The Essig Museum of Entomology is a world-class terrestrial arthropod collection with a historical focus on surveying the insect fauna of California. Today that focus has broadened to include the eastern Pacific Rim and the islands of the Pacific Basin.
The Essig Museum is part of a consortium of museums on the UC Berkeley campus, the Berkeley Natural History Museums.

Cal Day: Bug Day

Saturday, April 16th, 2016, is Cal Day. The campus-wide open house at UC Berkeley is held annually from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the third Saturday of April. Many departments, museums, academic and social organizations host displays, talks, and events. Cal Day is the best time for the general public to visit the Essig Museum, as we have displays, presentations, live arthropods, and other fun and educational offerings. We will have exotic insects on display in VLSB 3003, and will join the other Berkeley Natural History Museums in the VLSB courtyard on the second floor for a special collaborative exhibit.

The Valley Life Sciences Building (VLSB), home to the Essig Museum and other Berkeley Natural History Museums, is the perfect destination for Cal Day. The UC Musuem of Paleontology, the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology and the University and Jepson Herbaria will also have tours, displays and activities for all ages. Join us for an exciting and interesting look behind the scenes at the Berkeley Natural History Museums on Cal Day!

Want to learn more?

Please feel free to search our databases or find out a little bit about our research and products. We also have an especially rich museum history and have a number of special collections unique to the museum.


Interested in coming to see us?

Please join us for one of our events or arrange for a research visit.
Researchers: Apply for our Visiting Taxonomist Travel Grant! Click here to learn more.

Support the Essig Museum

Donate to the Essig Museum through our Give To Cal site.

Or participate in the Big Give on November 19, 2015.