The Lawrence Hall of Science
The public science center of the University of California, Berkeley.
The Lawrence is getting ready to re-open. We’ll see you on October 30th!
For over 50 years, The Lawrence Hall of Science has been at the forefront of science education.
On a visit to The Lawrence, students collaborate to investigate new ideas as they become scientists and engineers for a day.
We partner with school districts to support science learning. We offer district-wide elementary, middle, and high school programs, either virtually or in-person.
We collaborate with a range of partners to innovate in science education. Together, we go further.
About The Outdoor Nature Lab Visitors Can Choose to: Experience a guided observation that inspires deep thinking through your senses […]
Diving into the science behind the COVID19 pandemic using hands-on activity stations. Test different mask materials, inspect them under a […]
About Pheena Pheena, our life-size fin whale, came to the plaza at the Lawrence Hall of Science in 1975. She […]
About Community Connections We Asked Our Communities: How did you and your loved ones address the many challenges of the […]
Learn the inner mechanics of a pinball machine, then construct your own! Use everyday materials to create flippers, plungers, and ramps to make your pinball machine uniquely yours.
Design, build, and test your own optical illusion while learning about the human eye as part of our newest Ingenuity challenge. Observe and compare how optical illusions work as you create fun and unique designs.
Use ramps, lifts, tubes, and jumps to design, build, and test your own creative marble machine. Get your marble from Point A to Point B, all while following some surprising paths in between.
Teens Talk Mental Health Bay Area teens share what mental health means to them, talk about what their experience of […]
About the 3D Theater Learn about a variety of topics from new films each season. Access + Comfort Wheelchair-accessible Assistive […]
Ramps are one of the basic mechanical devices that allow humans to do work more easily. We use ramps as tools to do ordinary things like loading a truck, or pushing a wheelchair up to an entrance while avoiding the stairs. We also employ ramps for really fun engineering, like designing roller coasters!
See your own stories and ideas come to life using stop-motion. Stop-motion is an animation technique that has been used by filmmakers for over 100 years to create movement, using still objects and even drawings. Now’s your chance to get creative with our new stop-motion stations.
Welcome to the Cambrian period So many new types of living things appeared during this time that it is often […]
The Biotechnology Learning Lab’s drop-in experiences are currently closed to the public, but check out what our Biotechnology learning designers […]
Watching our sunset’s location change as the seasons change The position on the western horizon of the setting sun changes […]
The Lawrence Planetarium is closed while we move the dome to a new, more central location! While this move is […]
What can you build with Keva? Use these lightweight, easy to stack wooden planks and your own creativity to build […]
Open Daily, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Main exhibit hall (A-level) About Ingenuity Challenges Solve Problems and Meet Challenges Design, […]
Creativity combined with engineering helps us prepare for the future by developing inventions that enable us to both survive and thrive in environments like space, the deep ocean, and our ever-changing Earth.
Engineers use their knowledge of air to do things like land safely with a parachute, fly planes, stabilize helicopters, and much more. Can you do the same with our wind tubes and hover table?
Engineers, especially those in the Bay Area, are working toward sustainable energy solutions by using the power of the wind to generate electricity. The need for wind power is continually growing.
Launching a rocket into space is a difficult task because of various factors. The efficiency, reliability, and safety of a rocket all depend on the quality of engineering design.
Design, build, and test your own earthquake-safe structures. Explore how buildings behave when the earth starts to shake, and how engineers use science to build safer homes & offices.
About Design Quest Engage and Discover Design Quest challenges inspire collaboration and innovation in visitors of all ages. Tinker with […]
About Forces That Shape the Bay Explore Forces That Shape the Bay Control the water flow from the simulated Sierra […]
The Animal Discovery Zone is temporarily closed while we revitalize this beloved space. Our transformation will provide updated habitats for […]
A whole world for you to see Get an astronaut’s-eye-view of Earth’s surface—without leaving the ground—as it changes minute to […]