UBC Attractions

Will you be arriving to campus on the weekend before the conference?

There’s a lot to see and do while you’re visiting UBC for WILU 2016! Here’s a listing of UBC Attractions and tours/events offered before and during the conference. UBC Alumni Weekend is also set to take place May 28-29, so there will be a lot of activity on-campus! For more information about on-campus and off-campus attractions, see our Attractions page.

Beaty Biodiversity 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. The unique combination of world-class research, paired with beautiful, compelling exhibits, strives to make the research conducted at UBC more accessible to the public. Among the two million specimens is a 26-metre-long blue whale skeleton suspended in the atrium!

See the Daily Programs and Special Events offerings, included in admission.

Botanical Garden & Nitobe Memorial Garden

Canada’s oldest continuously operated university-based botanical garden, with a collection of approximately 120,000 accessioned plants representing over 6,000 taxa and including major international collections.

Scheduled & drop-in tours are included in admission.

The Nitobe Memorial Garden is a traditional Japanese Tea and Stroll garden. A place of reflection, where each step reveals a new harmony, the garden is designed to suggest a span of time – a day, a week or a lifetime – with a beginning, choice of paths, and ending.

Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery
Internationally recognized for its exhibitions, programs, and online projects, the Belkin Art Gallery is one of Canada’s premier showcases for contemporary art. It specializes in Canadian avant-garde art of the 1960s and 1970s.

Check out their website for current exhibitions and events.

Museum of Anthropology
MOA is a place of extraordinary architectural beauty, provocative programming, and exciting exhibitions. From towering totem poles in its spectacular Great Hall, to more than 10,000 objects from around the world housed in our Multiversity Galleries, MOA offers endless opportunities for visitors to discover and learn about their own and other cultures.

Daily tours are included with admission.

Pacific Museum of the Earth (PME)

Explore the Pacific Museum of Earth and discover the wonders of our dynamic planet. Tour 4.5 billion years through the evolution of Earth, touch a real dinosaur bone, be informed about the hazards of natural disasters, gaze at dazzling mineral and gem displays, and more.

The PME is closed on the weekend.


TRIUMF is a publicly funded, national research laboratory focusing on basic science in particle physics, nuclear physics, materials science, nuclear medicine, and accelerator physics.

Drop-in tours are available.  Saturday Morning Lectures are at a level appropriate for the general public, and everyone is welcome. They are free but require registration.

UBC Museums and Gardens Pass

If you’re interested in visiting multiple UBC attractions, consider purchasing this pass.  It provides admission to each of the Museum of Anthropology (MOA), UBC Botanical Garden, Nitobe Memorial Garden, and the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, along with savings at the UBC Bookstore and various food venues.  It can be purchased at any of the participating attractions.