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Lawrence Hall of Science

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Address: 1 Centennial Drive, Berkeley, CA 94720
Phone Number: 15106425132
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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The Lawrence Hall of Science is UC Berkeley's Public Science Center. Join...

The Lawrence Hall of Science is UC Berkeley's Public Science Center. Join us and discover your inner scientist through fun and hands-on explorations in engineering, physics, astronomy, and more!

Visit the Hall's Science on a Sphere® and take control of a planet on a 6-ft diameter globe, meet an animal friend in the Animal Discovery Room, and design, build, and test your own creations in Design Quest.

Looking for even more ways to explore science? Add a Planetarium or National Geographic 3D Theater show to your visit (Planetarium and 3D Theater admission is extra).

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Great time

Very hands on and engaging. The kids (5, 10, 11, 12) asked to come back before we even made it out of the entrance.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed September 29, 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2016 via mobile

Very hands on and engaging. The kids (5, 10, 11, 12) asked to come back before we even made it out of the entrance.

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Walnut Creek, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016

A wonderful place to take elementary and middle-school children. Fabulous views of the bay. Tilden park is right behind you for hiking opportunities and other fun.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2016 via mobile

Don't let curiosity get the best of you if you don't have kids. This is a relatively old museum with a lot of activities that will appeal to creative and active 5-15 year olds, but there is not much here for adults, especially if you are interested in science. The only thing that caught our fancy were some panels on... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2016 via mobile

This place is great for young and old. Lots of hands on things for the children. Beautiful views towards San Francisco when the fog lifts. Prices not to bad. Nice little cafe with reasonably priced food. Does get busy with groups but not a problem.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2016

Since the birth of my son I have visited Children's Museums all over the country and several in the Bay Area. They're almost always a good time and he seems to really enjoy them. Lawrence Hall stands out in some respects because it actually delves deeper into science learning than many other Children's museums. Most importantly, the learning is in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016

The Lawrence Hall of Science is one of those places you can take kids and they will have a great time. Starting with the setting itself - high in the Berkeley Hills, overlooking San Francisco Bay, the entrance plaza has a life size whale sculpture for the kids (from 3 to 83) to climb. Inside the Hall are ever-changing exhibits... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2016

Here you see the bay area from top, the views from up there are amazing, especially early in the morning or for sunset.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2016

The $10.00 price for seniors was high. At least one placard was misspelled. The rooms were messy from kids paper airplanes, but no kids still making them, and it was a kids' museum. The kids I watched seemed desultory in their activities. Okay, I give in; there was an interesting group of photographs posted about butterfly mimicry. In fairness, my... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2016

Interesting exhibits and displays, hands on practical science, telescopes that look into the night skies, views that are simply breathtaking. Wonderful adventure for the entire family.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2016

This place is awesome! There is tons of stuff to do for our 3-year-old toddler. Sunday was actually our first time. We purchased a family membership and will be going back frequently.

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