Evolution Day 2023

February 12th, 2023 (Sunday)

10:00am – 5:00pm (1 hour tours)

Reserve your free tickets now.

Each year, the Essig Museum celebrates Charles Darwin’s birthday (February 12th, 1809) and Alfred Russel Wallace’s birthday (January 8th, 1823) with special behind-the-scenes tours of our collection in the Valley Life Sciences Building (VLSB). Join us on February 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 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm from the foot of the Tyrranosaurus rex skeleton in VLSB.

We will be limiting the number of people in our small exhibit space, so reserve your free tickets now with Eventbrite. Note: There are multiple tour times – click More Options under When and Where on Eventbrite to choose a time slot.

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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).