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

Friday, December 21, 2018 to Wednesday, March 20, 2019

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

Young girl looks through a magnifying glass.

This winter, 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 on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (January 21, 2019) and President’s Day (February 18, 2019) from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.


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 can with classic arcade games such as Skeeball, Pinball, and Basketball. Maximize your score while you have maximum fun!

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: 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.

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.

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.

Critter Corner
Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
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*:
January: Hermit Crabs
February: Rabbits
March: Mice

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

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.

See current shows and times.
$4 after admission

NEW: 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.

NEW: 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 which is their home.

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.

December 22–January 21; March 30–April 14 | Marble Machines
Use ramps, lifts, tube, 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.

January 22–March 3 | Pinball Palooza
Learn the inner mechanics of a pinball machine, and construct your own! Use everyday materials to create flippers, plungers, and ramps to make your pinball machine uniquely yours.

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.

Sunday Fundays

Every second Sunday of the month gives families a special opportunity to have fun while engaging with science at the Hall. Sunday Fundays are free with admission! Join us from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; details to follow.

Nov. 11 – Art + Science = Celebration
Oct. 14 – Great ShakeOut
Dec. 9th – Let's Do Chemistry!
January 13th – Migrations, Hibernations & Adaptations
February 10 – Let’s Hear It for the Girls!
March 10 – Math All Around Us

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