Rainbow over the Hall.
Early image looking over the Hall.
Early image of kids lined up on the Hall's plaza area.
Early image of a young Hall stduent examining contents of a jar.
Recent image of two students conducting an experiment.
The Hall covered in snow in a rare moment.

It’s our 50th anniversary year, and you’re invited to celebrate with us! The Hall was founded in 1968 as part of UC Berkeley’s centennial celebration. It was named in honor of Ernest O. Lawrence, the University’s first Nobel Laureate. Since then, we’ve made it our mission to foster and inspire the learning of science and math for all.

You’re invited to join the party. Join us for a series of 50th Anniversary events:

May 20th, 2018: Opening Day

The Lawrence Hall of Science officially opened to the public in May 1968. To celebrate this milestone, we’re throwing our doors open for a free admission day! Enjoy our exhibits, free drop-in planetarium shows, and special activities from 10:00–5:00 on Sunday, May 20th.

November 10th–12th, 2018: Birthday Bash Weekend

Celebrate our 50th Anniversary with a special series of activities and treats!

Spring 2019: Innovations & Inspirations Benefit

Our third annual Innovations & Inspirations benefit will honor the Hall’s half-century of impact in the field of science education, and set the stage for future decades of innovation.

Did you come here when you were a kid? Or bring your family? Or participate in a Hall sponsored teacher professional learning program? We want to hear from you! Please share your Lawrence Hall of Science story with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with #50YearsofLHS.

Hall Archives

Vintage Hall Poster

Archived poster from Hall's Summer Program

A vintage Hall program poster from the 1980s. Today, learners can still have science fun in the summer through Hall camps, exhibits, the planetarium, 3-D films and so much more!


50th Anniversary Video Showcase