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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 #15 of 43 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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Berkeley, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Bad news is that this place is now a bit worn out and empty feeling -- although it has a pretty good cafe in the back -- but the good news is that they are building a brand new facility near downtown Berkeley that looks to be fabulous, in the theater district downtown, that open in Spring 2016. I can't... More

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Racine, Wisconsin, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

I recently went to visit family during my trip to California, and thanks to my grandfather, my mother, aunt and I were able to get a tour of the Berkeley Art Museum before our vacation was up and before it closes in December. I had a wonderful time and being able to see all the art was truly spectacular. I... More

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Lucknow, India
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107 reviews 107 reviews
67 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

After seeing this Museum one may tend to argue as to how much art is available, yet some exhibits are interesting. More particularly, the deity section displaying some rare pieces from Tibet, Nepal and India, and 'C' section displaying some ink and colour paintings from China are very attractive! The layout of the museum is nice such that one starts... More

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New York City, New York
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44 reviews 44 reviews
10 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 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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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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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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239 reviews 239 reviews
71 attraction reviews
174 helpful votes 174 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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13 attraction reviews
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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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