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 is Coming
Cal Day is taking place on Saturday, April 20th. Come see our exhibits in the Valley Life Sciences Building (VLSB) near the West Gate of the Berkeley campus. View our special display drawers in VLSB 3003 (on the third floor), learn about extinctions among California animals and plants AND see live insects and spiders in the VLSB courtyard, then bring the kids to the lawn south of the VLSB for insect-themed arts and crafts, face painting, and bug hunts!
The CalBug Project
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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.
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Researchers: Apply for our Visiting Taxonomist Travel Grant! Click here to learn more.