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“Fun place, great views, could stay all day”

Lawrence Hall of Science
Ranked #9 of 85 things to do in Berkeley
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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).
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities, Stroller parking, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children
Reviewed February 15, 2014

We visit this museum frequently (we have a membership). There are new exhibits that rotate every couple of months, along with ones that have been there for a long time. My daughter's favorite is the animal discovery room, where on weekend afternoons they take out animals for kids to touch and sometimes feed. There is also the ingenuity lab, also only open on weekend afternoons, where UC Berkeley students help kids design a variety of simple machines. There is also a planetarium and a movie theatre with 3D science-oriented movies showing (also weekends only I think). There is a cafeteria with a beautiful view of the bay (you can bring your own food if you sit on the far side of it, as long as there isn't a party or school group using it -- there are also picnic tables outside if you want to bring your own food to eat there).

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Reviewed February 3, 2014

We came here specifically to see the bug exhibit - large semi-automated bugs - awesome. Also enjoyed the permanent hands-on exhibits. Best view of any kids museum; you can see all of Berkeley and San Francisco.

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Reviewed January 28, 2014

During our recent visit, 1/2 to 3/4 of LHS was closed due to changing exhibits. We were not made aware of the closures and paid the full admission, plus parking. Because of the closures, the remaining exhibits/activities were crowded for space and inundated with visitors. When we complained, staff would not offer a discount. Very disappointing! Call ahead prior to visiting to be sure the museum is fully operational.

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Reviewed November 25, 2013

Adults might also learn a thing or three here. The exhibits are hands on and engaging. I would suggest that most of the exhibits are for kids 5-10/11. There are things for little ones to do, but they will not understand the principles behind the exhibit. There are themed exhibits: dinosaurs, the sea, etc. There is also a gift shop. The site where the Hall sits commands a stunning view of the Bay and surroundings.

Thank DianeM243201
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Reviewed November 3, 2013

The drive up and down to visit the Lawrence Hall of science was quite scenic and went you get up there, take a deep breath, because the view is just gorgeous. You can see all three bridges, the Bay Bridge, the Richmond-San Rafael bridge and the Golden Gate bridge. Of course all the communities around it.

We are members of Cabot Space and Science Center, so we got a half off the prices for the entrance. The exhibits are all hands on, so my daughter had a blast learning about nature, physics, optics and mathematics.

Even the cafeteria had a lovely view of the bay.

Thank budakSFO
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