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.
|Suspended above the T. rex, and with a wingspan close to 22
feet, this Pteranodon
ingens soars above the T. rex in the circular stairwell.
|An adult Triceratops horridus skull is found just inside the BioSciences
|...along with a cast of the smallest Triceratops skull ever found.
|A large case at the end of the central corridor houses
|A skull of Parasaurolophus walkeri, a crested hadrosaur from the
Judith River Formation of Saskatchewan, Canada
|Archaeopteryx lithographica, the earliest known feathered bird,
from the late Jurassic of Germany
|A juvenile Maiasaura peeblesorum, a hadrosaur from the Cretaceous
Two Medicine Formation of Montana
|Heterodontosaurus tucki, an early ornithiscian dinosaur from the
Triassic of South Africa
|Campylognathoides liasicus, an early Jurassic pterosaur from Germany.
The Valley Life Sciences Builiding (VLSB)
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
Docent tours may
be arranged for youth and school groups.