About Us


The society was developed as a non-profit educational institution devoted to the teaching of microscopy and as a meeting place where members could share their experiences and techniques.

Public programs are held bi-monthly at sites around the San Francisco Bay Area, traditionally on the second Wednesday of the month, September through May and occasionally on Saturday when a longer program is scheduled. Programs presented at these meetings cover a wide range of topics within the various fields of investigation in which the microscope is used. Active training programs in the use of the microscope are presented by members and invited speakers from the SF Bay Area and beyond as opportunities arise. Visitors are always welcome at the public meetings.

The society consists of active microscopists who use the microscope in their employment, and amateurs who work with the microscope for their own diversion and pleasure. The members' interests cover biology and medical studies, mineralogy, diatoms, chemical microscopy, forensic science, and other areas. We are always interested in expanding our membership to establish a broader base of communications amongst the scientific and educational community. Our objective is to become a focal point for microscopists throughout the Bay Area.

Please see the Contact Information page for more information.


General meetings are held at these venues:

Randall Museum
199 Museum Way, downstairs
San Francisco, CA

Merritt College 
12500 Campus Drive, building D, room 247
Oakland, CA
($2.00 daily parking permit)

Board meetings are held in Oakland in alternate months from member meetings, usually on the third Sunday of the month. Please contact us for the location and time.