Special Exhibits

A collection of miscellaneous exhibits that UCMP has put together over the years. Please note: due to lack of resources and staffing these modules aren't being updated.

Fossil footprints through geologic time Fossil footprints through geologic time
Learn about the variety of fossil tracks that have been found worldwide, how they were made, and how they have been studied. Produced in collaboration with the University of Colorado.
The geology and paleontology of the Caldecott Tunnel's Fourth Bore The geology and paleontology of the Caldecott Tunnel's Fourth Bore
Learn about the tectonic history and geology of the East Bay Hills, the excavation of the tunnel, and the fossils recovered during the excavation.
Fossil eggshell Fossil eggshell: Fragments from the past
Discover what fossil eggshell can tell us about the layer of an egg — its anatomy, behavior, growth rate, identity, and more. Produced in collaboration with the University of Colorado.
Fossils in our parklands Fossils in our parklands: Examples of UCMP service and stewardship
The National Park Service was established in 1916 as a result of a conference held in Berkeley the year before. UCMP and the campus as a whole are partnering with the National Park Service and the National Geographic Society in March to celebrate the Park Service's centennial.
Secrets of the stomatopod: An underwater research adventure Secrets of the stomatopod: An underwater research adventure
What in the world are stomatopods? In July 2001, a research team spent 10 days living underwater to learn more about these fascinating, little-known crustaceans in their natural environment.
The San Jose mammoth The San Jose mammoth
Read the story of the 2005 discovery of a mammoth fossil in San Jose, California and the work UCMP did to excavate and preserve it.
Vertebrate Flight Vertebrate Flight
Visit our series of pages on the wonder of flight in vertebrates. How do they do it? How and why did flight evolve? What do a pterosaur, a bat, and a bird have in common? Find out for yourself!
Coelacanths! Coelacanths!
You've read about it in the newspapers and heard about it on the evening news, now you can learn all about the Sulawesi coelacanths from the UC Berkeley researchers who made the discovery.
Vendian Animals Vendian Animals
Along with colleagues from the Paleontological Institute of Russia, UCMP researchers have worked extensively with the troublesome creatures of the Vendian. You can learn about these earliest animals in his exhibit.
<i>Dilophosaurus</i>! Dilophosaurus!
Visit a very special account of the discovery and reconstruction of this dinosaur. The exhibit is narrated by UCMP's own Sam Welles, discoverer of Dilophosaurus!
Explorations thru time Explorations Through Time
A series of interactive modules that explore the history of life on Earth, while focusing on the processes of science. Each module contains suggested lesson plans and an extensive teacher’s guide.


The UCMP is primarily a research museum and our collections are only open to the public during our annual open house on Cal Day. However, we have a limited number of fossil exhibits on display, including a magnificent Tyrannosaurus rex . These can be viewed, free of charge, any time the Valley Life Sciences Building is open. Learn more here.


1101 Valley Life Sciences Building
Berkeley, CA 94720-4780

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