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Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

2626 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94720
510-642-0808
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Ranked #14 of 42 attractions in Berkeley
Type: Art Museums, Movie Theaters, Museums
Description: Located on the edge of the UC Berkeley campus, this museum presents diverse, stimulating and challenging works of art and expression.
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New York City, New York
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38 reviews 38 reviews
7 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

The visit to the Berkeley Art Museum was due to an invitation to be a final critic at the Architecture School. The museum itself was in-between shows, therefore, my review will be short and unfair. The building itself was obviously restructured, as my understanding was that the building was built when there were no seismic ratings or codes. Therefore, there... More

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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
20 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

pacific film archive a films study andpublic museum of art and pain film of california that is peace and warm unlike others

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Orinda, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

The Pacific Film Archive screens an extensive international program of art films, usually in depth for one director or on a theme. The modern, clean (no food or drink allowed) theater offers ample space between rows and comfortable chairs. The small museum doesn't feel small because of its spare, open concrete architecture. It always has interesting exhibits, often featuring Asian... More

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Oakland, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

I am a big fan of the Pacific Film Archive. Enjoy many select and hard to find films in a clean, tasteful environment. Your audience will be film buffs, so nice crowds! The Pacific Film Archives posts on the sfgate.com site but is not as well know. The parking can be rough but the surrounding area is super for a... More

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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218 reviews 218 reviews
64 attraction reviews
160 helpful votes 160 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

Maybe the architect of this building had his education from German bunker builders in the Second World War as there is concrete everywhere. There are large concrete “trays” that form the galleries around a large hollow space. The exhibitions were not so interesting and part of the building seemed to be deserted. The building, built in 1970 and designed by... More

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Berkeley, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

It's been a very long time since I've seen a film at the PFA. However, a recent BAM exhibit featuring a Latino artist was wonderful. Things shown at both places are always original.

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Berkeley, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

The museum and film archive are due to be closed as the building is seismically unsafe, but do not despair, its successor building is under construction in downtown Berkeley in the Arts District, a very short distance from a BART (rail rapid transit) station.

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Otavalo, Ecuador
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106 reviews 106 reviews
51 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

Go to this museum while you still can, as it is being closed for some violation of current building codes, relating to it's ability to withstand possible earthquakes, which is frankly rather hard to imagine. It is a lovely space, has a great permanent collection and the current exhibits are always worthwhile. I am not a resident of Berkeley but... More

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La Jolla, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
20 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

I saw Tino Sehgal’s slow dancer work, Two of Andy Warhol's ghostly images of electric chairs were great.

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Toronto, Canada
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139 reviews 139 reviews
50 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013 via mobile

Throughout my visit to this grim concrete edifice, where every wall is studded with what look like symmetrically placed bullet holes, I kept thinking a guard should arrive any minute to lead me to my cell. The many treasures stored here include works by Frankenthaler, Rothko, Hofmann, Pollock and Rubens, but I'd never have guessed to judge from what's on... More

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