A research museum, UCMP is open to research scientists, graduate students, and other visitors with a scientific interest in the collections. Public vistors may visit during its annual open house on Cal Day. Some fossil exhibits, including a Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton and a Triceratops skull, are on display in public spaces in the Valley Life Sciences Building.
Collections include specimens and tissue samples of amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals, as well as field notes and photographs, historical annotated maps and correspondence, avian sound recordings, chromosome and histology preparations, anatomical and film collections, and terrestrial vertebrate natural history artwork
Admission and use is granted to research scientists, graduate students, and other visitors with a scientific interest in the collections. Public visitors may attend the MVZ's annual open house on Cal Day. Some exhibits are on display outside the Museum in the public spaces of the Valley Life Sciences Building.
Established in 1890, the UC Botanical Garden contains over 10,000 types of plants including many rare and endangered species. Organized geographically, the Garden features 9 regions of naturalistic plantings from Italy to South Africa, along with a major collection of California native plants.
The herbaria are open for use by legitimate researchers and an orientation by the herberia staff is required before the collections can be used. The non-circulating herbarium library is open only to in-house staff, students working under the sponsorship of the herbaria, and visiting researchers. Some herbaria materials are on exhibit in the public spaces of the Valley Life Sciences Building.