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.

Darwin Day is coming!

Come join us for our annual celebration of Charles Darwin's birthday on February 12th and get a sneak peek behind the scenes at the Essig Museum. Besides numerous examples of natural selection among insects, there will be exhibits on display from the UC Botanical Gardens, The UC Museum of Paleontology, and the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology. Tours will be led by entomology graduate students and all ages are welcome! Please contact Deanna Jackson to reserve a spot on one of the tours (12:10, 1:10, 2:10, 3:10, 4:10) and to find out where to meet your group.

The CalBug Project

The Essig Museum Is collaborating with eight other California Arthropod Collections to digitize the label data of over one million specimens. Click on the logo to read more.

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.