Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

Bacon Hall, UC Berkeley Photo by O.V. Lange

"The Museums" natural history collection at UC Berkeley 1873 prior to BNHM and MVZ. photo by O.V. Lange

The Musem of Vertbrate Zoology (MVZ) is a research collection within University of California Berkeley located in the Valley Life Sciences Building with the other Berkeley Natural History Museums (BNHM). The MVZ, founded in 1908, houses one of the most important collections of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians on the west coast. The collections currently include over 700,000 records from all over the world. Supporting a vibrant reserach community, the historical collections have been integral to our understanding of how animals adapt to a changing climate.

Currently, these MVZ collections are available to search through the Ecoengine:

  • Bird Collection
  • Bird Observatons
  • Egg and Nest Collection
  • Herpetological Collection
  • Herpetological Observations
  • Mammal Collection
  • Mammal Observations
  • Hildebrand Collection