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With some of the country’s brightest, most curious minds walking its streets, it’s no wonder that Berkeley is home to some fantastic museums.
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
, affiliated with the University and located on the southern edge of its campus, has earned international acclaim for its edgy, international exhibits and collection of local talent. The museum’s film archive, worth a trip in itself, is the equivalent of a year-round film festival, featuring the works of up-and-coming independent filmmakers. A money-saving tip: admission to the museum’s galleries is free the first Thursday of every month (otherwise, admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children, seniors and non-UC students).
Another popular museum on the UC campus, the
Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology
has a collection of over 3.8 million artifacts detailing the histories and habits of cultures from around the globe, with a particular emphasis on California native peoples.
Judah L. Magnes Museum
, founded in 1962, is the third largest Jewish museum in the nation, with exhibits on the achievements and arts of Jews past and present. The museum is open Sunday through Thursday and located on Russell St.