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We are UC Berkeley’s Public Science Center and we are located in the hills above the UC Berkeley campus. Visit us at 1 Centennial Drive and step into the shoes of a scientist. The Hall is open 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Our exhibits are open 7 days a week for Summer at the Hall, June 10–September 10, 2017. View the specific hours for the Animal Discovery Room and Ingenuity Lab.

Admission Prices

  • $12 Adults
  • $10 Children 3–18, Seniors 62+
  • Free for Members, children age 2 and under, UC Berkeley students and staff.
  • Tickets for our shows are $4 per person.
  • In 2016, we became a proud participant in Museums for All.

Open on these Holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Presidents’ Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Labor Day
  • Indigenous Peoples’ Day (Columbus Day)
  • Veterans Day

Open daily these weeks:

  • Summer at the Hall (June 10–Sept. 10, 2017)
  • Winter Weeks (December 18–31, 2017)
  • Spring Science Days (April 2–6, 2018)

Closed on these Holidays:

  • July 4th, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day

Fall Closure

The Hall is taking a short break, September 11–22. Read about our temporary closure and discover ways to enjoy science around the Bay Area. We look forward to seeing you when we reopen on Saturday, September 23.

Tickets for our shows are $4 per person and can be purchased at the Hall.

National Geographic 3D Theater

Visualize science in the National Geographic 3D Theater, complete with surround sound, and a large screen. See current shows and times.

Planetarium

Explore space through a guided 20-minute Planetarium program. Questions and activities are part of the show! See current shows and times.

Enhance Your Visit

The Bay View Cafe

Grab a fresh cup of Sightglass coffee and pair it with a hand-crafted pastry from Oakland’s own Starter Bakery, plus choose from our selection of healthy, grab-and-go salads, sandwiches, and snacks. The Cafe is open 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

The Discovery Corner Toy & Book Store

Share the wonders of science by combining fun with quality education. Our hand-picked, unique toys are designed to spark scientific curiosity and engage inquisitive minds.

Shop online 24/7

Transportation and Parking

Via the UC Berkeley Shuttle Service (Weekdays Only)

UC Berkeley runs shuttle buses Monday through Friday from the Berkeley BART station to the main campus, and from the main campus to the Hall. Call 510-642-5149 or 510-643-5708, or see Hill Service Shuttle for details.

Via AC Transit

The #65 bus runs hourly every day from the downtown Berkeley BART station to the Hall. For more information, please visit the Bay Area Traveler Guide at 511 or call "511" from any local area code to ask about AC Transit.

We have plenty of available parking.

The lots are operated by the UC Berkeley Parking and Transportation.

Parking machines take exact cash or credit cards and rates are:

The University of California self-pay machines do not give change.

Before leaving your car, note the number of your parking stall; the parking machines will ask for your parking stall number. You will receive a receipt at the machine, but you do not need to return to your car to display the receipt. Please do not leave valuables in your car.

Note that in the fall, during UC Berkeley home football games, Centennial Drive is closed at Stadium Rim Way. Please use the Grizzly Peak Boulevard route on those days.

Check the current weather and the view from the Hall on The View cam.


We are located at One Centennial Drive above the main UC Berkeley campus.
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Notice:

In the Fall during UC Berkeley home football games, Centennial Drive is closed at Stadium Rim Way.

Please use the Grizzly Peak Boulevard route on those days. Click the following links for directions from the South, North, and East on game days.

General Directions

  1. Take 101 to San Francisco, then Hwy. 80 over the Bay Bridge, then 80 North towards Sacramento.
  2. Exit at University Avenue in Berkeley.
  3. Go about two miles to campus (the street ends) and turn left at the stoplight onto Oxford Street.
  4. Turn right onto Hearst Avenue at a stop light.
  5. Go uphill and turn right at a stoplight onto Gayley Road.
  6. Turn left onto Stadium Rim Way at the stop sign (just past the Greek Theater).
  7. Turn left at the next stop sign onto Centennial Drive. Go uphill about a mile. The Lawrence Hall of Science is on the left just below the top of the hill. Parking lots are on both the left and right.

Alternate route from Concord, Walnut Creek area

  1. Take Hwy. 24 West (680 to 24 West).
  2. Go through the Caldecott Tunnel, take the second exit, "Berkeley, North Hwy 13," which becomes Tunnel Road.
  3. Stay on Tunnel Road, which becomes Ashby Avenue.
  4. Turn right onto College Avenue at a stoplight.
  5. Turn right onto Dwight Way at a stoplight.
  6. Turn left onto Prospect Street (two blocks above the stoplight at Piedmont Avenue).
  7. Turn right onto Stadium Rim Way (around the back of the stadium).
  8. Turn right onto Centennial Drive at the stop sign. Go uphill about a mile. The Lawrence Hall of Science is on the left just below the top of the hill. Parking lots are on both the left and right.

From 80/580/880 (San Francisco, Fremont, Marin, Richmond, Vallejo)

  1. Exit at University Avenue in Berkeley from 80/580.
  2. Go about two miles to campus (the street ends) and turn left at the stoplight onto Oxford Street.
  3. Turn right onto Hearst Avenue at a stoplight.
  4. Go uphill and turn right at stoplight onto Gayley Road.
  5. Turn left onto Stadium Rim Way at the stop sign (just past the Greek Theater).
  6. Turn left at the next stop sign onto Centennial Drive. Go uphill about a mile. The Lawrence Hall of Science is on the left just below the top of the hill. Parking lots are on both the left and right.

From 13 (Warren Freeway); from Hayward, San Leandro, Piedmont, Oakland

  1. Exit "Hwy. 13 to Berkeley," which becomes Tunnel Road and then Ashby Avenue.
  2. Turn right onto College Avenue at a stoplight.
  3. Turn right onto Dwight Way at a stoplight.
  4. Turn left onto Prospect Street (two blocks above the stoplight at Piedmont Avenue).
  5. Turn right onto Stadium Rim Way (around the back of the stadium).
  6. Turn right onto Centennial Drive at the stop sign. Go uphill about a mile. The Lawrence Hall of Science is on the left just below the top of the hill. Parking lots are on both the left and right.

From 880 North (Nimitz Freeway); from Fremont, Alameda

  1. Take 880 to 980
  2. Take 980 to Hwy. 24 (towards Walnut Creek)
  3. Exit at Claremont Avenue and turn left.
  4. Turn left onto College Avenue at a stoplight.
  5. Turn right onto Dwight Way at a stoplight.
  6. Turn left onto Prospect Street (two blocks above the stop light at Piedmont Avenue).
  7. Turn right onto Stadium Rim Way (around the back of the stadium).
  8. Turn right onto Centennial Drive at the stop sign. Go uphill about a mile. The Lawrence Hall of Science is on the left just below the top of the hill. Parking lots are on both the left and right.

From 101 (Bayshore Freeway); Peninsula: San Mateo, Palo Alto

  1. Take San Mateo Bridge (92) or Dumbarton Bridge (84) to the East Bay. Take 880 North, then 80 North towards Sacramento.
  2. Exit at University Avenue in Berkeley from 80.
  3. Go about two miles to campus (the street ends) and turn left at the stoplight onto Oxford Street.
  4. Turn right onto Hearst Avenue at a stoplight.
  5. Go uphill and turn right at a stoplight onto Gayley Road.
  6. Turn left onto Stadium Rim Way at the stop sign (just past the Greek Theater).
  7. Turn left at the next stop sign onto Centennial Drive. Go uphill about a mile. The Lawrence Hall of Science is on the left just below the top of the hill. Parking lots are on both the left and right.

Coming from the North on Cal Game Days

80W

  1. Take exit 13 toward Albany
  2. Turn left onto Cleveland Ave
  3. Take the 1st right onto Buchanan St
  4. Slight right onto Marin Ave
  5. At the traffic circle, continue straight to stay on Marin Ave
  6. Turn right onto Grizzly Peak Blvd
  7. Turn right on Centennial Drive. Lawrence Hall of Science is down Centennial about 1/4 mile

580E

  1. Take exit 13 on the left for Buchanan St
  2. Turn left onto Buchanan St/Buchanan Street Extension and Continue to follow Buchanan St
  3. Slight right onto Marin Ave
  4. At the traffic circle, continue straight to stay on Marin Ave
  5. Turn right onto Grizzly Peak Blvd
  6. Turn right on Centennial Drive. Lawrence Hall of Science is down Centennial about 1/4 mile

Coming from the South on Cal Game Days

From Oakland via Grizzly Peak Boulevard

  1. Take Claremont Avenue (behind the Claremont Hotel at the intersection of Clarmont Avenue and Ashby Avenue) uphill to Grizzly Peak Blvd.
  2. Turn left at the stop sign (Grizzly Peak Boulevard) and go approximately three miles until the next stop sign.
  3. Turn left at the stop sign (Centennial Drive) and go downhill approximately 1/4 mile. The Lawrence Hall of Science is on the right. Parking lots are on both the left and right.

Coming from the East on Cal Game Days

From Concord, Walnut Creek area

  1. Take Hwy. 24 West (680 to 24 West).
  2. Take the Fish Ranch Road exit and turn right onto Fish Ranch Road. Go uphill until the first stop sign.
  3. Turn right at the stop sign (Grizzly Peak Boulevard) and go approximately three miles until the next stop sign.
  4. Turn left at the stop sign (Centennial Drive) and go downhill approximately 1/4 mile. The Lawrence Hall of Science is on the right. Parking lots are on both the left and right. The address is One Centennial Drive.

Our Beautiful View

Accessibility

If there is anything we can do to make your visit easier, please let us know.

Discount

Visitors with disabilities (individuals as well as groups) receive a discount. Groups should make reservations in advance by calling 510-642-5134 Monday through Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Sign-language interpreters or other necessary attendants are admitted free of charge.

Wheelchairs

All exhibition spaces and all public spaces and restrooms are wheelchair accessible. Restrooms are located on the lower “C” level, which you can get to by elevator. A limited number of wheelchairs are available for loan, free of charge, at the Front Information Desk. You will need to leave an I.D. as a deposit when borrowing a wheelchair.

First Aid

First Aid is located at the Front Information Desk.

Rest Areas

Benches are located throughout the Hall and outside on the Plaza Fountain and Forces that Shape the Bay Science Park.

Assistance Animals

Guide dogs and other certified assistance animals are welcome here.

Services for the Hearing-Impaired

Assistive listening devices are available during presentations in our auditorium, including our 3D movie. Please ask the staff member in the auditorium for assistance or the contact the Visitor Services Desk. The Hall is committed to making all of our in-house workshops accessible to the hearing-impaired. Call the Registration Office at 510-642-5132 ext. 3 well in advance if you would like sign-language interpretation.

Parking and Transportation

Visitors who display a handicapped plate or placard may park in one of the ten identified spaces in the Bus Circle directly in front of the Hall’s entrance. A drop-off area is also located in the same location.

You can take BART, a UC Berkeley shuttle bus, or AC transit to the Hall. For information about bus accessibility in Berkeley and the East Bay, phone AC Transit at 5-1-1 or visit their website at http://actransit.org. All UC shuttle buses are wheelchair accessible.

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