Posted a day later than promised, but never mind.
My excursion was to the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, a gem on the UBC campus. It puts UBC’s natural history collections on view (parts of them, at least). There’s the Cowan Tetrapod Collection (birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles), the Herbarium, the Spencer Entomological Collection (insects, spiders and other arthropods), the Fish Museum, the Marine Invertebrate Collection, and the Fossil Collection.
Its a lot of collection.
The blue whale skeleton and the gift shop can be seen by anyone who stops by; if you pay admission, you get to go into the depths. That’s where the collections are kept.
After seeing a sampling in the area under the whale, you enter an enormous room with row after row after row of long, tall specimen cabinets.
Much of the collection is behind locked cabinet doors and accessible only to researchers, but the cabinets do have display cases built into them as well.
The lighting is dim and dramatic, to protect the specimens, which means that it’s pretty hard to take pictures with a handheld camera, and the glass makes photography that much more challenging. Not to mention that since I rarely take pictures indoors it hadn’t occured to me to look up the settings for artificial lighting… sigh. So a low shutter speed meant that many pix didn’t turn out well, and many of those that did had weird colours. I did a bit of colour correction and other finetuning in Photoshop, but some I left as they were, because on the whole the color rather added to the ambience.
Here are the rest of them. Go see them yourselves!