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Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

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Address: 2626 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
Phone Number: +1 510-642-0808
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11:00 - 17:00
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Wed - Sun 11:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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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Magnificent facility. Great galleries, easy to walk through and to view displays. A good variety of art on display. Unfortunately we simply ran out of time to see it all. Allow 3... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 24 September 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

Magnificent facility. Great galleries, easy to walk through and to view displays. A good variety of art on display. Unfortunately we simply ran out of time to see it all. Allow 3 hours at least for this one. There is plenty to see and do in Berkeley. If you are staying in San Francsico and want a change of scene,... More 

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

Took the family to the new Bampf. We were really looking forward to the visit as we love seeing their vary collection of Hans Hoffman paintings. We were not disappointed as the new museum had much more space to display their fine collection. Architecturally The new building was a disappointment! Cold, uninteresting institutional cells... Especially in the basement. With the... More 

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Berkeley, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

I visited both the museum and the film archive. The museum was "between exhibits" and does not seem to currently have the staff or ability to make quick changes. There's also an interesting open performance space, but I was not able to get any info about proposed use or programming. Went to a movie at the archive.I'm really a fan... More 

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Stockton, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 February 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 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 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 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 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 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 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 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 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 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 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 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 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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