Access and Hours
The MVZ administrative office is open Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8 am -12 pm and 1 pm -5 pm. Special arrangements can be made with individual Curators for use of the collections during evenings and weekends.
The Museum is set up primarily as a research facility that is closed to the public. Normally, there are no tours given or exhibits displayed inside the Museum. However, there are public displays directly outside the Museum and in the two adjoining hallways of the Valley Life Sciences Building.
In addition, we are open to the public with special displays during Cal Day.
Admission and use is granted to research scientists, graduate students, and other visitors with a scientific interest in the collections. Access to the collections is by appointment only. Requests to visit the collections should be made to the appropriate Curator at:Museum of Vertebrate Zoology
University of California
3101 Valley Life Sciences Building
Berkeley, California 94720-3160 USA
Phone: (510) 642-3567
Fax: (510) 643-8238
Access to the collections for graduate students is by appointment only, please contact the appropriate curator.
For undergraduates, there are several classes on campus that
either give short tours of the Museum, or use some of its collections
for teaching. For more information, see
Professors and Graduate students on campus can request a tour for their UCB class.
Please contact Monica Albe to set up a tour for your class.
Ideally, we should be contacted at the beginning of the semester. We will not consider tour requests with less than a month's advance notice.
Classes over 50 people should break up the tour times into sections.
Staff curators are in charge of pulling and reinstalling specimens, and we have limited staff resources, so please consider that when requesting a tour.