish we eat, and even Earth’s climate. Biological Oceanography Master’s student Alysia Herr will explore the “paradox of the plankton” – why do we see such a vast diversity of species in an environment so seemingly uniform? What role do these organisms play in their environment, and in what surprising ways might they be affecting our climate?

Included with museum admission or membership.

Beaty Nocturnal
Thursday, December 15 | 5:00 - 8:30 pm
Come by for a night at the museum! Every month, the museum will stay open late with admission by donation between 5:00-8:30 pm, offering family-friendly activities.

Join us on December 15 and learn more about the species that may keep Santa company at the North Pole!


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Ecosystems In Play: Exploring Biodiversity Through Gaming
September 17, 2016 - September 3, 2017

How can ecologists inspire children to learn about the natural world in a way that is fun and familiar? This exhibition lets you step inside  Phylo - a game that lets you collect, trade, and play with cards based on real-life organisms - and see how life within an ecosystem is connected, and how some environmental events can have damaging effects on life.

Included with museum admission or membership.

100 Years, 100 Treasures
May 28, 2016 - May 28, 2017

After months of speculation, the top ten treasures have been revealed! To mark UBC’s centennial year, 100 Years, 100 Treasures explores the history of the museum collections intertwined with the history of the university. Visitors can hear what the experts have to say about the top specimens in a video installation and share their own favourite treasures in an interactive social media component: #MyBeatyTreasure

Included with museum admission or membership.

Grahame Arnould: Turning Heads
November 17, 2016 - April 2, 2017

This exhibit highlights the work of editorial cartoonist, Grahame Arnould. As an avid outdoorsman, Arnould’s work often focuses on biodiversity and threats to the environment. In the tradition of editorial cartooning, the works in this display attempt to raise awareness of these issues. Visitors can also get involved by writing their own caption for a funny gag cartoon.

Included with museum admission or membership.

We are open this holiday season 
Bring your family to the Beaty Biodiversity Museum this holiday season! The museum is open for our regular hours Tuesday-Sunday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm throughout December. In addition to all Mondays, we will be closed on Saturday, December 24; Sunday, December 25; and Sunday, January 1. Visit our website for more information.
Get your holiday shopping done at the museum gift shop
December starts tomorrow! Have you started your holiday shopping yet? Don’t panic! The Beaty gift shop has everything you need! Books, games, kitchen tools: we have something for everyone! Open whenever the museum is.
Did you know that as a member of the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, you can enjoy many membership benefits at partnered museums and galleries? This includes 20% off admission at the Royal BC Museum, Science World at TELUS World of Science, and the Museum of Vancouver, among many others! Learn more.
Biodiversity Around Town 
VanDusen Festival of Light
December 1, 2016 - January 2, 2017
Vandusen Botanical Garden

Christmas Tree Lighting
Friday, December 2
Robston Square

Bird Survey
Sunday, December 18
UBC Farms
December 20, 2016 – December 31, 2016
West End Ice Skating Rink

Light the Night
Wednesday, December 21
Nitobe Memorial Garden

November 25, 2016 – December 31, 2016
Crowe Street & West 1st Avenue, Vancouver

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Tuesday-Sunday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. 
The museum is closed on Mondays and statutory holidays. 
New! The museum is open late on the third Thursday of every month with admission by donation.

A Beaty Biodiversity Museum membership means joining and supporting a lively community of people inspired by biodiversity, engaged with the natural world, and dedicated to conservation. 

About the Museum
The Beaty Biodiversity Museum strives to inspire an understanding of biodiversity, its origins, and importance to humans through collections-based research, education, and outreach.
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