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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 3, 2015
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Costa Mesa, California
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Costa Mesa, California
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93 reviews 93 reviews
44 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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201 attraction reviews
138 helpful votes 138 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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47 helpful votes 47 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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112 attraction reviews
133 helpful votes 133 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
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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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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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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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