Lawrence Hall of Science, 50 years: 1968-2018; University of California, Berkeley

Sunday, November 11, 2018 to Sunday, January 6, 2019

An audience gazes up at the screen in the National Geographic 3D Theater.

Get Inspired by Science on the Big Screen

Science fiction has long stirred us to reflect on how far we’ve come and to imagine a future full of possibilities. From Jules Verne’s dream of an underwater ship to Star Trek’s communication devices, works of fiction have long played a role in inspiring real-life inventions and innovations.

During our 50th anniversary year, we reached out to scientists at UC Berkeley and beyond to learn what movies inspired them. Beginning on Sunday, November 11, join us for our Science Film Festival featuring four popular science films and one new documentary. Each movie will be introduced by scientists who inspired and were inspired by it.


General Admission Tickets

11:00 a.m. Matinee Screening: $6 with museum admission
*5:30 p.m. Evening Screening with Guest Speaker: $12 ($10 for Members)

General admission tickets will be available for purchase for each of the five films.

*The evening screening of Contact is at 5:00 p.m.

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Film Festival Passes

All Evening Screenings with Guest Speakers: $50

Take advantage of savings when you purchase a Film Festival Pass for all five movies. Plus, get a free popcorn for each screening!

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Films & Speakers

Hidden Figures | PG
Sunday, November 11

Hidden Figures tells the true story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in the early years of the American space program. Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Gobels Johnson rose through the ranks in NASA as they worked on the calculations for John Glenn's historic launch into orbit and his safe return to Earth.

Matinee: 11:00 a.m.
Evening: 5:30 p.m.

Introduced by:
Dr. Courtney Dressing
UC Berkeley
Assistant Professor of Astronomy

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Hidden Figures movie poster

Jurassic Park | PG-13
Sunday, December 2

The classic film captured the imagination of young and old alike, with its groundbreaking visual representation of dinosaurs. Incredible advancements in science, according to the film, have enabled scientists to create an island full of living dinosaurs. What happens when the scientists lose control of their own creations?

Matinee: 11:00 a.m.
Evening: 5:30 p.m.

Introduced by:
Lee Bishop
Lawrence Hall of Science
Biotechnology Learning Lab Director

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Jurassic Park Movie Poster

Inventing Tomorrow | PG
Sunday, December 9

Meet passionate teenage innovators from around the globe who are creating cutting-edge solutions to confront the world's environmental threats found right in their own backyards. Take a journey with these inspiring teens as they prepare their projects for the largest convening of high school scientists in the world: the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), a program of the Society for Science and the Public.

Matinee: 11:00 a.m.
Evening: 5:30 p.m.

Introduced by:
The filmmakers

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Inventing Tomorrow Movie Poster

Robot & Frank | PG-13
Sunday, December 16

In the near future, a cantankerous retired jewel thief receives a gift from his son: a robot caretaker to look after him and keep him company. Robot & Frank examines how Frank's relationship with his new robot companion helps him cope with a rapidly changing world and the realities of aging.

Matinee: 11:00 a.m.
Evening: 5:30 p.m.

Introduced by:
Dr. Ken Goldberg
UC Berkeley
Professor and Department Chair,
Industrial Engineering and Operations Research

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Robot & Frank Movie Poster

Contact | PG
Sunday, January 6

Based on the novel by the famed astrophysicist Carl Sagan, Contact tells the story of a mysterious radio signal discovered by Dr. Ellie Arroway at the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI). Dr. Arroway contends with the far-reaching implications of her discovery and considers the pursuit of a first contact with extraterrestrial life.

Evening: 5:00 p.m.

Introduced by:
Dr. Jill Tarter
SETI Institute
Emeritus Chair for SETI Research

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Contact Movie Poster

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