Cowan Vertebrate Museum

Cowan Vertebrate Museum
Department of Zoology
Centre for Biodiversity

About Us







ShelfWelcome to the website of Cowan Vertebrate Museum, located in beautiful UBC, Vancouver, Canada. The collection is now part of the Beaty Biodiversity Museum.

About the Museum:
Cowan Vertebrate Museum has over 18,000 mammal specimens, 17,500 birds, 7,000 bird eggs, and 1,600 amphibians & reptiles. All specimens are catalogued on a computerized database. Major geographical representation is for western Canada, particularly British Columbia. Specimens date back to the early 1900's; important historical accessions include the K. Racey collection of birds and mammals, the H.R. Macmillan ornithological collection, and the zoological collections of W.S. Maguire and J. Wynne.

If you have any questions regarding the museum or have requests to borrow some specimens, please feel free to contact us by the methods below.


Cowan Vertebrate Museum
Beaty Biodiversity Museum
2212 Main Mall
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1Z4
Tel: (604) 822-4665

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