The Lawrence Hall of Science is UC Berkeley’s public science center and a destination for science fun for more than 40 years. Come visit our featured and ongoing exhibits—and explore science by doing science.
Build the Future
Open October 7
Experiment with motion and discover the physics behind flight in Design Quest's new elements: Fold and Fly, and Ramps and Rollers.
Get the Guide
Available online now
Whether playing with blocks or digging in the sand, young children identify and solve problems much like engineers do. So introduce your early learner to engineering at the Hall—and get our guide to continue at home.
Look at earthquake disasters, learn about seismic waves, and explore new planets discovered by NASA's Kepler Mission in our new Science On a Sphere® programs.
Visit our animals—including iguanas, chinchillas, and the insect zoo—and find out how they have adapted to their environments. Learn what they eat, where they live, and how they move.
Find out what scientists at UC Berkeley and around the world are working on—right now. View nanoparticles under an electron microscope, and watch climate change unfold in real time via a 3-D digital projection of the Earth.
Team up with Cal Engineering students to tackle a design challenge—a bridge, kinetic sculpture, scribbling machine—then build a prototype and test it. Wooden blocks and a gravity wall keep young designers busy.
Stargaze in our planetarium, or climb through an 18-foot granite sunstone that tracks the position of the Earth in space. Observe actual weather patterns and city lights on a six-foot-diameter, 3-D digital projection of our planet.
Stack and connect massive foam blocks and shapes. Crawl through a kaleidoscope, assemble a track on the gravity wall, or scale the back of a life-sized model fin whale.
Experience small-scale versions of the geologic forces that have shaped the Bay Area. Control the water flow from the simulated Sierra Nevada, set erosion in motion at our hands-on erosion tables, and check out the Bay with powerful telescopes.
Enjoy math games from all over the world. Try a hexagonal board game from Denmark, a 4,000-year-old Chinese number puzzle, a pattern game from the Congo, and more.
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