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The Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology, Camarillo

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Natural History Museum · Hidden Gem · Specialty Museum
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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.
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  • Went here for a scientific lecture on bird DNA and walked around before and after to look at the bird exhibits - 100's of stuffed birds. Lecture was great, I learned a lot. I'm thinking of becoming....  more
    Went here for a scientific lecture on bird DNA and walked around before and after to look at the bird exhibits - 100's of stuffed birds. Lecture was great, I learned a lot. I'm thinking of becoming....  more »
  • This is the most amazing science/museum attraction that you've never heard of. An enormous collection of bird skins and eggs, as well as much other natural history. World renowned researchers on... 
    This is the most amazing science/museum attraction that you've never heard of. An enormous collection of bird skins and eggs, as well as much other natural history. World renowned researchers on...  more »
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  • The Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology has to be one of the seven wonders of the world. The museum houses over one million specimens. Everything from nests to eggs and of course the birds themselves. It is a great venue for kids and adults. The displays are simply incredible. There is easy parking and the entrance fee is affordable for the whole family. The staff are very knowledgable and eager to share their knowledge.
  • There just isn't any place like The Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology! I fancy myself a pretty decent explorer when it comes to finding interesting things to see and do in socal... and I had never heard about this until very recently! I saw a picture of the room and it didn't look real. It looked like a room I HAD to visit! Check their website as you need to schedule a tour, which they offer a few times a month. The tour is really more for adults, but I went with my toddler. We got there a half hour early, and the woman who ran it was SUPER cool and let us into the exhibit early and showed us around a little bit! She gave us free rain and showed my son things he could touch. It was awesome... so we had our turn to really explore on our own before the tour in case my son wouldn't stay still for it. Well... he wasn't exactly still, but he was good enough that we made it through the tour, so I got to learn a lot as well. They are super cool, friendly, informative and knowledgable. Any kind of taxidermy bird, egg, or bird's nest... they have... probably a few hundred of! They have some other fossils and interesting things too. It's just a room you need to see to appreciate. It's just so unique and kind of feels like it has been forgotten about (though if you're into birds you know of this place for sure). Definitely check it out!!! Make a day of it and look into other things in the area like The Pleasant Valley Historical Society and Botanical Gardens, The Commemorative Air Force Museum (where your kids can go inside a few planes and a helicopter), or the Antiques Mall of Camarillo. You can venture to Oxnard or Venture as well!

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