Tours & Open Houses

Check back often as events will be added to the website frequently — right up until Homecoming weekend!

UC Museum of Paleontology Tour

Friday 11 a.m.12 p.m.  

The University of California Museum of Paleontology contains more than five million specimens: invertebrate fossils and microfossils, ancient North American mammals, crocodilians, turtles, marine reptiles, and even massive dinosaurs who once roamed Montana and California. In this exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour, learn why these collections are critical to understanding global change past and present.

Limited to 25 people on a first-come, first served basis.


University Police Meet-and-Greet

Friday 11 a.m.1 p.m.  

Come to the south side of Sproul Hall for a meet-and-greet session with the University Police (UCPD). UCPD handles all patrol, investigation, crime prevention education, emergency preparedness, and related duties for the campus community. Discuss safety and security with officers and learn about their services and specialized units such as the tactical, canine, and bomb teams.

Sponsored by: 

Essig Museum of Entomology Open House

Friday 12 p.m.6 p.m.  
Saturday 10 a.m.6 p.m.  

Don’t miss this unique chance to view the weird and wonderful world of insects and spiders at the Essig Museum, home to more than five million insect specimens collected over 100 years’ time from western North America, Hawaii, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Tahiti. Learn how specimens are used to discover new species, decipher evolutionary questions, and understand where and how these creatures live.


UC Botanical Garden Tour

Saturday 11 a.m.  
Saturday 12:30 p.m.  
Saturday 1:30 p.m.  
Sunday 11 a.m.  
Sunday 12:30 p.m.  
Sunday 1:30 p.m.  
Friday 11 a.m.  
Friday 12:30 p.m.  
Friday 1:30 p.m.  

Explore the incredible diversity of plant habitats from six continents — redwood forests, deserts, tropical forests, wetlands — at the UC Botanical Garden. Feast your senses on special collections of orchids and carnivorous plants, the Garden of Old Roses, and spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge. You can take a docent-led tour or visit any time during open hours for a self-guided stroll. We strongly recommend visiting on Friday or Sunday, as access on Saturday can be severely limited due to football road closures. 

The UC Berkeley Botanical Garden has waived admission for Homecoming guests — simply show your badge at the entrance.


Campus Walking Tour

Friday 10 a.m.11:30 a.m.  
Friday 1 p.m.2:30 p.m.  
Saturday 10 a.m.11:30 a.m.  
Saturday 11 a.m.12:30 p.m.  
Saturday 1 p.m.2:30 p.m.  

Learn about campus architecture, history, and university life during a 90-minute walking tour led by a knowledgeable campus ambassador.


Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Tour

Friday 1 p.m.2 p.m.  

Visit one of the largest university-based collections of tetrapod vertebrates in the world, including about 700,000 superb bird, mammal, reptile, and amphibian specimens from around the globe. You’ll see rare and extinct animal specimens and learn about research projects aimed at answering fundamental questions about evolution and conservation.

Limited to 25 people on a first-come, first-served basis.


Mandarin-Language Campus Walking Tour

Friday 2 p.m.3:30 p.m.  
Saturday 9:30 a.m.11 a.m.  

Learn about campus architecture, history, and university life during a 90-minute walking tour with a knowledgeable, Mandarin-speaking campus ambassador.


Spanish-Language Campus Walking Tour

Friday 2 p.m.3:30 p.m.  
Saturday 9:30 a.m.11 a.m.  

Learn about campus architecture, history, and university life during a 90-minute walking tour with a knowledgeable, Spanish-speaking student ambassador.


Walking Tour of Strawberry Creek

Friday 2 p.m.3:30 p.m.  

The UC Berkeley campus is not just a place of higher learning — it’s also a public open space with beautiful natural features. Join environmental protection specialists on a walking tour to learn about the history and ecosystem of Strawberry Creek, which flows through campus from top to bottom. 

Sponsored by: 
Office of Environmental Health & Safety and the Strawberry Creek Restoration Program

History Walking Tour

Friday 3 p.m.4:30 p.m.  

Take a fun, easy walking tour with one of UC Berkeley’s most revered campus historians: Peter S. Van Houten ’56, M.A. ’62, Ed. D. ’73. Over the course of 60-plus years on campus as a student and then administrator, Van Houten has developed an encyclopedic knowledge of memorable people, buildings, events, and traditions. Gain a special perspective and “meet” some important historical figures from Cal’s fascinating past.


Walking Tour of the Berkeley Bears

Friday 3:30 p.m.5 p.m.  

Bears are everywhere you look at Berkeley, and that’s not just the students! There are more than 25 statues and other artworks on and around campus representing our beloved mascot. Join a campus ambassador for this fun walking tour of the ursine representations that abound.


Cal Café

Friday 9 a.m.5 p.m.  
Saturday 8 kickoff  

Stop by to celebrate Homecoming with complimentary refreshments and light snacks. We will have multiple giveaways as well as a raffle! The café will close on Saturday at football kickoff. Visit for more information about the Cal Alumni Association.

Sponsored by: 
Cal Alumni Association

Doe and Moffitt Libraries and Gardner Stacks Open House

Friday 8 a.m.5 p.m.  
Saturday 9 a.m.5 p.m.  
Sunday 1 p.m.5 p.m.  

Explore these libraries that have served the campus for more than 100 years. Be awed by grand spaces like the North Reading Room and Heyns Reading Room and delve into the exhibits of the Bernice Layne Brown Gallery. Plus get special access to the 52 miles of shelves in the Gardner Stacks, simply show your badge at the entrance.


Fiat Yuks: Cal Student Humor, Then and Now

Friday 8 a.m.9 p.m.  
Saturday 9 a.m.5 p.m.  
Sunday 1 p.m.9 p.m.  

Let there be laughter! This exhibition features selections from UC Berkeley campus humor magazines, the yearbook, and other student publications.