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Places to Learn by Seeing

Early works by renowned artists, rare botanical specimens, live insects and contemporary Native American art: Our museums and collections focus on both the individual and the whole. They educate while entertaining us. You’ll see grade-school classes, college students and seasoned scholars learning what is new — what is old — and what is enlightening about our world.

We also maintain five of the UC Natural Reserve System's network of protected natural areas throughout California. Visit these preserved ecosystems to learn about tidepools, oak woodlands and rare vernal pools.

Special Collections

For a treat, visit the Special Collections department in Shields Library and find rare books, manuscript collections and the University Archives.

The Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven

Visitors come to this outdoor museum year-round to observe and learn about bees and the plants that support them.

Bohart Museum of Entomology

This museum houses a global collection of nearly 8 million terrestrial and fresh-water specimens, live ones and a gift shop.

Manetti Shrem Museum of Art

Dedicated to art education for students of all ages, our newest museum opened in fall 2016 and includes the UC Davis Fine Arts Collection.

Botanical Conservatory

Our conservatory is a classroom, a research lab and public treasure trove of tropicals as well as carnivorous, desert dwellers and orchids.

The C.N. Gorman Museum

The museum features contemporary Native American and Indigenous art in changing exhibitions and our permanent collections.

Department of Anthropology Museum

Learn about anthropology from our museum’s cultural and biological resources. School groups and researchers welcome.

Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology

Bird banding, animal inventories and field biology are just a few activities this museum does in its goal to discover, educate and conserve.

Design Museum

Explore exhibitions about architecture, fashion, graphics, textiles, technology and popular culture that reflect diverse and global aspects of design.

UC Davis Center for Plant Diversity and Herbarium

We identify plants! Our field projects and our herbarium of 300,000 pressed plants document plant diversity over time and space.