Welcome to The WFVZ, "The Bird Museum"
The Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable corporation, is both a natural history collection specializing in eggs and nests of birds from around the world, and a research and education institution dedicated to bird conservation. The Foundation's collections are among the largest in the world, and its mission is to contribute to the conservation of the world’s wild bird species through the accessibility of the collections and their data to researchers, educators, students, and the public. The WFVZ also contributes to bird conservation through bird education programs for scientific professionals and the public, and field- and collections-based bird conservation research projects and publications.
Hoilday Open House - Tueday December 27th from 10:00am to 12:00pm - no reservation required, $5.00 per person - free to Members.
UPCOMING PUBLIC TOURS- Must call for Reservations 805-388-9944.
The next tours will be Wednesday December 14th at 3:30, Wednesday January 11th at 3:30 and Friday January 27th at 3:00pm. Please call for Reservations 805-388-9944
Public Tours for Individuals and Families: Call at least one day in advance to get on the waiting list; 22 people maximum per tour.
Group tours: for 10-40 people, for elementary school through college, and civic & private groups. Tours are 1 hours long & are scheduled from Monday-Friday, 10:00-3:00pm. For reservations, call at least one month in advance.
Walk-ins: Individuals & small groups can also walk through the WFVZ museum without a tour. Call at least 1 day in advance to make an appointment.
The entry fee for all tours and walk-ins is $5.00 per person. Children age 5 and under are free, and WFVZ Members always get in for free!
Video of the Museum - Video del Museo WFVZ Museum
The Museum's hours of operation for researchers are Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4:45 pm. The WFVZ is not open to the public except by prior appointment. Researchers must contact us and give us at least 48 hours notice if they want access to the collections. (View a list of services offered to researchers.) To search our computerized data electronically, please visit the VERTNET portal.