Lawrence Hall of Science

Lawrence Hall of Science


Lawrence Hall of Science 🗣 is wondering, “Did you miss us? After closing for two weeks to prepare for the Fall, we’re reopening this Saturday, September 17! Join us for Ingenuity Challenges, nature explorations in our Outdoor Nature Lab, and more of your hands-on favorites. Plus, try out some new activities in our Well Played exhibit.“

Reserve your tickets today for this incredible UC Berkeley family museum in the Berkeley Hills!

Whether you’re back to school or preparing to return, make sure to check out our K-12 STEM teaching resources website—a collection of free, easy-to-access materials you can use to engage students in science. Students can learn about different research careers, the brain and mental health, scientific tools and methods, molecules and cells, and much more!

On this website you’ll find K-12 STEM education materials created by institutes and centers from across NIH, including NINDS Brain for Life, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, The National Institute on Drug Abuse - NIDA, National Institute on Aging - NIH, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, It's a Noisy Planet. Protect Their Hearing., National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, and National Eye Institute.

You’ll also find NIH-funded resources from Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, Duquesne University, The Partnership in Education, Lawrence Hall of Science, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals, Tufts University, Great Diseases, Department of Human Genetics, Harvard Medical School Genetics Training Program, Northern Illinois University, Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Cornell University.
Karen Cowe, CEO of Ten Strands, and Craig Strang, Associate Director of the Lawrence Hall of Science, share how the COVID-19 Outdoor Learning Initiative was created, and how they are pivoting from a COVID response to a climate response:
Check out this new podcast episode that launched with EdCuration. Our friends Karen Cowe (Ten Strands) and Craig Strang (Lawrence Hall of Science) share resources and strategies for building Climate Resilient Schools.
Have a listen!

Spent a few hours doing some hands-on learning at the Lawrence Hall of Science at University of California, Berkeley. Located right near Tilden Regional Park, where we had gone the day before, the Lawrence Hall of Science also offers outstanding views over Berkeley, Oakland, San Francisico and beyond. (That is, if you go on a mostly clear day. The coastal fog in this region can definitely thwart your view!)

Check out our episode that launched with EdCuration! Our CEO Karen Cowe joined Craig Strang of the Lawrence Hall of Science to share resources and strategies for building Climate Resilient Schools in this brand new episode. Listen here:
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Are you open for a summer camp to visit on Friday? I was making sure you weren't temporarily closed. Thanks!
Catch Hayward Public Library Curbie and the Lawrence Hall of Science on the go team today and Thursday! Tell your friends!

Teens had an amazing time at Summer Solar Camp!

Led by science professionals from the Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS), and in partnership with Alameda Boys & Girls Club, week-long Summer Solar Camp introduced teens to solar power and engineering concepts, and there were plenty of engaging hands-on activities to reinforce their new knowledge and skills.

Thanks to everyone who made Solar Camp possible. Special thanks to program director, Joanna Totino who is a Science Educator at LHS and to camp teacher, Anna Gomberg, who is an educator in the Green Energy Pathway at Skyline High School in Oakland.
The first week of our 2nd Annual Summer Solar Camp was a success! In partnership with Lawrence Hall of Science, a group of 7th and 8th graders began their daily, two week camp experience by building their solar panels. Other goals for the campers include learning to use electrician’s tools, Larsen about green job and STEM careers and use engineering to solve real world problems!
Congratulations to the Lawrence Hall of Science on the opening of its new Robert and Elizabeth Karplus Outdoor Nature Lab, which features species native to the San Francisco Bay Area and was designed with the help of local Ohlone leaders.
A new $3.25 million outdoor learning space opens Sunday at the Lawrence Hall of Science.
Summer programming at the Lawrence Hall of Science provides the family fun for everyone!

🌲 Outdoor Nature Lab
• Opening Day
• June 19, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
• Special $5 Day to celebrate the opening of our all-new Outdoor Nature Lab!
• “Bring your curiosity to explore the stump stairs, practice using spotting scopes and binoculars to observe our local wildlife, test out our new self-guided nature activities, and enjoy our breathtaking view of the San Francisco Bay.”

⛵️ Float Your Boat
• June 26, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
• “What does a boat need to float and sail? Join us in our Forces That Shape the Bay exhibit where we'll be engineering our own small boats out of recycled materials. Discover what it takes to make a sail that works and a boat that floats.”


📷 Bravo Your City!
Our teaching resources website contains a variety of categories with free resources educators can use to engage K-12 students in ! One category is Diseases and Conditions, and it shares easy-to-understand content for elementary through high school students.

Wondering what you’ll find? National Institute on Aging - NIH shares educational materials about Alzheimer’s and aging; National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases has resources to teach kids about bone, joint, muscle, and skin health; and National Institute of General Medical Sciences explores the basics of infectious diseases and drug resistance.

You can also check out interactive reading experiences with the Duquesne University The Partnership in Education program, explore the cardiovascular system with the Lawrence Hall of Science Monster Heart Medic, and learn the science behind real-world experiences with Tufts University Great Diseases

Learn more about these resources and explore the rest of our STEM teaching resources website at
Learn about EBAYS, a program that engages students directly in science investigations that are both based in the community, and driven by local social justice issues, in this 3-min video: STEM Video Hall Lawrence Hall of Science
Seems like a good day to plan some Family Fun!

Make sure to pack your reusable Happy Masks before you head to the Oakland Zoo for breathtaking views of the Bay, a kid friendly petting zoo, and creatures from all over the world. If you still have some energy to burn, drive up to Berkeley's Lawrence Hall of Science . Finally, Stop by San Leandro's Bluebird Pizzeria on the way home for the perfect dinner after a day of exploring.

Register, donate, and get ready to bid!

Science Starts Here. From the giant DNA sculpture on our plaza, to designing rockets like an engineer and perfecting your mini-golf putting with math, you'll have a whale of a time!

Soar through outer space. Climb a giant whale. Meet a chinchilla. Our science center at UC Berkeley is designed to inspire tomorrow’s scientists, where their imaginations can run wild. The Lawrence is where hands-on discovery, inspiration, and fun combine—where “ha ha” moments turn into “aha!” moments. If you learned science in school, there’s a good chance you may have learned it from the Lawrenc

Operating as usual


Planetarium Director John writes:
Welcome to autumn. The equinox is this evening, 9/22, at 6:03pm PDT. That means that at solar noon today, 1:01pm PDT when the Sun shines into the big round hole on our Sunstones sculpture (in the Lawrence "backyard"), no sunlight will come out the other side because the Sun will be too high in the sky. (Actually a little before solar noon and a little after solar noon some sunlight will shine through, but at the moment of noon it will not.)
Tomorrow the Sun will be slightly lower at solar noon, 1:01pm PDT again, and there will be two narrow beams of sunlight coming through the hole and making two faint spots of light on the flat stone platform on the north side toward the building. Those two small spots of light are the beginnings of what have become to be known as the horns, which will grow in length each day until the winter Solstice. If you are at the Lawrence and if the clouds permit, check them out.

Timeline photos 09/17/2022

On the walls of the Thomas J. Long Business Library at Haas School of Business - UC Berkeley are a series of watercolor paintings by William Corbett, featuring campus landmarks. We're partial to this one! 😜


Sky Highlights for September 2022—Stars, Moon, and Planets! A Search the Sky Activity

Our latest Search the Sky video will show you where and when to look for the Milky Way, but you will not see it unless you are away from city lights. There are plenty of other celestial sights that are easy to spot, including Jupiter, Saturn, and constellations like Cassiopeia, Sagittarius, Scorpius, and more!

Timeline photos 09/07/2022

We love the Solano Stroll and we're so glad it's back! Join us and Science at Cal - UC Berkeley on Sunday, September 11 for a mile of fun...and hands on STEM activities with us! This classic East Bay festival on Solano Avenue in Berkeley and Albany features over four hundred vendors including 50 entertainers, 25 food booths, 100 government and non-profit agencies, 100 artisans, jewelers, makers, and much more!

Lawrence Hall of Science updated their business hours. 09/02/2022

Lawrence Hall of Science updated their business hours.

Lawrence Hall of Science updated their business hours.

Timeline photos 09/02/2022

Soon, we'll be bidding a bittersweet goodbye to summer at The Lawrence and taking a mini-vacation. The science center is OPEN Labor Day, but then closed from September 6-16. After that break, we'll return on 9/17 with our school year schedule: Wednesday through Sunday, 10-5. (Hours are always listed on our website as well.)

Timeline photos 08/29/2022

Get an inside look at UC Berkeley's new Center for the Science of Psychedelics, with director Dr. Michael Silver. Sat, September 10, on campus at a free lecture with .

Exactly two years ago, before the new Netflix documentary series, “How to Change your Mind” premiered, the UC Berkeley Center for the Science of Psychedelics (BCSP) was founded to provide research, training, and public education on a long-standing taboo in our society: psychedelic drugs. BCSP brings together researchers from across disciplines, including neuroscience, psychology, education, journalism, and molecular biology. Michael Silver, the director of BCSP and a professor in optometry and neuroscience, will provide an overview of the burgeoning center and its work to better understand the fundamental properties of the mind, brain, and body through psychedelics. He will also explore BCSP’s role in destigmatizing the use of psychedelic drugs through evidence-based, objective journalism and education, and he will discuss the BCSP’s plans to give back to the Indigenous communities that have served as stewards of plant and fungal medicines for millennia.
Dr. Michael Silver
Director, UC Berkeley Center for the Science of Psychedelics
Professor, Herbert Wertheim School of Optometry & Vision Science and Neuroscience

More info:


TONIGHT in : Join us at First Fridays!
🕔 5:00–9:00 PM (PT)
📍 Telegraph Ave. between West Grand & 27th St.

A trifecta of Berkeley organizations are teaming up for the fun downtown Oakland street fair, First Fridays tonight, August 5. Science at Cal, The Lawrence On-The-Go, and Berkeley Lab will be bringing “Bunny Copters,” a fun, quick, hands-on STEM activity that you can take home with you after the fair!
In addition, get the chance to meet two UC Berkeley scientists, Antonio Del Rio Flores, an engineer, and Naama Weksler, a biologist who will guide you through real laboratory samples using a microscope up close! Ask any questions you have about Cal’s cutting-edge research with our friendly team of experts.

Stop by for an evening of non-stop science fun!

Timeline photos 07/28/2022

Pinball Palooza is our featured Ingenuity Challenge! Explore and learn the inner mechanics of a pinball machine by building and testing your very own design, all while collaborating with our staff! How can you launch a marble? What is the highest score you can get? Investigate this and more in Ingenuity at The Lawrence!


A sneak peek at camp today! Here, kindergartners are learning about chemical reactions as they make their own slime out of polyvinyl alcohol.


NBD, just got mentioned on the Today Show!

Our classic beloved Sunprint Kits have been named one of the best outdoor activities for kids this summer! We have to agree. Get your Super Sunprint Kit now and start making frame-worthy magical nature images with the 🌞

Timeline photos 07/08/2022

Únete a nosotros y Science at Cal - UC Berkeley por “La guía microbiana para viajar al futuro,” completamente en español con Dra. Patricia Valdespino de Berkeley Lab, el 26 de julio en César E. Chávez Branch Library! Se servirán refrescos a partir de las 5:30PM (PT).


We're proud to present DIY Sun Science - our iOS app that is designed to make it easy for families and educators to learn about the Sun anywhere, anytime! We updated the app with new activities and a full Spanish translation in collaboration with the Children's Creativity Museum and Ithaca's Sciencenter with funding from NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement.

DIY Sun Science includes 15 easy-to-use hands-on activities to learn about the Sun and its important relationship with Earth. Learn how to cook in a solar oven, measure the size of the Sun, or explore shadows in model Moon craters! Each activity includes step-by-step instructions that have been tested by educators, kids, and families. Activity materials are easily available and inexpensive—you may already have many of them in your home!

Want to see the Sun right now in different wavelengths? Use DIY Sun Science to view live images of the Sun from NASA’s SDO satellite in the Sun Observatory. Afterwards, you can learn more about the solar activity you observed and test your new knowledge.

See awe-inspiring images of the Sun from NASA’s Earth and space observatories! Learn about the different features of the Sun and how scientists are studying it. You can even watch NASA videos of the Sun from the past 48 hours.

Download the app for iPhone and iPad here:

Photos from Lawrence Hall of Science's post 07/07/2022

The Lawrence on the Go truck is ready to head to your community! Coming up Tuesday 7/12 @ 10AM in the Library - in partnership with Maker Space, and , we'll be doing an engineering challenge, helping young scientists understand mechanical linkages as they design and test their own toys! Free!

Timeline photos 06/20/2022

Join us and the Hayward Public Library on Friday at 1pm for an exciting family event with hands-on activities celebrating the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope. Free! Info here:

Timeline photos 06/20/2022

🌞 Enjoy the Summer , occurring officially tonight at 2:13 am. There will be a full 14 hours, 46 minutes, and 53 seconds of daylight here in the Bay Area today! 🌞

Photos from Lawrence Hall of Science's post 06/19/2022

Our new Outdoor Nature Lab is at long last open and we are so happy to welcome visitors into the flowers, trees and science learning made possible by the Robert and Elizabeth Karplus Family. As you can see, there's lots of ways too look around, including a high definition spotting scope, loads of binoculars and magnifying glasses for your hands...and your phone! Can't wait to "spot" you here.


Introducing our new Outdoor Nature Lab

The Robert & Elizabeth Karplus Outdoor Nature Lab encourages visitors to explore nature, as a stepping stone to helping them understand big ideas about the natural world. It's the first major expansion to The Lawrence Hall of Science in 20 years...and to celebrate opening day, June 19, admission to The Lawrence is just $5.

Timeline photos 06/10/2022

Someone's hard at work on our new Ingenuity Challenge! Come build your own mini-golf obstacle course out of recyclables. Test out a tower, ramp, hill or castle out of cardboard while exploring and ! Our facilitators will engage your future scientist-golfers with design thinking about materials, stabilization and of course, getting that hole in one!
The Lawrence is open for summer hours: Tuesday-Sunday from 10-5. Can't wait to see you! ⛳️


We're very proud to present these three free, downloadable learning activities that support families with young children who are making choices about the Covid-19 . Designed for home, school or science museum use, each one is available in English and Spanish.
🦠Make a squishy model of COVID-19 mRNA vaccines.
🦠 Review and sort COVID-19 and vaccine science information.
🦠 Help fight viruses by building model antibodies.

Lawrence Hall of Science updated their website address. 05/19/2022

Lawrence Hall of Science updated their website address.

Lawrence Hall of Science updated their website address.

Timeline photos 05/10/2022

“Anxiety is… to try to safeguard you and your loved ones. So be kind to yourself and recognize that emotion is present because it’s trying to help you survive and flourish”
May is month. This series on mental health was created through a partnership of the The Greater Good Science Center, Bay Area Community Resources, and The Lawrence, with the aim of connecting youth with professionals and providing a resource for the youth.
In these videos, an Antioch High School teen named Giovanni interviews Maryam Abdullah, PhD, the Parenting Program Director at The Greater Good Science Center. They talk about mental health and strategies to be resilient during difficult times.
Watch the full interview with Giovanni and Dr. Abdullah at the link below.

Timeline photos 04/22/2022

Our special evening with Joel Sartore- Photo Ark is right around the corner. Join us April 26 in person for refreshments, treats, sunset overlooking the Bay from our new Outdoor Nature Lab and a very special talk. Joel will discuss his multiyear effort to document, through photography, every species living in zoos and wildlife sanctuaries, educating and inspiring viewers with intimate portraits of animals. His stunning photographs blend the power of art and nature to present a compelling vision for conservation. Read more and register here:
Thank you to Chevron, our Gold Sponsor for this event as well as Amplify Education, Bayer U.S., Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Sandia National Labs and Western Digital.

Videos (show all)

Sky Highlights for September 2022—Stars, Moon, and Planets! A Search the Sky Activity
A sneak peek at camp today! Here, kindergartners are learning about chemical reactions as they make their own slime out ...
Introducing our new Outdoor Nature Lab
fold and fly vert
Enjoy the February nights a bit longer - this is when the brightest stars of winter start to show up in the early evenin...
Volunteering at The Lawrence not only is a great way to fulfill community service requirements, but it also provides tee...
Tuff Pupil: THAT'S DATA (Episode 1)
Tuff Pupil - rhyming about data
Discovery Store Gifts for Young Scientists
Pumpkin trebuchet!
How Masks Work - a new Pandemic Detectives activity station




1 Centennial Dr
Berkeley, CA

General information

Welcome to the Lawrence Hall of Science, UC Berkeley’s public science center. We have been providing parents, kids, and educators with opportunities to engage with science since 1968.

Opening Hours

Monday 10am - 5pm
Tuesday 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm

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