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Lawrence Hall of Science

Address: 1 Centennial Drive, Berkeley, CA 94720-5200
Phone Number: 5106425132
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Ranked #7 of 40 Attractions in Berkeley
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Science Museums, Museums
Owner description: Full of "hands on" activities and displays that explore scientific principles.
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Type: Science Museums, Museums
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Full of "hands on" activities and displays that explore scientific principles.

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Berkeley, CA
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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322 reviews 322 reviews
200 attraction reviews
127 helpful votes 127 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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152 reviews 152 reviews
58 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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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258 reviews 258 reviews
106 attraction reviews
131 helpful votes 131 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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Pleasant Hill, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

In the Berkeley Hills is the Lawrence Hall of Science which offers hours and hours of fun explorations and exhibits. It's entirely kid friendly. Spend an afternoon there and you'll agree.

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Berkeley, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

We used to go here all the time when our kids were younger. Now they are a bit older (11) and not as interesting to them to go here. Also, it seems that the funding may have declined over the years (it is a nonprofit) and thus their exhibits have suffered a bit. Hopefully they will find ways to raise... More 

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Calgary
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113 reviews 113 reviews
53 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Good exhibits, a smaller science center but worth visiting if interested in sci. Centers. View of area is amazing!

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Southlake, Texas
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52 reviews 52 reviews
11 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

While driving around on the UC Berkeley campus, we happened upon the Lawrence Hall of Science. It is located on a winding road above the campus with one of the most gorgeous views of the Bay Area, including downtown San Francisco ,you can imagine.There are quite a few spots to park and take great pictures. The science center itself is... More 

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Oakland, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

I took my two grandchildren (6 and 9) and one of their friends (6) to LHS. The LHS is mainly for children and they love it there. They have hands on activities, but the science of what they are doing is not explained, although I am not sure if this happens when a school group attends. Most of the volunteers... More 

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