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

Thursday, March 21, 2019 to Friday, June 7, 2019

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

Family plays on the lawn near the sunstones.

This spring, visit the Hall for interactive exhibits, special hands-on activities, intriguing Planetarium shows, and more!

The Hall will be open Tuesday–Sunday this season from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We will be open every day for Spring Week (March 30–April 7) and also on Memorial Day (May 27).

Special Events

National Math Festival–May 4, 2019
Join us on May 4th at the Hall as we become a Zometool Bubble Station, as part of the National Math Festival!


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

You don’t need to be a pro to know that math and science can help improve your game. In our featured exhibit Well Played!, you can experiment with force, angles, and trajectory to get the highest scores you possibly can playing classic arcade games such as Skee-Ball, Pinball, and Basketball. Maximize your score while you have maximum fun!

See current shows and times.
$4 after admission

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

Journey by Starlight
Join us on a trip across the Pacific Ocean as we re-create the journey from Hawaii to Tahiti in a Polynesian voyaging canoe. Find out how stars and other clues from the natural environment can guide us. Once we learn some of the basics, we Planetarium visitors become the “wayfinders”—and navigate our canoe through both clear and stormy skies from Tahiti back to Hawaii.

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 view 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.

See current shows and times.
$4 after admission

Tornado Alley
Tornado Alley is a giant-screen adventure that takes viewers on an epic chase through the “severe weather capital of the world.” Narrated by Bill Paxton, the film follows Storm Chasers star Sean Casey and the scientists of VORTEX2, the largest tornado-research project ever assembled, on separate missions to encounter one of Earth’s most awe-inspiring events—the birth of a tornado!

Meerkats 3D
Enter the world of a clan of feisty meerkats as they meet the challenges of living in the Kalahari Desert. Filmed over the course of a year, National Geographic’s Meerkats 3D follows an extraordinary—not to mention adorable!—family that stands just 12 inches tall. Discover how these tiny but strong creatures survive in the harsh desert, led by the family’s tenacious matriarch, Klinky. Together, this family will battle a rival gang to protect their territory, their pups, and their lives as they contend with the desolate environment that is their home.

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

With our international colony of animals—ranging 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.

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 much more.

Critter Corner
Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Free with admission
Meet our animal of the month, and discover how it moves, finds food, or feels when you give it 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*:
March: Mice
April: Lizards
May: Turtles

Tuesday–Friday, 10:45 a.m. & 12:15 p.m.
Free with admission

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.

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.

Tuesday–Sunday, 10:30 a.m. & 4:00 p.m.
Free with admission
Join us in the Young Explorers Area at 10:30 a.m. and 4:00 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.

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 your own prosthetic hand, create a marble machine, and design toys that move, throughout the season. Visit our Ingenuity Challenges page to see the full schedule of activities.

March 5–March 29 | Linkages and Moving Toys
Find your inner engineer and artist by exploring linkages. Use mechanical linkages to prototype mechanisms with specific movements while designing your own animated characters and moving toys.

March 30–April 28 | Marble Machines
Use ramps, lifts, tubes, and jumps to design, build, and test your own creative ball run that allows your marble to get from Point A to Point B, all while following some surprising paths in between.

April 30–May 24 | Pinball Palooza
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.

Join us on Memorial Day Weekend for a special card activity, May 25–27. Explore circuits while creating your own unique greeting card that can light up with the use of copper tape, LEDs, and more.

May 28–June 30 | Helping Hand (A Prosthetic Hand Challenge)
Create a working prosthetic hand using a variety of materials while testing its functionality as part of our newest Ingenuity Challenge, funded by Colocation America.

Sunday Fundays

Our Sunday Fundays give families a special opportunity to have fun while engaging with science here at the Hall. And they’re free with admission! Join us from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; details to follow.

April 21: Earth Day Celebration
Celebrate Earth Day and get into the mood for springtime here at the Hall! What changes in our environment do you see going on all around you, now that it’s spring? On this Sunday Funday, we’ll be looking closely at things that grow, ranging from bugs to flowers to microbes.

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