Evolution Day 2024

February 11th & 12th, 2024 (Sunday & Monday)

11:00am – 5:00pm (1 hour tours)

Tickets available via Eventbrite

Each year, the Essig Museum celebrates the birthdays of Charles Darwin (February 12th, 1809), Alfred Russel Wallace (January 8th, 1823), and Henry Bates (February 8th, 1825) with special behind-the-scenes tours of our collection in the Valley Life Sciences Building (VLSB). Join us on February 11 or 12 for a special look at our collections featuring beetles collected by Darwin during his Voyage of the Beagle. We will also take a closer look at adaptations – traits that evolved over millions of years to help insects obtain food, avoid predators, and find mates.

Tours will begin at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm from the foot of the Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton in VLSB.

We will be limiting the number of people in our small exhibit space, so reserve your free tickets with Eventbrite . Note: There are multiple tour times – check the Select Date and Time options on Eventbrite to choose a time slot. And please consider making a donation using our secure online system to help us continue our mission of research and education.

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Looking at specimens
Each year we hosts three events when we open our doors to the public: Darwin Day (February), Cal Day (April), and Homecoming (October).