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Lawrence Hall of Science

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Address: 1 Centennial Dr, Berkeley, CA 94720-5201
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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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Nice for the kids and the view

Lawrence Hall of Science (aka "LHS") has been located in the hills of Berkeley for a looonnngg time. I used to go there many moons ago as a kid as well as an adult when my child... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 February 2017
Rob G
Santa Rosa, California
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Santa Rosa, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

Lawrence Hall of Science (aka "LHS") has been located in the hills of Berkeley for a looonnngg time. I used to go there many moons ago as a kid as well as an adult when my child was growing. This place is definitely a place of learning science for children probably under 12 years old. It is great for parents... More 

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Vacaville, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

Check the online schedule before you go so that you can enjoy programs being offered, and don't miss the biology lab. I took my children here when they were young, and visit now and again as an adult. It's a great place to go for lunch (in the cafeteria or outside on nice days).

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Martinez, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

Depending on the current exhibit, you could meet lifesize animatronic dinosaurs, learn how computers work, see weird science and weather. Lots of interactive stuff for kids. Astronomy geeks - one of the best places in the East Bay to get decent views of the Perseid, Orionid and other cool meteor showers. Lots of science stuff to get your hands and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 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 4 September 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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Ottawa, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 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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Stockport, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 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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Berkeley, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 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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Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 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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Daytona Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 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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