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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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Great place to take kids

Always when I have children guests I take them for a day at the museum. It has been always a great experience with hands on participation.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 20, 2015
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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

always love the summer camp that Lawrence Hall of Science had held in its facility as well having school and family trips to Hall of Science rather it was Lego, Sea Life, dinosaurs, etc. This place was to visit. I remember coming here more often than California Science in SF. Theres the jungle gym and the big whale at the... More 

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Fresno, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

You can come here and learn all about Dinosaurs and Climate change, but the real win in driving up the hill is the incredible view of the bay area you get at the Hall. By day you'll see four bridges: Golden Gate, Oakland-Bay, San Mateo, and Richmond, the entire bay and a magnificent sky and sea. By night, add a... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Always when I have children guests I take them for a day at the museum. It has been always a great experience with hands on participation.

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Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Lots of interactive, hands-on exhibits where kids (and adults) can create, construct, and experiment with materials. There's rooms for young children, as well as for older kids. You can enjoy a view of the bay and relax in the museum's outdoor area too. Don't miss it.

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Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Great place to open minds of all ages. Took the grand kids here when Tilden Park was just to hot. They had a great time with age appropriate exhibits

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Pluses: huge patio with climbable sculptures out front, grassy field with excellent picnic spots and great views in back, hands-on experiments, friendly and welcoming people.

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

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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Additional Information about Lawrence Hall of Science

Address: 1 Centennial Drive, Berkeley, CA 94720-5200
Phone Number: 5106425132
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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