Visit us everyday except Thanksgiving during Thanksgiving week (10am–5pm).
Lawrence Hall of Science, 50 years: 1968-2018; University of California, Berkeley

Saturday, September 15, 2018 to Thursday, January 31, 2019

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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This fall, visit the Hall for interactive exhibits, hands-on special activities, intriguing Planetarium shows, and more! We have plenty of exciting new additions to our programs this fall, including Saturday Science Shows, a new Planetarium show, Storytime, and more!

The Hall will be open Tuesday–Sunday this season from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


See current shows and times.
$4 after admission

Explore the universe with us and purchase tickets to see one of the Hall’s interactive Planetarium shows. Currently, we are offering the following programs:

Imagine the Sky Tonight
What can you see in the sky on a clear night? What shapes can you imagine among the stars? We will give you a star map and teach you to find constellations, the starry patterns of the night sky. We will also see planets and other hidden treasures among the stars. We will even imagine that we are flying away from Earth to make observations from far off in space.

NEW: Mars Explorations
The wonders of Mars have been revealed by orbiters, rovers, and landers, but the red planet still has its secrets. Take a close look at the Red Planet and explore its features. Investigate how it appears in the nighttime sky and how it moves through space. Learn about the latest missions to Mars and what we are discovering from them.

Tuesday–Sunday, 1:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Free with admission

With our international colony of animals—from axolotls to legless lizards—you can learn about animal behavior and habitats. Try self-guided activities and examine specimen models. Our knowledgeable staff will introduce you to our wonderful creatures and share fun stories and interesting facts about them. Through these encounters, you'll discover more about the animals with which we share the planet.

NEW: Daily Animal Ambassadors
Tuesday–Sunday, 11:00 a.m.
Free with admission

Have you ever wondered how animals sense the world around them, or how they protect themselves from predators? Join us in the Discovery Theater for a special daily program where we'll introduce you to one of our special friends from the Animal Discovery Room! Learn about their diet, habitat, animal senses, and more.

NEW: Critter Corner
Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m., starting October 7
Free with admission

Meet our animal of the month, and discover how they move, find food, or feel when you give them a gentle touch! Critter Corner is a perfect way to introduce the animal kingdom to young learners, ages 8 and under, in a safe and guided environment.

Featured Critter Corner Schedule*:
October: Mice
November: Lizards
December: Turtles

*Please note, the featured critter is subject to change.

Tuesday–Sunday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Free with admission

Especially for our younger visitors, the Young Explorers Area (YEA) has fun elements sure to be favorites with your family! Join in the exploration as you and your child experiment with our colorful gear wall, see what things fly the highest in our wind tube, and investigate motion on our gravity wall.

NEW: Storytime
Tuesday–Sunday, 10:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.
Free with admission

Join us in the Young Explorers Area at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. for storytime! Each week, we'll be reading a different science or math-themed book, appropriate for young children up through kindergarten and their families.

See current shows and times.
$4 after admission

NEW: Pandas: The Journey Home
National Geographic’s Pandas: The Journey Home gives viewers exclusive access to Chengdu—China’s extraordinary giant panda breeding center. The film follows the lives of three young pandas as they leave the public spotlight at Chengdu and take their first steps on an extraordinary journey for their species. Every key event will be captured as the pandas are prepared to be set free.

Tuesday–Sunday, 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Free with admission

Flex your design muscles as you take on some of the Hall’s most popular activities in Ingenuity Challenges. Build artbots using LEGO® bricks, create your own marble machines, and design toys that move, throughout the season. Visit our Ingenuity Challenges page to see the full schedule of activities.

Tuesday–Sunday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Presentations: Tuesday–Friday, 10:45 a.m. & 12:15 p.m.,
Saturday, 10:45 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.
Free with admission

NEW: Presentations
Science On a Sphere® creates stunning visual animations from real planetary data and displays them dynamically on a six-foot-diameter globe. Join our knowledgeable presenters as they demonstrate how we can use visual data on the Sphere to better understand the world around us.

Sunday Fundays

Every second Sunday of the month this fall is a special opportunity for families to have fun and engage with science. Sunday Fundays are free with admission. Join us 11am–3pm, details to follow.

Oct. 14 for the Great ShakeOut
Nov. 11 for the Art + Science = Celebration

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