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Lawrence Hall of Science

1 Centennial Drive, Berkeley, CA 94720-5200
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Ranked #10 of 43 Attractions in Berkeley
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Science Museums
Description: Full of "hands on" activities and displays that explore scientific principles.
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Corona, California
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142 reviews 142 reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

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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242 reviews 242 reviews
104 attraction reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

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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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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49 reviews 49 reviews
11 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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Berkeley, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Overpriced McMuseum, with a great outside & views. Predictable traveling exhibits, betting area in basement, crappy cafeteria. Would have been cool on the 70's. No competition to the Exploratorium.

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Orlando, Florida
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43 reviews 43 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We always wind up taking our grandchildren. It's interactive and allows them to run around in a controlled space

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Vacaville, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

My husband and I purchased Family Yearly Passes the night before we visited with our 3 year old granddaughter. We took her dad here when he was a little older than she is and he loved it back then also. We will be going back again soon. We wanted to see the summer theme "Extreme Bugs" and we are happy... More

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