The Lawrence Hall of Science
The public science center of the University of California, Berkeley.
Open Wednesday - Sunday
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
On a visit to The Lawrence, students collaborate to investigate new ideas as they become scientists and engineers for a day.
We partner with school districts to support science learning. We offer district-wide elementary, middle, and high school programs, either virtually or in-person.
We collaborate with a range of partners to innovate in science education. Together, we go further.
1968: The Lawrence Hall of Science opens to the public.
“The Hall, as was Lawrence, is centrally concerned with the youth, with science, and with the future.”
– Nobel Laureate Glenn T. Seaborg,at the opening Ceremony 1968
1973: We develop the first participatory planetarium, where visitors are invited to ask questions and contribute ideas.
1977: We introduce programs to address bias in math and science education.
1978: Through the Friday Project (FRID), The Lawrence Hall of Science is one of the first institutions to offer public access to computers.
1983: The National Commission on Excellence in Education publishes “A Nation At Risk,” a searing report outlining the deficits in math and science education in U.S. schools.
2010: Engineering gets hands-on at our new Ingenuity Lab. Tomorrow’s inventors start today, designing, building, and testing their ideas with the support of UC Berkeley students, staff, and volunteers.
2016: The Lawrence joins the Museums for All initiative, offering free admission to EBT cardholders.
2021: From our science center to our website, The Lawrence has a new look and feel, making it more relevant, accessible, and ready to inspire tomorrow.