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Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

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Address: 2626 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
Phone Number: 510-642-0808
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Wed - Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Internationally recognized for its art and film programming, BAMPFA is UC...

Internationally recognized for its art and film programming, BAMPFA is UC Berkeley’s primary visual arts venue with its screenings of some four hundred films and presentations of up to twenty exhibitions annually.

BAMPFA’s collection of over 19,000 works of art dates from 3000 BCE to the present day and includes important holdings of Neolithic Chinese ceramics, Ming and Qing Dynasty Chinese painting, Old Master works on paper, Italian Baroque painting, early American painting, Abstract Expressionist painting, contemporary photography, and Conceptual art. The collection also includes over 17,500 films and videos, including the largest collection of Japanese cinema outside of Japan, impressive holdings of Soviet cinema, West Coast avant-garde film, seminal video art, as well as hundreds of thousands of articles, reviews, posters, and other ephemera related to the history of film—many of which are digitally scanned and accessible online.

BAMPFA is closed as it moves into its new state-of-the-art building designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro. The new BAMPFA opens to the public in late January 2016.

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Great Venue and Exhibits!

Had a wonderful docent tour that talked about the current exhibits. Very interesting, diverse collection, and informative. The building is beautiful, well designed, and great... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 29, 2016
Stockton, California
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Stockton, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 29, 2016

Had a wonderful docent tour that talked about the current exhibits. Very interesting, diverse collection, and informative. The building is beautiful, well designed, and great location (right across the street from UC Berkeley). This was a wonderful way to spend a few hours.

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Bellingham, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

The Bancroft library is wonderful and has much to see. The East Asian wing is amazing. I could have stayed there forever! If you are in the area, it is a great place to spend some time.

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Oakland, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

great local museum conveniently located across from campus. go check it out then tour the campus afterwards.. take a ride up the famous Camponile.

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Berkeley, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

The old, brutalist/modernist building just closed and I for one will miss it a lot. I loved that building. Exhibits are hit and miss, some quite good for a public university museum, some kind of so-what. PFA is a treasure for cinephiles but I've never found the temporary quarters comfortable. High hopes for the new building, which will be home... More 

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Berkeley, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Bad news is that this place is now a bit worn out and empty feeling -- although it has a pretty good cafe in the back -- but the good news is that they are building a brand new facility near downtown Berkeley that looks to be fabulous, in the theater district downtown, that open in Spring 2016. I can't... More 

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Racine, Wisconsin, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

I recently went to visit family during my trip to California, and thanks to my grandfather, my mother, aunt and I were able to get a tour of the Berkeley Art Museum before our vacation was up and before it closes in December. I had a wonderful time and being able to see all the art was truly spectacular. I... More 

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Lucknow, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

After seeing this Museum one may tend to argue as to how much art is available, yet some exhibits are interesting. More particularly, the deity section displaying some rare pieces from Tibet, Nepal and India, and 'C' section displaying some ink and colour paintings from China are very attractive! The layout of the museum is nice such that one starts... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

The visit to the Berkeley Art Museum was due to an invitation to be a final critic at the Architecture School. The museum itself was in-between shows, therefore, my review will be short and unfair. The building itself was obviously restructured, as my understanding was that the building was built when there were no seismic ratings or codes. Therefore, there... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

pacific film archive a films study andpublic museum of art and pain film of california that is peace and warm unlike others

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Orinda, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

The Pacific Film Archive screens an extensive international program of art films, usually in depth for one director or on a theme. The modern, clean (no food or drink allowed) theater offers ample space between rows and comfortable chairs. The small museum doesn't feel small because of its spare, open concrete architecture. It always has interesting exhibits, often featuring Asian... More 

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