Each April, CalDay is the one day of the year where visitors can tour the museums, meet the curators and staff, and learn about flora and fauna in our collections. Visit each of the museum homepages for more information on individual events or visit the Campus Berkeley’s CalDay Page for more details.
UC Botanical Garden is located above the main campus and displays over 10,000 species of plants from around the world, a living museum that is open daily to the public. They offer a large selection of public programs, too, including outdoor concerts in the newly renovated amphitheater.
Displays from some of the Berkeley Natural History Museums can be viewed, free of charge, any time the Valley Life Sciences Building is open. Specimens on display include a freestanding mount of Tyrannosaurus rex, a soaring pterosaur, living relatives of Cretaceous plants, a display on human evolution, and a series of cases for the Berkeley Natural History Museums on the 3rd floor.
Ever wonder how an animal becomes a specimen? Take a virtual tour of the process with the online exhibit Doing Natural History: the journey of an animal in the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology.
Each of the six Berkeley Natural History Museums list events on the Cal Events Online Calendar or check their home page.
Workshops and Seminars
BNHM offers a variety of lecture series, workshops, and exhibitions that are open to the public, including:
- Botanical Garden public lectures and workshops – Ongoing year round programs, family friendly
- Jepson Herbarium workshops – Year-round workshops to hone your naturalist skills or develop new ones. Both on campus and in the field.
- University of California Museum of Paleontology Short Course – Usually a spring workshop bringing experts on topics together for an intensive and in person experience.
- Hearst Museum Short Courses and family programming – Family friendly.
- East Bay Science Cafe is now Science on Solano – Coffee, science and conversation!
The consortium has offered occasional Biodiversity Informatics Seminars. In addition, our museums offer regular weekly seminars during the fall and spring semesters.