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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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Full of "hands on" activities and displays that explore...

Full of "hands on" activities and displays that explore scientific principles.

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Great for science lovers of all ages

Really awesome facility, empowers kids to learn about science from a young age. I remember coming up here with my mother as a child and climbing on the life-sized blue whale and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Suzannah T
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Upland, California
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Upland, California
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9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Really awesome facility, empowers kids to learn about science from a young age. I remember coming up here with my mother as a child and climbing on the life-sized blue whale and enlarged DNA structures.

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Las Vegas
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243 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

Brought the grandson for his first visit and he thoroughly enjoyed going through all levels and segments of the science hall. He especially enjoyed making his own parachute which he shot up through the wind tube. So many different activities and creative learning opportunities. Loads of fun, great beginning science projects to work with, and some beautiful views of the... More 

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Berkeley, California
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53 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

The Lawrence Hall is paradise for adventurous kids. The variety of activities is broad enough to enchant anyone with an interest in how the world works.

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1 Thank bradbunnin
New Delhi, India
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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

set at the top of the hill apart from offering a spectacular 360 view of the bay area the place has an amazing collection to make science fun for everyone .

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2 Thank VIDYA414
Berkeley, California
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62 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

A must stop for family with young kids in Berkeley, CA. Up on the hill with panoramic view of San Francisco and the northern bay area.

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Thank LiveItWell
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

Cute but small museum probably best for kids under 10. A bit dated and planetarium show was disappointing - mostly a grad student talks with paper handout of the sky and a projector, though she tried to make it interactive by having kids use a flashlight to circle the constellations, it was hard to keep the kids interest in the... More 

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1 Thank Emily C
Berkeley, California
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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Lawrence Hall of Science is a must see for anyone visiting Berkeley with children. Hands on exhibits, lots of space. This was a regular destination when my children were younger. Exhibits are always interesting, with both indoor and outdoor space. Cafeteria downstairs if kids need sustenance. Children love to play on the giant DNA and whale structures outside. You also... More 

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Thank Karen M
Petaluma, California, United States
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57 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Lots of science stuff. Hands on. Great for kids and all ages. Wish they would go into more details with there exhibits.

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Thank James P
Arlington
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18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015 via mobile

We rented a house in Berkeley as a jumping off point for San Francisco tour. We arrived around 2ish and were meeting friends for dinner at 7. We decided to take the kids to the museum - 9, 11 and 18 for a quick diversion. The outside of the museum is awesome - the whale and DNA are super cool... More 

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Oakley, California
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11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015 via mobile

A bit tricky to get here, but made it. Parking is not free. 3D short film is separate fee. Despite all of this, the kids enjoyed theselves. Lots of hands on activities. You can enjoy a packed lunch from home or eat at the small restaurant there.

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