Hours, Cost, and Location


Open Wednesday–Sunday, 10:00a.m.–5:00 p.m., and Select Holidays


  • Veterans Day
  • Day before and after Thanksgiving (Nov. 25 and Nov. 27)
  • Winter Weeks (Dec. 19, 2015–Jan. 3, 2016)
  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Presidents’ Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Labor Day

Closed: Mondays and Tuesdays, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day

Special program hours vary, see below for details.



Wednesday–Sunday and Holidays
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.


Discovery Corner Toy & Book Store

Wednesday–Sunday and Holidays, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

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



Weekends and Holidays
11:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Explore space through a guided 20-minute Planetarium program. Questions and activities are part of the show! Tickets are $4 and can be purchased at Visitor Services.


National Geographic 3D Theater

Wednesday–Sunday and Holidays
Call 510-642-5132 for showtimes

Visualize science in the National Geographic 3D Theater, complete with surround sound, a large screen, and 3D films that take you on journeys around the world and into outer space. Tickets are $4 and can be purchased at Visitor Services.


Animal Discovery Room

Weekends and Holidays
10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. | Critter Corner
1:30–4:00 p.m | Regular programming

Hold and touch gentle animals like guinea pigs, geckos, and turtles, and find out what our corn snakes like for dinner. Free with admission.


Ingenuity Lab

Weekends and Holidays
11:00–4:00 p.m.

Design, build, and test your own inventions with the help of UC Berkeley students. Free with admission.


Registration Office

8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

The Registration Office can answer your questions and help you register for camps, classes, and programs for schools Call 510-642-5134 or swing by on your next visit to the Hall.


Grizzly Peak Cafe

Wednesday–Sunday and Holidays: 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Enjoy a full menu of sandwiches, salads, snacks, and more.