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Fire Followers

Artist Megan Majewski and writer Sharon Roberts give voice to forests impacted by the BC wildfires.



Showcasing the art of the museum’s community, this exhibit celebrates the Beaty Biodiversity Museum’s first ten public years, and is a reminder that the museum is a place of recollection, of creativity, and of dreams.


Sturgeon Harpoon Knowledge Web

The Beaty Biodiversity Museum is on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam First Nation. In this collaborative exhibit, the making of a 35-foot-long sturgeon harpoon becomes an entry point to aspects of language, territory, health, technology, and Musqueam society. Find the organisms related to the harpoon in the museum, and immerse yourself in the web of knowledge that surrounds them.



Photographer David Ellingsen used expired medium-format polaroid film to take pictures of aquatic specimens from the Beaty Biodiversity Museum. The images were solarized and printed, creating evocative black-and-white photos, which are paired with exerpts from Rex Weyler discussing the impact of humanity on our oceans. Explore our fish and marine invertebrate collections through this exhibit.



Online Exhibits

Researchers Revealed

Researchers Revealed introduces scientists from UBC's Biodiversity Research Centre, and the work that they are doing. From oceans to deserts to far-off jungles, these researchers are roaming the globe and uncovering the answers to questions they have about our world. See what questions these scientists are asking, and discover how they are answering them.


Next Spring

There's no one way to make a flower. Katrina Vera Wong exhibits hybrid flowers (Frankenflora) pieced together from parts of dried or pressed plants. Look between cabinets 31.13 and 31.14 to find this exhibit.


From Meadows Woodlands Far and Near

Brigitte Potter-Mael is a gardener, artist, and print-maker in Vancouver; in 2009 she began working with botanist Dr. Hermann Muhle working at the Herbarium, Botanical Garden University of Ulm, Germany. From this, she began painting watercolour portraits of pressed plants on scrolls of translucent paper. Brigitte has also worked extensively with the Herbarium in the Beaty Biodiversity Museum.


100 Years, 100 Treasures

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the University of British Columbia, the Beaty Biodiversity Museum selected 100 treasures from its collection to inspire stories from the communities around the museum. Discover the treasures, large and small, contained in the museum.