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Lawrence Hall of Science

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Address: 1 Centennial Drive, Berkeley, CA 94720-5200
Phone Number: 5106425132
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Description: Full of "hands on" activities and displays that explore scientific...
Full of "hands on" activities and displays that explore scientific principles.
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This is a place for children

My husband and I were somewhat surprised to find out that the Center is devoted almost exclusively to hands on activities for children. We were not accompanying children, but we... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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Vonore, Tennessee
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Vonore, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

My husband and I were somewhat surprised to find out that the Center is devoted almost exclusively to hands on activities for children. We were not accompanying children, but we spent most of our time watching other people's children at the exhibits. I wish there had been more geared to adults. There is one display devoted to E. Lawrence and... More 

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Melbourne, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

This small wel positioned museum is a must for small children who like to touch, spin, feel and have a lot of energy. There is something for the young person who likes to figure things out (puzzles) likes to run, likes to take things apart and likes to learn. A participating adult is necessary to explain many of the exhibits.... More 

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San Ramon, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

My husband & I visited the Lawrence Hall of Science for the first time in April 2015. My husband is a science buff (he has a MS in Physics) and works as scientist/engineer. The two of us were really looking forward to visiting the Lawrence Hall of Science. But we were a bit disappointed with our visit. We both felt... More 

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Costa Mesa, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

We visit family in the SF Bay Area a couple of times a year and have been making the Lawrence Hall of Science a regular stop while were there. They change "theme" exhibits periodically so check the website to see what the current theme is. Prior reviews have captured this attraction so here's some side points related to LHS: If... More 

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Berkeley, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

We're LHS members, but Design Quest just drives home that membership is money well spent. My daughter has spent DAYS at this exhibit on the stop-motion animation station. Loves it-- I love that it's encouraging creativity. There's lots to do here, from the Animal exploration rooms (weekends only, I think) to the Kiva blocks, to the wonderful movies they show... More 

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Berkeley, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Lawrence Hall of Science is a local treasure and rainy-day mainstay for East Bay families. The exhibits are carefully thought out to be both fun and pedagogic. And new exhibits are deployed regularly, so repeat visits are fun. The cafe has decent child-friendly foods at reasonable prices and with a killer view over San Francisco Bay. There is often a... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

We took our just 4 year old grandson here for his 1st time. I also signed him up for a " family" membership". We all loved it! Especially grandson. It can get a little frantic, as you can imagine. But we went on a weekday. Not quite so frantic. But they don't (kids) care. So many things to do and... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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171 helpful votes 171 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

We love the exhibits - Earth and Space; Design and Build; and Brain Teasers. Great place for all ages and inquiring minds.

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Corona, California
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

This is a fairly large complex with something for everybody, especially kids! The outdoor sculpture and fountain are lovely and the view is amazing. There are many interesting exhibits but several didn't have the interactive piece operative. We saw a movie on Meercats which was very educational and fun. The 2 kids with us really enjoyed the creative areas where... More 

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San Francisco
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147 helpful votes 147 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Tourists, locals: YOU WILL LOVE THIS PLACE Fantastic place to get some fast, fun science on San Francisco Bay Area geology. Earthquakes, faults, tectonic plates: you'll know how they work and how they RULE the Bay Area after you visit to this fun science center. There's a simple hands-on model showing how the Hayward and San Andres faults cause mountains... More 

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