Generally speaking, we ask that visitors in the museum be kept to a minimum. If you do bring visitors into the MVZ, it is crucial that you introduce them to the receptionist at the front desk. This is especially important when student workers are at the desk because they may not be familiar with the entire MVZ community. The receptionist’s job is to protect the collections by screening for unauthorized guests. If you are expecting visitors, let the Front Office Manager know in advance. If you do not plan to be at the front desk when they arrive, leave a phone number where you can be reached.

Additionally, just because you bring a visitor in does not mean you have authorization to show visitors the collection, open cases, etc. Please check with MVZ curators for each collection before giving any tours.


The MVZ is not a public museum. However, tours can be arranged for UC Berkeley labs, classes, and for special events on a case-by-case basis. All tours are arranged through the staff. Carlie Magill (carliemagill[at] is the coordinator and tour requests should be initiated by first completing this form. Please give at least one month’s notice for your tour request. Access to the collections for tours must be approved by the appropriate Staff or Faculty Curator, and requests for specimens or archival material should be conveyed well in advance (preferably a month or more) prior to the tour date. Requests made less than 2 weeks prior to tour date will be denied.