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Beaty Biodiversity Museum
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Grafing, Germany
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23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great museum”
Reviewed 31 December 2013 via mobile

Great collection and very helpful staff. If you like to understand the development of life on our planet, you definitely want to go there.

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“You will never see anything like this”
Reviewed 6 November 2013

Do not think Museum when you are preparing to visit this INCREDIBLE place. Think of a massive library, filled with shelves of everything living (but dead of course) thing you could ever imagine - there are thousands of things to look at. We took the time to watch the video, in a comfy theatre, of the building of the Spectacular Blue Whale exhibit in the entrance. Try to make the time for this great documentary. There is lots to touch and feel and a special kids area at the back for a taking a breather. Plan to spend at least 3 hours here - all day if you can. We took the bus from downtown - easy trip!

Visited October 2013
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Banff, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Interesting and extensive”
Reviewed 30 October 2013

We visited whilst on holiday, this place is huge!
The skeleton of a female blue whale is what greets you first- huge and imposing, i's strung up over the entrance to the archives. The whale itself is worth a visit to this museum, it's spectacular. Further down are hundreds (thousands?) of animal and plant specimens, there are so many to view and read about that he museum really demands 2 or 3 hours worth of time to get through it all.
This lace is not terribly interactive, however, so for young kids this place could get boring quite quickly. There are a few things that kids are able to touch and feel- whale teeth, bones, birds feet, even smell some whale blubber (gross!) and staff are very happy to answer questions and show you around, but overall this museum feels more aimed towards adults.

Visited October 2013
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Eugene, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Fantastic Museum and Staff”
Reviewed 9 October 2013 via mobile

We visited the museum on a week day with kids and adults. Getting there was quite easy, with parking available on the UBC campus, which is beautiful in it's own right. We spent a couple of hours there and only had to leave because the kids were getting hungry. The blue whale skeleton and movie describing the process of getting it to UBC was interesting and appropriate for all ages (aged 6+ in our case). Looking through the cases of specimens and their descriptions was accessible and easy to understand without getting overwhelmed. The best part, however, was the staff. Margo was a wealth of information about many thing and inquisitive about our own story as well. We also spent some time helping dissect a sheep's eye and everybody learned something new. The kids were kept interested as were the adults and I would definitely recommend this museum. Upstairs had a small gift shop and cafe, which provided adequate options without becoming the focus of the excursion, which can happen at other museums.

Visited October 2013
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“Beautiful Surroundings”
Reviewed 28 September 2013

The Beaty Biodiversity Museum is located on the Main Mall of the beautiful University of British Columbia campus. This natural history museum has more than two million specimens, including the skeleton of a female blue whale that was found buried and subsequently excavated at Tignish, Prince Edward Island. The skeleton was perhaps the high point of our visit to this museum. Most of the other exhibits we had seen in other museums visited during our travels. This lighting in this museum was not particularly conducive to taking pictures.

Visited September 2013
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