The UCMP is primarily a research museum and thus our collections are only open to the public during our annual open house on Cal Day.
However, we do have a limited number of fossil exhibits on display outside of the collection. These can be viewed, free of charge, any time the Valley Life Sciences Building is open (see building hours and location).
Note that these displays are made of casts from the original fossils, which are often too heavy for display purposes.
Exhibits on the first floor of the Valley Life Sciences Building
Exhibits on the second floor of the Valley Life Sciences Building
So, where is the real museum?
We often hear this question. By this, people usually mean, “Where are the physical exhibits displayed?” By definition, museums are devoted to the collection and preservation of objects which might otherwise be lost to future generations.
Public exhibits are very important for most museums, but are rarely the primary purpose. As the state repository for California fossils, UCMP’s research collection is extensive and is of tremendous importance for researchers.
Docent-led tours for school and youth groups
Guided tours, accompanied by a graduate student docent, are available for school and youth groups during the academic year. The tours are scheduled upon availability of a docent. Find out more about these tours.