Whether you’ve been to UBC museums in pre-quarantine or given yourself another year of forgetting to enjoy the things to do on campus, we’ve put together a virtual guide to serve as a prelude to the in-person activities. that we are all so desperate to relive.
As the campus prepares for a full-scale recovery of its dynamic range of attractions, it wouldn’t hurt to get a taste of what we’ve been missing, from the comfort of our own homes.
Pacific Earth Museum
The Pacific Museum of Earth offers a full screen 3D interactive environment to make you discover its exhibitions. It features color-coded targets that let you read, hear, or watch as if you’ve walked through its front doors. You can let the virtual tour guide you through the exhibits until you find something that catches your eye, or browse at your own pace. Be sure to check out the OmniGlobe – Canada’s first animated planetary visualization exhibit open to the public and one of the museum’s most popular exhibits. Play around with the display and see for yourself how the planets, weather, ocean currents and all that is terrestrial come alive to project the phenomenal atmospheric harmony our planet has to offer.
Beaty Biodiversity Museum
The Beaty Biodiversity Museum offers online visitors the chance to interact with a handful of their exhibits, including the Sturgeon Harpoon Knowledge Web. This exhibit guides visitors through the Musqueam traditions of building the sturgeon harpoon – a hunting spear made from materials native to the environment – and the role of plants and animals in synthesizing this reliable and monumental tool. . The sturgeon harpoon symbolizes the preservation of the cultural traditions of past generations as well as a need for access to the environment in order to build the tool as planned. From eagle feathers to sea lion intestines, this exhibit provides a glimpse into the ingenuity of the Musqueam people.
UBC Botanical Garden
Stuck working at home and need a break from that recorded conference? The UBC Botanical Garden has just the solution! Enjoy a virtual tour of the TreeWalk through a 360-degree recording while reflecting on the importance of gardens in our lives. According to neurologist and author Oliver Sacks, interaction with the gardens is one of two types of non-pharmaceutical therapies found to be vitally important in neurological healing. This virtual tour serves both as a reminder and an exhibition of the role of greenery on our mental health. The next time your four walls start to get a little too gray, access the virtual TreeWalk and reconnect with one of UBC’s rawest interactions with nature.
With the current restrictions on air travel, it has become increasingly difficult for students and staff to explore cultures on campus as well as elsewhere in the world. The Anthropology Museum opened its virtual doors by providing an online collection of artifacts containing more than 48,000 objects from almost every habitable region on the planet. Navigate to “explore the world” and let your curiosity take over. Want to know how colorful the Andean people dressed? Use the advanced search to filter the civilization of your choice.
No matter how far away you are from campus today, you’re just one click away from discovering what UBC museums have to offer!