a couple gets married on the Hall lawn overlooking the Bay Area

A Unique Setting for Your Ceremonies, Meetings, Retreats, or Conferences

We can accommodate up to 275 people.

  • Hold a lecture or discussion in our 275-seat auditorium.
  • Celebrate a special occasion on our lawn.
  • Conduct break-out sessions in our meeting rooms.

Your group will enjoy:

  • Dynamic math and science exhibits such as our outdoor science park, Forces That Shape the Bay
  • Panoramic views of San Francisco and the Bay
  • Convenient parking

Additional amenities available:

  • Audio-visual services
  • Whiteboards & screens
  • Internet access

Why choose Lawrence Hall of Science?

Our clients choose the Hall for the spectacular views and unique setting.

What kind of daytime events are typically held at the Hall?

Most of our daytime events are conferences, staff retreats and meetings, lectures, and panel discussions. The outdoor lawn area is used primarily for wedding ceremonies, company picnics, and luncheons. Events may be scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

What will cost to hold my event at the Hall?

Half Day
(up to 4 hours)
Full Day
(4–8 hours)
Rooms for
up to
20 people
Room for
up to
60 people
(seats 275 people)
Lawn area

What does the event fee include?

It includes access to all exhibits during our public hours of 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It is a great way to spend a break time or to make it part of your special event or program. We also include an experienced event manager and a visitor services representative to welcome you and to make sure your event goes smoothly. Reduced admission may apply depending on the nature of the event.

Do you require a deposit?

Yes. We can hold your date once you send a copy of our rental agreement with your deposit (50% of the estimated rental fee). The balance of expenses is due 30 days prior to the event. Any additional expenses incurred as a result of the event will be billed approximately 2–4 weeks after the event.

Do you require insurance?

Yes. We must receive a Certificate of Insurance naming The Regents of the University of California as an additional insured for your event.

What about parking?

We have 250 convenient parking spaces. The parking rates are $1 per hour, available in 1 hour increments. Payment is done through self-service machines located near the various lots and near the plaza entrance to Lawrence Hall of Science. Parking machines take exact cash or credit cards.

Do you provide tables and chairs?

Our workshop and conference rooms are furnished with tables and chairs. For outdoor events however, tables, chairs, and decorative furnishings will need to be arranged with the caterer or from an outside vendor. The caterer, vendor, or client will need to handle the set-up and removal of the furnishings.

Can you tell me more about Lawrence Hall of Science?

The Lawrence Hall of Science is the public science center at the University of California at Berkeley. We spark curiosity and excitement about science and math through the fun of hands-on discovery. We are a unique combination of a science museum, teacher training center, and curriculum development center. We have been serving K–12 education for over 45 years. The Lawrence Hall of Science was opened to the public in 1968 as a living memorial to the scientist Ernest O. Lawrence (1901–1958), the University's first Nobel Prize winner (1939) and the inventor of the atom-smashing cyclotron.

Sounds great, how do I reserve a spot?

Give us a call to share ideas and schedule an appointment for a site visit. Contact our Event staff by email or phone at 510-642-2275.

Wedding Venue

Lower Level Lawn

  • Wedding ceremonies
  • Bay views
  • Picnics on the lawn

The Hall's Auditorium


  • Seats up to 275 people
  • Large, built-in projection screen
  • Adjustable lighting
  • Whiteboard and chalkboard
  • Internet access available

One of the Hall's meeting rooms

Meeting Room

  • Accommodates up to 60 people
  • Whiteboard
  • Built in projector and screen
  • Internet access available