Lawrence Hall of Science

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Lawrence Hall of Science
4.5
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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50and5
San Francisco, CA34 contributions
Mar 2022
if you want to see Berkley and the whole bay, head up to Centennial Drive to the Lawrence Hall of Science. Parking may be a bit hard to find, depending on the time of day you arrive.
In the afternoons, around sunset is almost impossible to find a good parking spot, because this is the most popular time to go up there. I recommend going earlier in the day, going for a hike in the area, and then marveling at the sunset from the plaza. Kids and adults alike enjoy the science exhibit indoors and climbing up the whale sculpture located outside in the plaza.
Written May 13, 2022
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jimr20162016
Hackettstown, NJ420 contributions
Jan 2018 • Family
Took our grandson there who is 7 years old. He had a good time but I think the best is if he had a friend with him. He hesitated to try all the exhibits until I attempted them first. I don’t believe that would have been the case if he had someone else his age with him to do things together or to compete.
This place is for young kids, not for teenagers.
One recommendation I would have is not to eat at the cafe. The service is terrible as we waited really long to get served at the counter and the selection of food is basically kids junk food, didn’t see anything I would like to feed my grandson.
Written January 4, 2018
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WearyWilyTraveler
Berkeley, CA49 contributions
Dec 2018 • Couples
I have an 11 year old grandson and two 6 year old granddaughters (cousins). When they come to visit me, this is their first choice--all 3 of them--for a place to visit. They actually prefer it to the Exploratorium in San Francisco--I think because it is so much more informal and hands on. At the Exploratorium, the technology brings the exploration to you. At LHS, you bring the exploration to the technology. And you don't have to worry as much about ways in which you might (or your grandkid might) damage something. Best kid-sitter in Berkeley.
Written January 15, 2019
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529faustinas
Savannah, GA373 contributions
Jun 2021
We had checked the website, so we knew it was not quite open from COVID restrictions yet when we went on June 27. There were some exhibits on the plaza, but we opted to walk around on the grounds and enjoy the incredible view - wow! I was visiting them from Savannah, so we have no vistas of this nature!
As a scientist, I was thrilled to get so close to Lawrence's electromagnet from the first cyclotron - wow, wow, wow! Wow.
I struggled with the rating... but we weren't allowed inside, so I don't know anything about any of the exhibits there. Hopefully, I'll get another chance to visit in a few years!
Written July 5, 2021
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Rosie C
Berkeley, CA22 contributions
Apr 2019
No where in the title of this place does it tell you that it is for little kids! SO- for your very young kids it is fine. Even for mature 10 year olds it would be too childish for them. So- don't bother if you are a grown up. If you want a great experience for all ages go to the CA academy of sciences. AND for that matter- go on a Thursday night and hear music and have drinks and food too
Written March 5, 2020
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FarAway20356
Hayward, CA1 contribution
What has become of the Lawrence Hall of Science? Many years ago, the lobby and halls were filled with rich displays of scientific knowledge and understanding. Dinosaur exhibits, earth sciences, space sciences, filled with information and fascination.But now what? Our family paid $40 to see almost NO science. Scientific exhibits have been replaced by legos and playpens for little children. It is no longer a hall of science. Poor Ernest he must be turning in his grave. His history is about the only thing worth viewing there. The Hall of Science has become an abomination. The public should not have to pay anything but a trivial entrance fee its current "non-science" show. So, fund it, close it, or rename it the kids playpen of legos.
Written July 27, 2003
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SkiSquaw2015
Novato, CA13 contributions
Aug 2019 • Family
We brought our 14 year old grandson here because he loves planetariums and science. They really should specify on their site that this place is ideal for parents with young children up to about 10 yrs old. Everything is targeted to very young kids. They had nothing for kids over 10 that would interest them. Very disappointed that we wasted our money here. But if you have young children it would be a great place to take them.
Written August 13, 2019
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Retinol13
Berkeley, CA662 contributions
Jun 2016 • Family
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 the context of fun activities...building structures, moving trains and vehicles, experimenting with wind tunnels.

There is a small area for toddlers that is more about experiential play...we've made good use of that but I look forward to enjoying the deeper learning that is available here as he grows up.
Written August 2, 2016
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LisaandRod93013
San Ramon, CA588 contributions
Apr 2015 • Couples
My husband & I visited the Lawrence Hall of Science for the first time in April 2015. My husband is a science buff (he has a MS in Physics) and works as scientist/engineer.

The two of us were really looking forward to visiting the Lawrence Hall of Science. But we were a bit disappointed with our visit. We both felt like Lawrence Hall of Science was entirely geared towards families with children under the age of 13. It would have been better if there was a mix of exhibits that catered to both adults, teens and young children. I wanted exhibits that engaged me the adult as well... Not just a bunch of exhibits that appeared more appropriate to kids.

The perks of Lawrence Hall of Science was the exquisite views of Berkeley and the Bay itself. The water fountains and other outdoor art work and items on display were fun to see. I enjoyed seeing a cyclotron on display outside of the Lawrence Hall of Science... The cyclotron was invented by E. O. Lawrence and helped him win the Nobel Prize for physics. We also enjoyed the architecture of Lawrence Hall of Science and the layout of the exhibit halls.

We enjoyed seeing the animal exhibit too and pet the chinchilla.

The gift store was awesome!!
Written April 4, 2015
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Terri S
Southlake, TX97 contributions
Aug 2014 • Family
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 perched on a cliff overlooking the city below and the bay and Bay Bridge. Just beautiful The exhibits inside are interesting and include a rather basic planetarium which was lots of fun. It is not the most state-of-the-art facility but the exhibits are engaging especially if you have younger children. Even though the facility itself is not ultra up to date the location, the variety of exhibits, the killer view and the relatively low admission price - about $20.00 for adults with student, senior and kids discounts- is well worth an afternoon.
Written August 25, 2014
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