Directions & Parking

Directions

We are located at One Centennial Drive above the main UC Berkeley campus.

The Lawrence Hall of Science
1 Centennial Drive
Berkeley, CA 94720
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By Bus and Shuttle Service

Via the UC Berkeley Shuttle Service (Weekdays Only)

UC Berkeley runs shuttle buses Monday through Friday from the Berkeley BART station to the main campus, and from the main campus to the Hall. Call 510-642-5149 or 510-643-5708, or see Hill Service Shuttle for details.

Via AC Transit (Weekdays Only)

The #65 bus runs hourly on weekdays from the downtown Berkeley BART station to The Lawrence. For more information, please visit the Bay Area Traveler Guide at 511 or call “511” from any local area code to ask about AC Transit.

By Car

To find out whether or not there are any scheduled road closures in the city of Berkeley, click here.

General Directions
  1. Take 101 to San Francisco, then Hwy. 80 over the Bay Bridge, then 80 North towards Sacramento.
  2. Exit at University Avenue in Berkeley.
  3. Go about two miles to campus (the street ends) and turn left at the stoplight onto Oxford Street.
  4. Turn right onto Hearst Avenue at a stop light.
  5. Go uphill and turn right at a stoplight onto Gayley Road.
  6. Turn left onto Stadium Rim Way at the stop sign (just past the Greek Theater).
  7. Turn left at the next stop sign onto Centennial Drive. Go uphill about a mile. The Lawrence Hall of Science is on the left just below the top of the hill. Parking lots are on both the left and right.
Alternate route from Concord, Walnut Creek area
  1. Take Hwy. 24 West (680 to 24 West).
  2. Go through the Caldecott Tunnel, take the second exit, “Berkeley, North Hwy 13,” which becomes Tunnel Road.
  3. Stay on Tunnel Road, which becomes Ashby Avenue.
  4. Turn right onto College Avenue at a stoplight.
  5. Turn right onto Dwight Way at a stoplight.
  6. Turn left onto Prospect Street (two blocks above the stoplight at Piedmont Avenue).
  7. Turn right onto Stadium Rim Way (around the back of the stadium).
  8. Turn right onto Centennial Drive at the stop sign. Go uphill about a mile. The Lawrence Hall of Science is on the left just below the top of the hill. Parking lots are on both the left and right.
From 80/580/880 (San Francisco, Fremont, Marin, Richmond, Vallejo)
  1. Exit at University Avenue in Berkeley from 80/580.
  2. Go about two miles to campus (the street ends) and turn left at the stoplight onto Oxford Street.
  3. Turn right onto Hearst Avenue at a stoplight.
  4. Go uphill and turn right at stoplight onto Gayley Road.
  5. Turn left onto Stadium Rim Way at the stop sign (just past the Greek Theater).
  6. Turn left at the next stop sign onto Centennial Drive. Go uphill about a mile. The Lawrence Hall of Science is on the left just below the top of the hill. Parking lots are on both the left and right.
From 13 (Warren Freeway); from Hayward, San Leandro, Piedmont, Oakland
  1. Exit “Hwy. 13 to Berkeley,” which becomes Tunnel Road and then Ashby Avenue.
  2. Turn right onto College Avenue at a stoplight.
  3. Turn right onto Dwight Way at a stoplight.
  4. Turn left onto Prospect Street (two blocks above the stoplight at Piedmont Avenue).
  5. Turn right onto Stadium Rim Way (around the back of the stadium).
  6. Turn right onto Centennial Drive at the stop sign. Go uphill about a mile. The Lawrence Hall of Science is on the left just below the top of the hill. Parking lots are on both the left and right.
From 880 North (Nimitz Freeway); from Fremont, Alameda
  1. Take 880 to 980
  2. Take 980 to Hwy. 24 (towards Walnut Creek)
  3. Exit at Claremont Avenue and turn left.
  4. Turn left onto College Avenue at a stoplight.
  5. Turn right onto Dwight Way at a stoplight.
  6. Turn left onto Prospect Street (two blocks above the stop light at Piedmont Avenue).
  7. Turn right onto Stadium Rim Way (around the back of the stadium).
  8. Turn right onto Centennial Drive at the stop sign. Go uphill about a mile. The Lawrence Hall of Science is on the left just below the top of the hill. Parking lots are on both the left and right.
From 101 (Bayshore Freeway); Peninsula: San Mateo, Palo Alto
  1. Take San Mateo Bridge (92) or Dumbarton Bridge (84) to the East Bay. Take 880 North, then 80 North towards Sacramento.
  2. Exit at University Avenue in Berkeley from 80.
  3. Go about two miles to campus (the street ends) and turn left at the stoplight onto Oxford Street.
  4. Turn right onto Hearst Avenue at a stoplight.
  5. Go uphill and turn right at a stoplight onto Gayley Road.
  6. Turn left onto Stadium Rim Way at the stop sign (just past the Greek Theater).
  7. Turn left at the next stop sign onto Centennial Drive. Go uphill about a mile. The Lawrence Hall of Science is on the left just below the top of the hill. Parking lots are on both the left and right.

Centennial Drive from Memorial Stadium will be closed for
Cal football game days.
Oct 23, Oct 30, and Nov 13 2021

By Car – Alternate Route Via Grizzly Peak

80W
  1. Take exit 13 toward Albany
  2. Turn left onto Cleveland Ave
  3. Take the 1st right onto Buchanan St
  4. Slight right onto Marin Ave
  5. At the traffic circle, continue straight to stay on Marin Ave
  6. Turn right onto Grizzly Peak Blvd
  7. Turn right on Centennial Drive. Lawrence Hall of Science is down Centennial about 1/4 mile
580E
  1. Take exit 13 on the left for Buchanan St
  2. Turn left onto Buchanan St/Buchanan Street Extension and Continue to follow Buchanan St
  3. Slight right onto Marin Ave
  4. At the traffic circle, continue straight to stay on Marin Ave
  5. Turn right onto Grizzly Peak Blvd
  6. Turn right on Centennial Drive. Lawrence Hall of Science is down Centennial about 1/4 mile
From Oakland via Grizzly Peak Boulevard
  1. Take Claremont Avenue (behind the Claremont Hotel at the intersection of Clarmont Avenue and Ashby Avenue) uphill to Grizzly Peak Blvd.
  2. Turn left at the stop sign (Grizzly Peak Boulevard) and go approximately three miles until the next stop sign.
  3. Turn left at the stop sign (Centennial Drive) and go downhill approximately 1/4 mile. The Lawrence Hall of Science is on the right. Parking lots are on both the left and right.
From Concord, Walnut Creek area
  1. Take Hwy. 24 West (680 to 24 West).
  2. Take the Fish Ranch Road exit and turn right onto Fish Ranch Road. Go uphill until the first stop sign.
  3. Turn right at the stop sign (Grizzly Peak Boulevard) and go approximately three miles until the next stop sign.
  4. Turn left at the stop sign (Centennial Drive) and go downhill approximately 1/4 mile. The Lawrence Hall of Science is on the right. Parking lots are on both the left and right. The address is One Centennial Drive.

Parking

We have plenty of parking available. The parking lots are administered by UC Berkeley Parking and Transportation. Parking machines take exact cash or credit cards and rates are:

The University of California self-pay machines do not give change.

Before leaving your car, note your license plate number; the parking machines will ask for your license plate number. You will receive a receipt at the machine, but you do not need to return to your car to display the receipt. Please do not leave valuables in your car.

PayByPhone app
Pay-by-Phone service is available.

Check the current weather and the view from the Hall on The View cam.

Forgot your lunch?
We have you covered.

While the Bay View Cafe is closed, you can purchase a selection of snacks and drinks at The Lawrence Discovery Store.

Store

Take The Lawrence home with you.

Discover awesome toys, books, science kits, and so much more at The Lawrence Discovery Store! Bring a piece of the science center experience home with you to continue exploring, investigating, and inventing.

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Plan Your Visit

The Lawrence is getting ready to re-open. We’ll see you on October 30th!

Admission

General

Age 3+: $20

Kids under 2: FREE

Members: FREE

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3D Theater

Admission + $4

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