Activities and Events

Cal Day: Bug Day

Cal Day, a campus-wide open house at UC Berkeley, is held annually 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!

Darwin/Evolution Day at the Essig Museum!

Each year, the Essig Museum celebrates Darwin's birthday and Evolution on February 12th. Museum staff conduct special behind-the-scenes tours of our museum in the Valley Life Sciences Building while also showing how Darwin and other naturalists improved our understanding of how evolution works in the natural world. Exhibits include specimens on loan from other Berkeley Natural History Museums like the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, The University and Jepson Herbaria, The UC Museum of Paleontology, and the UC Botanical Gardens.

Tours will take place at noon, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 or 4:00. Space is limited, so please contact Deanna Jackson to RSVP for one of the tours.

Berkeley Natural History Museum Events

The Berkeley Natural History Museum Consortium hosts a number of events over the year. Please see the events calendar for the Berkeley Natural History Museums.

Other UC Berkeley Events

UC Berkeley Department of Integrative Biology (IB) Lecture Series

UC Berkeley Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM) Lectures and Events

UC Berkeley campus events calender