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Berkeley Natural History Museums (BNHM)

BNHM Collections total over 12 million specimens & represent the most complete holdings of living and extinct California flora and fauna.

The origins of the BNHM member institutions date to the period between 1880 and 1920 a time when natural history and the study of humanity were intimately linked. Natural scientists such as William Henry Holmes and John Wesley Powell, members of both the early U.S. Geological Survey and the Bureau of American Ethnology, embodied this connection between natural history and the study of humankind.

The collections began at a time when natural history and anthropology studies were passing from the hands of committed amateurs to professionals trained in the scientific method.  Evolution, ecology, and modern anthropology all have their roots in this time period.

Click here to read about the origins of the Berkeley Natural History Museums.

(510) 642-6968
Berkeley Natural History Museums
3101 Valley Life Sciences Building
Berkeley, CA 94720-3070


Mission Statement

BNHM is engaged in a number of different project areas that represent the concerns of its six member museums and eight field stations (see the BNHM Homepage for links to these museums and field stations). As a consortium, we are constantly seeking ways to work together to enhance public education programs, informatics, and research. The following items outline where we have been in each area, and where we want to go:

  1. Education and Public Programs
  2. Building Knowledge Networks in Support of Scientific Research
  3. Digitizing Museum Specimens and Ancillary Materials
  4. Targeted Research Projects

Click here to view our Mission Statement.

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